2473 was founded in 2007 by just 7 students with the desire to learn how to build a robot. Today, the team has grown to 65 students divided into several subteams that work together, constructing a complex robot by the end of each season.
The 2473 FRC 2017 season is underway! Building off of the 2016 season, this team looks to take the next step in becoming a cohesive group of individuals competing in robotics. The challenge this year is called FIRST Steamworks and is detailed below.
Our team’s strategy this year revolved around delivering a gear to the airlift during the autonomous period, picking up and delivering gears during the driver operated period, and climbing a rope during the final 30 seconds of the game. We believed that this strategy would give us the best chance to be chosen as an alliance during playoff elimination rounds at tournaments.
After kickoff, all members of this team contributed towards brainstorming a strategy that would give us an ideal position at tournaments, and a strategy document is formulated. Based off of this, subteams created requirement documents for specific mechanisms of the robot, both hardware and software, and this becomes a contract that sets the standards for our end product. The project has to meet every single one of these requirements and could exceed these to meet any reaches if they have time.
The hardware teams collaborate using Computer Aided Design (CAD) for planning the spacing distributions on the robot and ensures both accuracy and precision in the manufacturing of parts. The students operate machinery provided by the facilities at Cupertino High School to build their projects, and after an intense prototyping process under a strict schedule, high quality hardware is produced.
The software team cohesively works as a unit to bring this hardware to life. Collaborating using technologies for version control such as Github and communication such as Slack, teams are able to work in an efficient manner. The 2473 software team endeavors in areas such as computer vision, networking, usage of the WPI library, implementing sensors, and other special projects in order to make the most out of the fine product produced by the hardware team.
Assisting with this process are our amazing mentors. With 8 mentors total for both the hardware and software subteams, they provide their time, knowledge, and expertise to guide students in the right direction. Students are able to remain productive while also learning immensely under the selfless mentors, who donate several hours every week to working with us.
It remains to be seen how well our designs and strategies pay off. We are currently in our summer pre-season training, and it’s important for us to keep improving everyday and delivering to our schedule. What this all results in remains to be seen at tournaments, but if all requirements are delivered as specified early on in the season, we will be in a very good position. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming 2018 FRC season!
Team 2473 group at the Worlds Championship at Houston with the 2017 season robot