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First Half of the 2017 Season

posted Feb 8, 2017, 5:21 PM by Iron Kodiaks

The first half of the build season has seen many completions and plans for the upcoming robot!

So far, the team has decided to make the robot a dedicated shooter, with gear acquisition as a secondary feature. We hope that this type of robot will help us in formation of alliances!

So far, the team has built the omni wheels and chassis, and the electronics have been set up. The drive base is now operational, although further improvement is still needed. During a team meeting, a "scattershot" style shooter was chosen as the best route for shooting. The inventory was also more organized--this should help boost our productivity and efficiency in the weeks to come!

We still have many plans for the robot, such as the construction of a pronged winch for grabbing the rope, use of vision, a cradle for gear collection, and the installation of the intake roller system for collecting fuel to shoot.

New T-shirt Sales!

posted Jan 30, 2016, 2:45 PM by Iron Kodiaks   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 5:59 PM ]

We have begun a new campaign for our T- shirts! Once again, we are selling them for $15 and our campaign lasts until February 10th, so be sure to get yours soon!

Update: This campaign has now closed, but we will have a new campaign in the 2017 season!


posted Feb 7, 2015, 11:39 AM by Iron Kodiaks   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 11:48 AM ]

This week, our top focus was finishing our pneumatics to power our arms. Our arm is designed to have one static arm,  one arm that moves towards and away from the static arm, and pneumatics hooked up to pull the arm with a cylinder. We finished our pneumatic circuit this week and also attached our arm to the vertical shafts of the robot. Unfortunately, our arm seems to pick up totes in a rather unstable way, so we will focus on that today and this coming week! 

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Omni Wheels

posted Jan 31, 2015, 4:36 PM by Iron Kodiaks   [ updated Jan 31, 2015, 4:37 PM ]

This past week, we finished our Omni Wheel orientation and can now focus on our robot's function. This took longer than normal due to the need for an extra wheel in the center of our bot, which required the ability to suspend a motor in the center of the chassis. In the end we managed it by having two metal beams across our chassis for the gearbox to attach to. Also, thanks to Richard Henning, we have all the parts we need to make our arm's lifting mechanism and grabber. We even got our Rookie All-Star banner, so expect to see it at the Regional! Attached below are some pictures of these achievements.

2015 Hoodie and T-Shirt Sale

posted Jan 8, 2015, 5:05 PM by Iron Kodiaks   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 5:05 PM ]

Our popular t-shirts, designed by CustomInk and Booster, are for sale once again for $20. In addition, we have limited edition hoddies for sale for $30. Please support our team in reaching the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition by purchasing one. You may also make extra donations at checkout. The campaign will last until February 1st.

Recycle Rush

posted Jan 8, 2015, 4:37 PM by Iron Kodiaks   [ updated Jan 10, 2015, 8:58 AM ]

5 days ago, the newest FRC challenge was announced, known as Recycle Rush. In this game, robots are tasked with manipulating bins, totes, and pool noodles in order to form stacks on platforms. An interesting aspect about this game is the linkage between opposing alliances through the coopertition bonus, in which robots on both alliances must stack yellow totes on a pedestal for 20 points each. This is beneficial rather than redundant as ranking is no longer measured by winning, but as how many points each robot has compared to other robots. As a result of this, we believe it is beneficial for enemy alliances to communicate with each other in order to climb the ranks quicker than other teams. We hope you enjoy this year's season!
You can watch the Recycle Rush video here:

Applebee's Fundrasier

posted May 27, 2014, 8:57 PM by Jacob Prida

Join us at Applebee's in San Marcos on May 31st for a breakfast served by the team members! Tickets must be purchased in advance, from a team member, for $10. If you'd like to join us, please ask your favorite team member for a ticket. We hope to see you there!

The 2014 FIRST Championship

posted May 27, 2014, 8:47 PM by Jacob Prida   [ updated May 27, 2014, 8:49 PM ]

On April 23rd, the Iron Kodiaks boarded an airplane to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship.  Arriving in St. Louis, Missouri was an adventure for all of us since we didn't land until 11:56 pm, and, upon arriving to our hotel, were informed that our rooms had been given away.  A taxi ride and another hotel later, most of our group members were asleep by 3:30 am.Robots 2

We didn't let sleep deprivation and a 7 am start time at Edward Jones Dome stop us from preparing the robot for its first match in six weeks.  We reacquainted ourselves with the controls and, on two hours of sleep, competed in five qualifying matches that day. 

We were part of 400 teams from 21 countries gathered for a three-day exhibition of teamwork and engineering, and one of seven teams from the San Diego regional event given the opportunity to move on to the World Championship.

During the qualifying matches in St Louis, our robot was broken and repaired several times, but we kept up our good spirits.  It’s this same spirit that was recognized by the Rookie All-Star Award in the San Diego regional event - which is given to the rookie team that exemplifies a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implements the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. 

Although we didn't advance to the Semi-Finals, we did take a field trip to the Gateway Arch Saturday morning before returning to Edward Jones Dome to view the heart-pounding final matches (along with a roaring crowd of 20,000 people).  We attended the FIRST Closing Ceremonies and Finale, a four-hour party spread across America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome in which 12,000 students celebrated their accomplishments.

The St. Louis experience was more than a vacation for us.  We were able to network with other teams from around the world and learn how to strengthen our team for next season.  We also had a chance to speak with college admissions officers and possible future employers.  However, the most valuable experience was the inspiration to make our club grow and to expose our fellow students to FIRST Robotics.

Now back from St. Louis, we’re as busy as ever making appearances on media and fundraising for next season. Mike Kahn from the nationally broadcasted radio show “Popular Technology” came to Mission Hills High School and interviewed our 4 team officers, teacher John Guseman, and Principal Courtney Goode.  The interview is available online at beginning at around 55:00 minutes.

T- Shirts, Round 2!

posted Mar 11, 2014, 5:24 PM by Iron Kodiaks   [ updated Mar 11, 2014, 5:24 PM ]

Back by popular demand, our t-shirts, designed by CustomInk and Booster, are for sale for $20. Please support our team in reaching the FRC National Championship by purchasing one. You may also make extra donations at checkout.

The San Diego Regional

posted Mar 11, 2014, 5:14 PM by Iron Kodiaks

After three fantastic days at the SD Regional Competition, the Iron Kodiaks have been awarded the Rookie All-Star Award!

Receiving this great honor makes our team eligible for the FRC National Championship in St Louis, Missouri, from April 24th to 26th. In being invited to the event, we have made ourselves stand out among many worthy first-year teams. The humbling award came as a surprise to many of us, as we ranked 23rd of 60 teams at the regional, and were the third-seeded rookie team out of seven.

Any of the team members would certainly agree that this experience was unlike any they've ever had, and we would therefore like for everybody to attend.

As of today - Tuesday the 11th - the team has registered for the event and has prepared to launch a large fundraising campaign in which every team member has their own donations webpage and every team member is involved in running fundraising events. To meet our budgetary goal, the Iron Kodiaks will reach out to numerous potential sponsors, from local restaurants to worldwide businesses.

We would like to thank everybody who has helped the team to get where they are now. We are excited and eager to face this challenge, and hope that we can count on our supporters to help us through it.

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