We are a High School Engineering and FIRST Robotics Competition Team from St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory located in Houston, Texas. Spectrum focuses on introducing students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while enriching our members, schools, community, and the world. Thank you to our Sponsors for your support.

We are a High School Engineering and FIRST Robotics Competition Team from St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory located in Houston, Texas. Spectrum focuses on introducing students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while enriching our members, schools, community, and the world. Thank you to our Sponsors for your support.

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Day 40, 41, & 42: Starting to sprintWe have been putting together the competition bot and powder coating parts. We also got the practice arm assembled and should have to mounted to the practice bot quickly tomorrow. Arm Practice RobotDetails(Arm Gearbox)Comp Bot\- Spectrum"If you [Read More]

Day 38 & 39: More PartsPower Switch and connector mountingWe worked on our power switch and battery connector mount the past two days, going through about 4 versions before finally getting a good solid setup.Version 1 and 2 didn't include the connector mount. This is [Read More]

Day 37: Springs on the Intake, Wiring Practice bot, Dog in the LabSprings on the IntakeIf people are looking for a cheap way to do a compliant intake without pneumatics or as a back up (which is what we are doing so in case we vent during a match we can still intake), adding some torsion springs is pretty easy. The [Read More]

Day 36: Drive Train, Belly Pan, Hook TestThe practice bot drive train has begun assembly over the past few days. There were a few minor tweaks to it as it went together to get everything spinning nicely but it is nice and smooth now and the competition robot drive train should go together q [Read More]

Day 34 & 35: Puncher TestWe were able to bench test our puncher concept today. This is uses fast McMaster solenoids, two 8" stroke 1.0625" bore cylinders, and an air tank before each solenoid. It shot the cube about 6ft above it's starting height. Note this se [Read More]

Day 33: Demos and Award SubmissionsWe had a demo at Neff Elementary Science Night tonight. It's always fun inspire younger students to get excited about STEM.We got our Chairman's Award submission in tonight. Now our attention turns to our presentation and deliverables.The r [Read More]

Day 32: Sheetmetal Delivery 1AwardsReminder your Chairman's Award and Woodie Flower's Award essay's are due Thursday afternoon, get them done and submitted tomorrow night so you aren't worried on Thursday trying to do it.SheetmetalWe have our sheet metal for [Read More]

Day 29, 30, 31: Intake Updates, Robot Update, CAD Download ReminderIntake UpdatesThis is intake version 8 for us. We modified the arm angles to improve the geometry and moved to smaller pulleys and smaller pneumatic cylinders. We did have to increase pressure in the cylinders to keep the closing force the same. With [Read More]

Day 28: The hard life of prototypesWe were testing how narrow our max opening could be for the intake arms and during the testing the intake decided instead of slipping against the cube it would rather cleanly snap two pieces of the cheap plywood we use for prototyping. We have new pl [Read More]

Day 25, 26, & 27: CAD and IntakeThe first of the robot parts were sent to our sponsor on Tuesday and we should be getting them back tomorrow or Monday.IntakeWe have continued working on the intake and refining it.FRC#558 Elm City Robo Squad put together a cool tutorial video on mak [Read More]