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Peak Performance

Last weekend 9 students, Brenda and Mr.Flo went to the Peak Performance in the Seattle area, hosted by Apex robotics. Our team made it to the semi finals where we (5th seed aliance) lost to the 8th seed aliance of Bear Metal, Jack in the Bots and Royal Robotics;1:2. On our aliance was Chill out and Top Gun. While the drive teams were working hard our aliance sat together in the bleachers to drown out the competition with spirit. Even though we didn't win ORF overcame many challenges, inculding a forgotten rope, and lost by a gear in autonomous. Again we lost didn't make it to finals due to little errors. Hopefully this next season we can break the semifinals curse and Power Up.

 Next week we have some exciting things that will be announced in the next Captain's Blog.


Live long and prosper

Co-Captain Llewyn Merrill

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What's going on?

Quite a lot actually. This week the yearbook will begin to be made in earnest, build team is busy with…"stuff ", the summer camp preperations are underway, the new computer is almost finished, preferences on ice-cream will be taken today(comment if you would like any particular flavors), and Lakefair is on its way.

Unfortunately the programming team is out of work, and now sits at a table conversing about non-programmin things.

Recruitment for new members is begginning so that by fall we will be able to come out in force.


Joke of the Week

What does a Romulan frog use for camoflage? 

A croaking device!

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What's Going On?

This summer there are several large events for the team. 

Summer Camp 

Here is what the student organizer for the camp Ryn Serrano has to say on the camp.

Every year, students entering 6th through 8th grade attend this camp to gain new skills, like teamwork and engineering, through hands on learning experience. We invite even those with no experience, because we teach them everything they need to know. We hope to spark interest in these students to continue pursuing STEM and robotics.

From June 26th to June 30th, you can find our counselors in the Capital High School commons mentoring these young minds. We start off the week with icebreakers, team building, and a crash course into rules, programming, gearing, and the fun that comes with the camp. With tele-operated NXT robots, these kids design, build, test, and go head to head in this year’s space themed game. We have many activities and games, crafts, and trivia in addition to the main challenge. Anyone can find something fun to do at the ORF summer camp.

The camp is held from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday to Friday, and the cost is $125. Every camper gets a T-shirt and a great time! If you would like to sign up your child, please contact Brenda Diettrich at



This July during the Lakefair celebration we will be running the anual crepe booth. We need parent volunteers and students to help us cook the delicious crepes and to run the cashier! Even if you can't volunteer for the booth please stop by during lakefair and show your support.

Peak Performance Preperation

Over the summer the drive team will be practicing for the Peak Performance competition hosted by team 5803 Apex. Stay posted for more information over the summer.


Joke of the Week

Three friends are walking together, and two walk into the closest bar. The third one ducks.

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What's Going On?

Odly enough the Captain's Blog is now written by a team co-captain! On Monday the team elected Peter Barrette and I as he new team captains! Also in the past week the team had its Sponsor thank you even tand team cleebration. The sponsort thank you event was a huge success, with wonderful speeches, awards and, most importantly, cake.

Here's what is in store and what the team is up to now

Build: Working on deconstructing the clone bot, preparing for summer project

Accounting/Marketing/Business: Building a new computer

Programming: Vision tracking

Photo'Video: Yearbook photos (surprise!)


Joke of the Week

How do english major get through Shakesp.

Will Power.

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What's Going On?

This week the team is geting ready for the Sponsor thank you event this Friday from 6-7:30 at the Hands on Children's Museum.

Team captaincy elections will be held next Monday due to the busy schedule of this week. The current captaincy applicants are Anakin, Jimmy, Llewyn, Peter, and Sean.

Summer camp planning is on the way, so we will be doing outreach and more planning for that in the coming month.

Accounting/Business: Building a new computer, fixed assests list.

Build: Odd jobs

Photo/Video: Working on the sponsor thank you book.

Programming: Video targeting

Joke of the Week

If H2O  is water, what is holy water?



Engineer’s Log Week 4 Plus Bag and Tag


Today, the gear mechanism was finished, and the team began to mount it to the slider. The drive base was also (finally) finished.

2/14/17 Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Work on Valentine's Day consisted of mounting the vertical walls for the hopper. Also, the pneumatics were worked on.


The rest of the hopper was mounted today, and the final climber was finished.


The climber was mounted today, as well as the ball intake.


Today, the gear mechanism was completed and the electronics were mounted.


The gear mechanism, which was finished yesterday, was mounted today. Also finished today were the pneumatics, which were also mounted.


Today, the pistons for the gear mechanism were mounted, and the robot was sanded to add a cool finish!


The bumpers were finished and installed. All components were tested.

2/21/17 BAG & TAG

The robot was driven to ensure that all functions operated successfully, which they did! The robot was then bagged and tagged.



Engineer’s Log: Update 3


Snow days resulted in cancelation of school.


Today, gussets and supports were drilled for the hopper. Sprockets were inserted on the gearbox for the PTO (power takeoff). In addition, we added a section of frame on the intake mount to fit the size restrictions.  


Progress on all prototypes was made today, in addition to the welding of the robot frame.


The final shooter prototype building process commenced today. The welding for the inner frame was finished. Our gear mechanism continued to be worked on.


Today, the shooter and the hopper were progressed upon and tested. The final gear mechanism prototype was created, and the bearing blocks for the gear manipulator were started.


The team held a meeting on Sunday because we are behind schedule. Progress included a gear mechanism that is almost completed and a climber tested.


***Sorry! This log was posted late due to our website being hacked! The problems have been fixed now. Sorry for any inconveniences!***

Engineer’s Log: Update 2


We began welding the robot frame today.


The frame was completed.


We began building the gearboxes and prototyped the robot's ball carrier. This carrier has a 48 ball capacity. Furthermore, a frame problem was found. 


We discovered issues relating to the gearboxes. In addition, the we continued working on the hopper; 


We tested the climbing, completed the gearboxes, and foud a solution for the problem with the frame. 


Lots of progress was made in the shop. We fixed the frame after the problem was identified. In addition, we began to mount the gear box onto the robot, and cut the hex rod to the correct lengths. 2×1's were cut out for the inner frame as well as the hopper supports, and the raw materials for the bumpers were obtained, measured, and cut to the dimensions needed.


Today the axels for the wheels were tapped. In addition, the gear box was mounted. We also began baseplate tapping and finally the gear intake wheels were finalized. 


CIMs on the gear box were mounted.The chains for the gearboxes were also installed. Baseplate tapping was finished and supports for the hopper were created. Along with that, a frame for the intake was made. Lastly, the shooter prototype was finalized.



Engineer’s Log: Update 1


Today, a gear manipulation device was built. The shooting mechanism was tested and was found to be consistent enough to calibrate later. However, it still had issues when dealing with multiple balls. In addition, the drive base was started to be drawn up via CAD. A basic idea for the rope climber was also designed.



We created a second gear manipulator that turned out to be more effective than the previous one. The rope climber was reviewed and found the be effective. Approaching finalization, the CAD drawing was worked on. 



Today, the shooter prototype was modified. In addition, a hopper field element was built. Several members were also checked off on shop tools. And a ball intake was started.


We finished the ball intake today and prototyped an entrance for the gear. To do this, we took measurements of the gear to determine the best and most practical method of picking the gear up. CADing for the drivebase was completed. 



The ball intake was worked on today. Also, several local mentors/guests joined our build team today and discussed design processes. More work was made on CAD.


Today, the drive base frame was finished and holes were drilled in the base. More stuff was CADed.


Today's main task was to disassemble last year's clone robot, which was completed. We decided to leave the electronics attached to the drivebase for another day. More things were CADed.


The electronics that were attached to the drivebase of the previous year's robot were removed today. Another group put bearing blocks on the new drivebase.


Today more members were checked off on shop tools. More work was made on the climbing prototype.