T&I is in charge of making sure all aspects of the robot work cohesively. This includes choosing the location of components, so they are in optimal positions, and so there are no conflicts or miscommunications between sub-divisions. If one component fails due to interference or vulnerability, the robot won’t work properly.
Every year, the Scouting Sub-Division creates a new website customized for each year’s game that allows for team members to scout during competitions. Data is available for all teams.
The chassis subdivision is responsible for creating the body or “chassis” of the robot. This is what allows the robot to move around on the field.
The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Sub-Division uses Autodesk inventor to build a computer model of the robot for the purpose of capturing every phase of the robot design, effectively helping to plan the robot’s layout and final components.
The Carpentry Sub-Division is responsible for building the practice field and components, as well as the robot bumpers and wooden prototype parts. The Carpentry Sub-Division builds the field that is used to calibrate the robot for competitions.
The Electrical/Pneumatics Sub-Division powers all the motors with the Power Distribution Panel and controls them with code from the roboRIO. Members control the voltage distribution throughout the robot. They work hand-in-hand with both the mechanical and robot programming subteams. They are also responsible for the compression and transportation of air pressure throughout the robot using compressors, regulators, and valves to ensure the safe use of air.
Students who are part of the Mechanical Division fabricate all physical parts of the team’s robot. There are six Sub-Divisions under the Mechanical Division: Carpentry, Chassis, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Shooter, Climber, and Gear.
Programming writes code to run all of the robot’s functions using LabVIEW. Robot control deals with both the hardware (the robot) and the software which runs on top of it. Autonomous is operated directly by the code team members create; the interaction between driver/operator and the robot is controlled by them as well.
Community Outreach is a project group created to organize activities within our community, and engage people in the principles of FIRST
Mentoring is a project group created to help smaller and newer teams learn how to properly build a robot, along with various strategies to help them be more efficient. Team members in this division go to other teams and teach them the necessary skills, along with helping them build their robot.
Ready, Set, Speak!
Ready, Set, Speak! is a website that uses verbal imitation (with a mirror feature) to assist children on the autism spectrum in speaking and comprehending language. The website displays videos of team members pronouncing basic words and a mirror function so the user can imitate the mouth movements.
In 2012, a professor of recreational studies at West Virginia University contacted the team about building a robot to provide a way for those with physical disabilities to participate in Adaptive Physical Education. APED applied the team’s technical skills to create a robot that can kick a soccer ball, and is currently working with Brad Weiner(an Adaptive Physical Education teacher) on a robot that can hit a golf ball.
Students create code for the team website. It is maintained and updated as necessary. A team scouting database is created, organized, and updated every year. This information is shared with all team members and other teams as well. Info-Tech is additionally responsible for the creation of engaging applications to share with fellow FIRST participants, as well as exciting games for all to play. The Apps Sub-Division is responsible for creating engaging apps to share with fellow FIRST participants, as well as exciting games for all to play.
The Awards Sub-Division is responsible for evaluating award criteria and writing submissions, from essays to scripts, for the Chairman’s Award, the Woodie Flowers Award, the Entrepreneurship Award, the Media & Technology Innovation Award, and the Dean’s List Award.
The Finance Sub-Division is responsible for researching and writing grants, organizing fundraising totals and recruiting new sponsors. A bill of materials is updated with robot expenses, and a detailed breakdown of both revenue and expenses are logged.
The Media Sub-Division takes and manages pictures and videos which are used in the annual scrapbook, the team’s Engineering Notebook, award submissions, and presentations. They are responsible for recording all of the team’s activities and match footage to be uploaded to the team’s social media.
The Publications Sub-Division is responsible for the team scrapbook, business plan, and any brochures or pamphlets needed. They completed all the layouts for the Lily the Learner series & handled event flyers.
The Graphics Sub-Division creates needed graphics, images, and flyers. All logos for projects, the team’s spirit wear items, button design, and scrapbook layouts are all designed. An annual business plan is designed and created, highlighting team structure, progress, and future goals.
The Animation Sub-Division uses Blender to create animations to submit for awards. Other projects include a Gracious Professional Video and smaller projects like animation clips for reveal videos and the Chairman’s video.
Oversees team safety and enforces safety rules. They are tasked with managing tool certifications, maintaining first aid kits, and instructing team members and mentors on emergency plans. The Safety Captain and Co-Captain have weekly safety recaps during Build Season with the team. Safety outreach to other teams is ongoing including collaborations with other teams. Safety improvement is ongoing.