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Canine Crusaders

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We are a proud FIRST team located in rural Washington that strives for success, not only in robotics but in bettering our youth, our community and ourselves.

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January 22, 2020

Hey everybody! It’s the second week of build season and we are off to a great start. Marketing has been working on pit walls and designing and ordering team merchandise, writing the chairmans essay, and weekly blogs.

 Lauren and Emma K., from the drive base team have been working on bumpers. Other members are working on a support system for the drive base and mounting points for each sub system. 

The pneumatics team has been putting their effort into the high shooter.

    Swerve team got the swerve working, and Diana is learning how to code last years robot.

   Low shooter is making the second prototype and working with drive base on mounting points.

   Electrical is talking with the sub teams to figure out how many motors each team will need

  Collector is flushing out final pieces for a working prototype and going through wheel/pick up      types.

January 11, 2020

Welcome to Build Season! Today was the first working Saturday since Kick Off last week. We got some work done, y’all! 

In the commons, our Electrical Team and CAD Lead were discussing how they would fit the electrical components onto the base. Also in the commons, the Collector Team was coming up with design ideas for the, well, collector. They had already decided on how they were to intake them earlier in the day. 

In the wood shop today, students, some mentors, and a parent were setting up game pieces to simulate the game field. The Programming Team and Marketing Team were all in Mrs. Edwards’ room. Programming is working on our test robot that is using a holonomic drive called Swerve. Marketing worked brainstorming and approving concepts for projects such as our signature boweties and buttons, as well as our Chairman's Submission. 

January 9, 2020

Kickoff! The theme of our game was introduced as Infinite Recharge.

We gathered at the high school very early in the morning and it wasn’t much of a surprise to see the majority of the Canine Crusaders and the Northport’s Mustang Mechanica yawning. Both our team and theirs bonded over a potluck breakfast. Shortly after breakfast, we watched the annual kickoff day live stream.

Our lead mentors then split us up into teams to analyze and understand the game. Each group looked at how to score points, the strategies to go about it, and what strategy would be the best to play. 

This year our build season is January 4th through our first competition; no more bag and tag date. 

Our first competition is March 6th and 7th at West Valley High School, Spokane, WA. The second competition is March 20th and 21st at the Sundome Stadium, Yakima, WA.

November 15, 2019

Hey there!!! On Friday, November 8th, the 4980 Kettle Falls Robotics team had our annual Canine Dine auction and dinner, ending up with quite the turn-out! Our team ended up selling ALL of our 50/50 raffle tickets and the community had quite a lot of fun with that event. After dinner, there was dessert with amazing treats that parents had donated. It was the auction that everybody enjoys: the Dessert Auction. 

During the dinner and socializing, the silent auction was held, varying from gift cards to custom-made crafts.

Following the dinner, the live auction was held and the auction donations were a hit!!! 

The kids and the community members enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun. Throughout the night, the robotics team interacted with the community members, answering questions about the robot, the team and FIRST.

Everybody had a blast and our team is very grateful for the generous donations and everybody who helps with our fundraiser; they do so much for us and we are so thankful for them...

November 8, 2019

Yay!!! This year our very own Robotics Team went to the annual Robot Rewind in Spokane and for the second time in our career, took home first place. Robot Rewind is a smaller version of the previous years game that is used to train new students and as practice for returning ones. 

We had many new students sign up to practice driving the robot this year, so congrats to them! Lexi Larsen, a freshman team member, says ,“The Robot Rewind answered many of my questions on how the Robotics Competitions worked.” Our robot was placed in an alliance with three other high ranking teams, helping us out in our goal of winning. An alliance is made of four teams, one acting as a backup. 

Cheering is also a big part of the competition, so a big thanks goes to those who did! Many dance parties ensued during breaks between rounds.For anyone who showed up as support, thank you! All students, new and old who went, had a fun time cheering and watching.

November 7, 2019

Boo! The annual Halloween trick or treat at the high school was frightfully successful, including the robotics gumball machine and photo booth. This Halloween terrified many highschoolers as their worst nightmare came true. Kids elementary school age and younger took over the high school grounds and flooded the commons and hallways. The kids invaded the high school with their costumes to trick or treat down the hallways. Not only could kids get candy but also get glow sticks, use the robotics gumball machine,and get their photos taken. The robotics photo booth was a huge success. Kids flocked to get their costumes on camera. The students were amazed by either how terrifying or beautiful they were. The night was filled with sneaky ninjas, gorgeous princesses, terrifying monsters, and even some dragons! Families with clever group costumes and siblings double costumes were always fun to shoot. We saw Elsa and Olaf, Maleficent and Mal, and even Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy....

October 18, 2019

The spooky season is upon us, and the Kettle Falls FCCLA is once again holding the Kettle Falls High School Community Trick-or-Treat. On Halloween night, from 5pm to 7pm, Kettle Falls High School will open its doors to the spookiest family-friendly event of the night.

Volunteer students will be running the community trick-or-treat for elementary and younger kids in the community. There’ll be candy, costumes, and a robotics-run photo booth, all available with free admission into the event. Candy donations are greatly appreciated.

Why hello, it’s a pleasure to see you! Summer is over and school has begun, meaning robotics is once again in full swing. We lost many seniors last year, but many new students have joined into the fray. From now until build season our returning students will be introducing them to all aspects of our team and teaching them the basic skills necessary for success. 

Our marketing team in particular was lucky enough to have not one, not two, but five new students interested in joining. So to show them the different areas of marketing, we’re running them through a few mini lessons. First off is blog post writing, where I, the one and only Loresa, will be teaching them tone of voice, grammar, and formatting. 

They were asked to write a brief introduction about themselves and how they’re feeling about these first few weeks of robotics. Are they nervous, indifferent, excited for writing but hesitant about public speaking? Only they can tell. Let’s start out with Diana shall we?

My first coupl...

April 3, 2019

Competition season has been in full swing, and with District Championships right around the corner I feel it’s a great opportunity to recap on the season thus far.

Week 3 saw us at the Yakima Sundome, competing against roughly 30 other teams. Our robot (Serenity) performed greatly for her first competition, securing us a place at rank 10 and a spot as Alliance Captain. We worked hard alongside our alliance members team 2605 (Seamonsters) and team 4125 (Confidential) in the Quarterfinals.

Our Chairman’s team’s hard work and dedication paid off when we secured the Districts Chairman’s award. They spent countless hours writing speeches and essays, practicing presentations, and smoothing things out. We are extremely proud of the Chairman’s team and everyone else on our team for winning their very first Blue Banner!

The very next week we were off to West Valley to compete in week 4 against another 30 teams. After just a little more practice and confidence we jumped up in ranks, hitting 3rd by...

February 20, 2019

Pencils down! Build season has come to a close and we’ve bagged our robot away until it’s reveal at our Exhibition Night. Blood, sweat, and many, MANY tears have been shed over these past six weeks, but it’s finally over.

Long gone are the many restless nights worrying about errors in code, sobbing over misplaced nuts and bolts, the feeling of hopelessness as the baby bot turned against its parents. Tea bags have been locked away, the doughnut population has been wiped out, and the chocolate chip cookies have fled in fear of their safety.

Needless to say we’re tired.

Intake team is still mourning the loss of their leader Preston. He died doing what he loved, suffering and crying over CAD. Somehow the team was able to push their mourning aside for long enough to add the intake to both the robots.

Vision has sent their child Flavio and the murder machine Jetson to the robot, and they are praying to whatever God they can that they stay on the robot. (Flavio has evolved into the perfect form o...

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