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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First tournaments

On the 19th and 20th of November, we had our first 2 tournaments for our 2010-2011 season! They were in the bay area and were qualifying tournaments for a championship (also in the bay area). We were very excited and had loads of fun, even winning two awards, one at each tournament. They were both the same award (the connect award) and were given to our team for sharing with first to the community. Below is our team after winning this award the first event. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Benefit Concert!

Hi everyone! Well, its been a while since moonbots and now FTC season is full in flow. In fact, we are in a tournament later this month! We will update you on that when it happens, but for now, we have some other news for you. Our benefit concert!

Our team the Coastal Quarks is having a free dual robotics benefit concert at 6:30 pm, December 1st, at the Blessed Sacrament Church (4525 56th St. San Diego, CA 92115-3629)! We are very excited and would love for you to come!

Thank you sooooo much for your support!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Our virtual competition

Ok, today was the big day, the day we finally competed! We were all very exited. First, we sat down and answered some questions about the robot. We told the judge about its balanced design, large loop holder, sensors, and other features. Then, it was time to compete. We ran our robot, and unfortunately for us, it did not perform as well as it had the night before. The night before, it had been doing fine, as shown in our documentary. However, due to technical difficulties, we only scored 90 points today, which was low compared to our max, which is 180. Despite this pushback, we are still happy with our results as our robot displayed its best programming and physical attributes such as its alignment with objects on the field, its compass sensor for exact turns, and its ultra sonic sensor for alignment with the walls. Overall, we had a load of fun and wish all the remaining teams the best of luck.

GO MOONBOTS!!!!!!! Thank you for making our summer interesting, educational, and fun.

Also, here is the feed from our robot's perspective:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Video Documentary, Blog Updates, and Website Updates

Ok, the video documentary is done, (edited by me) and is up on the website along with a whole bunch of other cool stuff! Be sure to check out the robot page for a great evolution chart, the programing pages for a copies of our programs and a programing log, and the video page to watch out brand new documentary!


Good luck to all the finalists!

For those people who don't want to go to our site, here is our documentary:

Also, a last minute note about our last minute programing over the weekend, As many of the team members were at karate camp, Brennan has been working hard each day to tweak our programs and make them work perfectly. Be sure to check out the programing pages on the website for more info!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blog number 12!!!

We've just finished working on our documentary, and it seems to be working out great! We got a bunch of clips in talking about our journey, so you'll be able to see our overall experience soon. Lately, we've also been working a lot with sensors, implementing them in our programs to help us be more accurate. Watch and see!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coastal Quarks Video 11

Last night we stayed up REALLY late working...I'm talking 2 A:M...But, we got a lot done- yay!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Meeting 10!

This video blog features a special note from our coach, Ming! In this meeting, we worked on advancing our idea involving the acceleration sensor to determine our velocity as well as discussing point strategies and making a good amount of progress on our autonomous programming. I believe that if we keep going at this pace, we will easily make our deadline and will soon have a consistent working, scoring robot.