1/10/17 Intake

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1/9/17 Intake

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1/8/17 Ball Intake

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2016-17 Training Day #1

Today we had our first official training day for subteams! Here is a list of all of the subteams as well as some information on their first meeting.

Operations & Public Relations

Operations and Public Relations is responsible for handling all internal and external team communications, award submissions, team image/branding, and team logistics.

Written by Jared Hasen-Klein
The brand new Operations & Public Relations team is off to a fast start! We have started laying the work for essay writing and setting deadlines in preparation for allocating portions of the essay to students. We have also started working on our strategy for moving forward with our team brand.


All students interested in a leadership role as a subteam leader, project manager, grade representative, or other leadership role are welcome to attend this subteam. Every student who is interested will have an opportunity to participate in a leadership role. We will work on leadership training and guide students towards becoming better leaders.

Written by Marcus Bernstein
The leadership subteam has finalized a meeting date, and we are very excited to see the students that have expressed interest in being leaders within our team step up and contribute as part of this new subteam.

Mechanical and Manufacturing

Students involved in the mechanical sub-team will be trained on the router, mill, laser cutters, and 3D printers and will be taught how to assemble those parts and put them on the robot.

Written by Brandon Friedrich
In order to gain a better understanding of machining, today, we learned the basics of Solidworks, a 3D modeling program. We learned how to make basic shapes such as lines, squares, circles, and triangles. Then we learned how to upload the final model to Cura (a 3D “Slicer”), so we could size it correctly and then 3D print it. On Cura, we made our model the correct size so it wouldn’t take too long to print and then we printed it.


Students will learn and work on using CAD software to design robot mechanisms and make drawings so that the Mechanical and manufacturing subteam can make parts.

Written by Yoel Nozar
Today the design subteam started our first project, which is designing a robot to play the 2013 game: Ultimate Ascent. We worked on a detailed design of our robot in a linear sketch. So far, we have designed the drivetrain and a shooter. Next meeting we will work on an intake and design each part in its own part studio. This is what we have so far. We are proud of the progress we made today. We are still looking for new members, so if you want to contribute to this project or learn the basics of CAD, please contact Marcus and he will be happy to help you.image-4


This subteam will be responsible for learning about the electronic components of the robot and be responsible for wiring the electronics panel. This subteam will also be responsible for sensors and need to work closely with the mechanical and programing subteams.

Written by Gav Yanai
Today I taught the purposes and functions of each electrical component and taught them about power flow across the robot. Also, both new students expressed interest at branching out to more than one subteam, so I look forward to incorporating their knowledge of multiple disciplines within robotics in the future.


Students will learn Java and be responsible for programing the robot and developing autonomous modes.

Written by Alex Swerdlow
Today the quickly growing programming team has started to teach/learn how to control talons and use joystick input. We also learned the different modes and basic structure of Robot Java programming.img_20161110_150107700

Get ready for Chezy Champs!

UPDATE 9/23 9:29 PM

We added the most up to date schedules and streams to milkenknights.com/live! Check it our now!


Parents, students, and fans not attending Chezy Champs can follow the event from home! For those who have yet to follow along from home, here is some info about our social media, schedule, and stream.

There are a few ways to follow the team:

  • Match schedule
    Our preliminary match schedule is available now:14383403_685717988258046_1900858552_nIf the schedule does change, the new schedule will be made available at milkenknights.com/live.

If we make it to elimination matches, we will post that schedule at the same link as above.

  • The Blue Alliance
    TBA is a great website that receives live match information and relays it to the public. You can access our 1836 Chezy Champs stats page here on a computer or Apple device. You can also download their Android App and search for 1836.
  • Social Media
    Throughout all of Chezy Champs, we will be posting on our social media channels. If you do not already follow us, you can Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram. On Twitter, you will get the most up to the minute information and on Facebook you will get bigger picture recaps of our progress. 

    For the first time, we will be on Snapchat during this event! Add us by clicking here on your phone (with the Snapchat app download) or scanning our snapcode (add by snapcode):

FIRST on The Fosters

On the popular Freeform (ABC Family) Show, The Fosters, FIRST Robotics has been a main story time lately. Many Southern California teams were featured in the show. You can see us in the background on many shots as well as playing in a match with the focus team. Austin, 2016 team captain, is also the head referee.

In case you missed the episode, you can watch it on the ABC website here. You can find us playing a match around 24 minutes in and see our banner and shirts around 35 minutes in (excluding commercials).

Here are some highlights. Hover over for caption. Click each to see full size.

Playing a match Emma Dumont Pit area Pit Area Our Banner See some familiar faces? Austin the head referee! Look how we rank! Playing a match


And of course, a special thank you to Eileen Kahn, everyone at FIRST, and everyone at Freeform, for making this possible! Having these types of demos with other Southern California teams is incredible and we thank them for the opportunities.

The Fosters airs on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) on Mondays at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM for local cable and 5:00 PM PST for Directv/Satellite).

CD Thread

FIRST Championship Update

Hello again from St. Louis!

Today was amazing. We played a great game and are currently number one amoung teams who have played the same number of matches as us. Today, members attended many cofnrences ranging from Marketing to Chairman’s to Scouting.

In the evening, we had a special dinner organized by Chabad for us and the Israeli teams for Passover. In the middle of the meal, Dean Kamen stopped by to talk to us about his international initiatives and his new committee chaired by Shimon Peres. After that, we walked outside and saw Chief Technology Officer and Executive Assistant to the President, Megan Smith. We talked to her about our team, she told us about her initiatives, and then we talked about scientists. She told us the story of our division’s namesake, George Washington Carver.

For tommorow, we have five more qualification matches. The schedule is below:

Qual 57 (Red) – 8:14 AM
Qual 66 (Red) – 9:20 AM
Qual 79 (Blue) – 10:54 AM
Qual 90 (Blue) – 2:12 PM
Qual 110 (Red) – 4:38 PM
Qual 116 (Blue) – 5:20 PM

For the last Thank You Thursday, we would like to thank YOU: our fans, sponsors, the school, and parents for your continued support and encouragement. It really takes a village and we couldn’t do it without you.

As a reminder, you can still cheer us on from home! Check out Milkenknights.com/live for all the details.

Let’s do this! Go Knights!