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.

11/10/2016
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.

Leadership

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.

11/10/2016
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.

11/10/2016
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.

Design  

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.

11/10/2016
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

Electronics

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.

11/10/2016
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.

Programing

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

11/10/2016
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


Chezy Champs Update 2016

This post was written by Josh Levine, Juliette Kashani, and Jared Hasen-Klein.

We just finished our first exciting day at Chezy Champs 2016!

Today was undoubtedly eventful. We finished the day in 28th place with 15 Ranking Points (RPs). Our record is 3-6-0 (W-L-T).

Today we started off with many problems with the driver station. This plus problems with the field caused us some problems driving and operating the robot. After several changes we got the robot to start to move. After rerunning through our pit checklist and quite a bit of tape, we feel ready and hopeful for whatever tomorrow brings!

Our last qualification match is tomorrow (Sunday 9/25): match 62 at 9:54 AM. Shortly after, alliance selection and elimination matches will be played. We will keep you up to date on social media as to how that goes.

There were some issues communicating the scores between Chezy Arena – the Field Management System (FMS) and The Blue Alliance which explains why match data was not available live during the day today. However, it has been updated now. As for tomorrow, it is unknown if the issue has been resolved so the best bet is to watch the stream and check in on social media.

Live Stream
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Social Media
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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!

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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):
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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


Championship Results 2016

Team 1836 The Milken Knights finish in 26th place with a 7-3 record in their division at the FIRST Robotics World Championship which hosted 600 teams. This was the highest they have ever placed and they look forward to starting preparations for the coming season.


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!


OC Regional Recap

This weekend we participated in the first ever FIRST Robotics Competition Orange Country Regional. In qualification matches, we ended up as the third seed. In the draft, the first seed picked the second seed allowing us to become the second alliance captain. We made it through quarter finals and semi finals without a single loss. In our first match of finals, we won. After that, the first seeded alliance led by team 3476 scored higher than us taking the win for the regional.

Wildcards are generated when a team that is pre-qualified for Championships based on previous performance qualifies again. The wildcards then go through the finalist. Three wildcards were generated meaning that not only did we qualify to go to Championships but both of our alliance partners did as well!

Additionally, we won the Gracious Professionalism Award.

We would like to extend our thanks to all of the mentors, each and every student, the volunteers and planning committee, all of our parents, our alliance partners throughout the event and in eliminations, and to all of the other teams. Congratulations to all of the teams who competed and to the planning committee on a successful first year regional!

Once they are finished being collected, images will be available on our media page or our SmugMug. If you took pictures or video at the event, please send them to us with this form.


New Milken Requirement

Noah Cohen, Staff write for The Roar (Milken’s online newspaper) sat down with team members Zeke L and Jared H to discuss the new Milken requirement of being in robotics. In order to embody the spirit of “we don’t just build robots, we build people,” the school has decided that we should build everybody. This way, Milken will take all of the stupid people and make them either less stupid or eliminate them.

 

See also previous Roar articles:

Austin Shalit To Become New Head of Technology

Breaking: MAST robot comes alive at night

North Korea hacks myMilken

Milken: Reinventing The Wheel

 

 

Happy Purim!