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Thursday, August 8, 2013

New 2015 roboRIO for FRC


If you're curious about what the new controller for the 2015 (season after this coming one) is going to look like, here ya go.


It looks like they're combining the Digital Side Car (thing we plug all the PWM cables into) and the cRio (the real brains) into ONE thing. 

So anyway, there ya go. 

If you're bored this morning, at 11am CST, they're truly introducing the controller and are doing a Q&A. You can find that live stream here. 


For a LIVE BLOG of the Q&A click the link below...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Douglas Machine Picnic

FIRST Robotics Team 3313 Mechatronics visited one of our major sponsors, Douglas Machine on July 24.

Douglas Machine is a member of the Packaging Machine Manufacturers Consortium, one of our team's major sponsors. Every July, they have a company wide picnic where all 700+ employees come outside the facility in Alexandria, MN and enjoy some delicious food and just hang out.

Luckily, this year we were able to have our table set up and robot out shooting Frisbees. One of our team's major goals this coming season is getting more mentors. This was an AWESOME opportunity to recruit some more. Kacy, Molly, Heidi, Carson, Jade, and Bydlon were able to one-on-one talk to at least 40 employees about mentoring, about 10 employees took a business card and information sheet, and two employees have already emailed Bydlon about helping out this year. YAY!

The weather was beautiful, the pork chops were super delicious, and we were able to educate and inspire many different adults in our area. Sounds like a great day to us!