Friday, November 15, 2013

Rockwell Animations- Voting has restarted (please continue to vote for us)

Hi all,
The Rockwell Automations future video voting contest has been restarted due to glitches in the system and people finding out ways to delete their cookies after voting so that they can vote as many times as they want.

They have fixed their website glitches, and we are now only allowed voting once each day.

Our video is now on the 7th page. It has a different thumbnail, and it also has sound this time.

new location of our video

Please continue to vote for our video! However in courtesy to FIRST and Gracious Professionalism, we ask that you don't try to "cheat," as easy as it may be. (No deleting cookies, using proxies, writing codes, editing page sources, etc.) We realize that it is very tempting, but remember that FIRST is all about being Gracious Professionals. However, please vote for us once a day.

Thank you!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Help us win $5,000!!!

Our team has submitted our video in the Rockwell Automation video contest! If we get the most votes, our team will win $5,000! You can help us by following these easy steps- it will take less than a minute so please help us!!!

2) scroll down until you find our video. it is on the first page on the bottom row in the middle column. Find our video and click on it. It is called Team 3008 wheelchair assist.

this^ is ours

3) hit the VOTE button!

4) Share the link and tell your friends to vote for us too!

Don't forget to vote for us every day! We are in third place right now. With your help, we might be able to get 1st! Thank you :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

See Team 3008's Interview on 'Olelo!

Team 3008's interview with 'Olelo on Children and Youth day at the State Capitol will be shown at the following times:

11/5 at 7:30 PM, channel 49
11/8 at 3:30 PM channel 55
11/11 at 8:00 AM channel 49
11/12 at 10:30 AM channel 55

VEX Tournaments- Nanakuli and Millilani

Our team did really well at the last two VEX tournaments that we participated in- Nanakuli and Millilani!
At the Nanakuli tournament, we won 4 out of 6 matches and came in rank 5.  We were picked by the 4th seeded alliance- team 3590 Waialua Intermediate, and then picked IPA team 4442X. We won the quarter final match with 71 points to 23, high hanging with a ball! Unfortunately the semi final matches were against Waialua High School 359A and Millilani team 1973C, and we lost.

During the Nanakuli tournament we also had our very first design award interview. We presented our notebook to the judge and talked about our team organization, roles, and how we came up with the design for our robot. The judge was very impressed at our innovative design and engineering notebook, and we brought home the design award at the end of the tournament! Now we qualify for the VEX Hawaii State championships coming up on December 20 at Honolulu Community college. Congratulations, fellow team members Dylan Bell, Jackie Wong, and Masanari Mitsui!

Our VEX team competed again two weeks later at the Millilani Central O'ahu tournament.  During the two weeks between the two tournaments we had developed a power takeoff mechanism to assist our high hang, where when engaged, all four motors on our drive train would assist and provide more torque to our arm for hanging. After doing our calculations we discovered that with our power takeoff engaged, our arm would be able to lift up to 48 pounds! But unfortunately, the shafts could not handle so much torque and they bent. During this tournament, our robot could only low hang. However, we still ended up winning 5 out of our 7 matches and ranked 5 once again. During the alliance selections we picked 'Iolani and Moanalua.  However, we lost the semi finals to the Campbell Sabertrons and the Tiki Techs from the Big Island.

Another Kalani VEX team also competed along with us at the Millilani tournament- team 3008J. Although they had never competed in a tournament before, their robot still performed well.  They advanced to the elimination matches with 1973D (Millilani high school) and Pearl City high school, but lost in the quarter finals to the first seeded alliance in their division 1973B (Millilani) and its alliance. Both teams did very well and were strong competitors.  Team 3008T will now be working on major improvements to their robot for the State Championships. Keep you updated!