To start off this issue, we would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters. This wouldn’t be possible without all of you.
A big thank you to our aluminum sponsors:
Carol & Troy Ross, from our local school board,
Dianne Hope, from our local school board,
Lee County Bank,
Pilot Grove Bank,
and Matt’s Greenhouse,
Our bronze sponsor:
Chuck & Lee Vandenberg, from the Pen City Current,
Our silver sponsors:
Seither and Cherry,
and Mohrfeld Electric
And our gold sponsors:
Huffman’s Welding & Machine,
and Axalta Coating Systems
In addition, we would also like to thank the following people for in-kind donations:
Kevin & Heather Harter,
and Steffensmier Welding
We would also like to thank Kumar and the Elliott Test Kitchen for everything he has done for us.
The Cyberhounds started off the season with a community night at the Elliott Test Kitchen. Many possible sponsors attended the community night. At the community night, the Cyberhounds discussed:
- What the Cyberhounds are all about
- The past seasons that the Cyberhounds have participated in
- The upcoming competition dates
- The costs of the upcoming competitions
2020 Season Reveal
Our next event was the reveal day in Cedar Falls, Iowa. At this event, we found out the tasks and a description of the game for the robot. We also found out the required robot properties, cost limits, rules and criteria, and received our Kit of Parts. After the reveal day, the Cyberhounds will start their build season, and later go to competition!
What We Need
Your help is what keeps our team going. Monetary support is always helpful, but in-kind donations and mentorship are just as helpful! For in-kind donations, we have come up with some ideas here. If you don’t see something on here, we probably can still use it. The Cyberhounds would like the following:
- 2-3 dozen work gloves
- Battery spill kit (latex gloves, baking soda, plastic bags)
- Band saw
- Safety goggles
- Air compressor
- Pneumatic impact driver
Any materials such as wood, aluminum, and higher gauges of wire are always helpful too!
2020 Game Description
From the first website:
In INFINITE RECHARGE, two alliances work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. Each Alliance, along with their trusty droids, race to collect and score Power Cells in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to get their Shield Generator operational in order to protect the city!
Team Update and Progress
The Cyberhounds have started working on building the robot. We have been working on the robot for almost 4 weeks. There are different sections of the robot that we have that we need to build in order for the robot to complete the obstacles in the game. The different sections are the base and drivetrain, the intake, storage, and shooting, the control panel wheel, the hanging mechanism, and the programming and electrical part of it. So far, we have made great progress.
Here are some pictures of our progress: