February 20, 2017

Yesterday was both fun and educational! The DOF girls (along with 20 other teams) went to Cactus High to practice driving and to get some experience of the field before the FIRST competition. Overall our robot did amazing, but we definitely found some stubborn obstacles. The majority of which belonged to the arm.

The gear arm is our most valuable piece of robot, as it gets us the most points throughout the match. Unlike all of the other teams we saw, our arm can pick up ge...

February 12, 2017

This week went by very quickly as the Degrees of Freedom girls were all so excited to begin build season. We began with reviewing the newly released game video several times before discussing the game manual and FRC safety rules. The team wanted to become as familiar as possible with FIRST and the Steamworks game. 

After the team understood this year's game fairly well, we discussed game strategy. After a lot of arguing and controversy, we decided the most points...

February 12, 2017

Today was the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff! The team woke up early in the morning to get to Central High School at 7:00am. Although we were all fairly tired, everyone was very excited to talk to other FRC teams for the first time! It was great listening to veterans talk about old kickoff stories and game tips. 

For a time that felt like centuries, we all sat in anticipation for the 2017 game info to be released. Until finally...

The FIRST Steamworks gam...

July 8, 2016

From June 6th to June 30th, the Degrees of Freedom volunteered their time at Shumway Elementary. Each team member took part in teaching various robotic elements such as programming and building. The team was very happy to find that the camp consisted fully of motivated and intelligent children from pre-k to 6th grade. By the end of the camp, every student was able to distinguish the parts of the robot and what they all did. For their final test, the students played a game...

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