Wapato High School Robotics and Engineering Club

Robo Sparks

FIRST Robotics Competition - FRC





RoboSparks, Team 2926, has started their new adventure called FIRST STEAMWORKSSM, modeledafter SteamPunk. The team has started work on understanding the game rules and are working hard in coming up with a strategy to compete.

On Saturday, January 7th we traveled to Auburn High School for the 2017 Kick-off with a team of 2 students and 3 mentors to find out what challenge FIRST STEAMWORKSSM was going to provide and to pick up the Kit of Parts. While the travel team was actually at the Kick-off tyhe remaindeer of the team was able to watch the video at Wapato High School and they were able to begin studying the rules and looking at ideas for strategies.

During the first week of the build season the team came up with understanding the rules and designing their ideas. On Staurday, January 14th students began drawing out and modeling their ideas for the strategies they decided to attempt. The teams basic strategies are to try shooting into the high upper boiler, getting the gears to the flying machines, and to have a climbing device.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, the programming and drive train team were building a holonamic drive traing for the purpose of working through and practice driving a bot with mechanim wheeles. While this team worked on a drive train, the shooter team modeled out a possible design of a shooting device to see if the concept would work. They were able to get the motor system to work, the ball went through but it did not move the ball with the force needed. Lastly the gear team developed a model for their ideas of the gear catch and release mechanism.

Drive team holonaumic driveGear team prototypeShooting team prototype


NASA HUNCH - Apples in Space - 2017

This past year we needed some luck. With the seniors from last year gone the burden of leadership landed on the Juniors, now seniors. The issue that became hard to overcome was the fact that NASA pulled funding from the MicroGravity Plane. That meant that the new seniors would not be able to fly in the seemingly weightless evironment. The new seniors were still interested in continuing with the Apples in Space experiemnetation. We did however have a little trouble replacing the old seniors. We were however, able to conduct a series of experiments on apples to see how long the last with just apple gas. When we completed the experiments we were able to send a small contingent to Houston to discuss the findings of our experiment. During our summer camp we were able to gather more members of the team as we were able to excite a few middle school students who were here as well as a couple of high scholars who decided to participate. It is looking good when we begin the experiments for this year. Plus there is a good chance of ur "experiment" may end up on the International Space Station.