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  • Week 1 Update - Build Season 2017 Week 1 was an exciting and busy week for The Drop Bears. After 2017 Build Season Kick Off! on Sunday, we continued to work on our strategy on Monday. We all met that night to present our ideas to the group. After a long discussion of weighing up the pros and cons of each, we decided on our team's strategy. Everyone was happy to have made the first big decision for the season, our robot was slowly beginning to come together. Now that this was decided, we were able to start the design phase. Again, we split up into four groups and began brainstorming and fleshing out ideas for the robot. The next three days consisted of long conversations ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2017, 00:12 by Ellie Hebden
  • 2017 Build Season Kick Off! Waking up at six on a Sunday is not something that everybody enjoys, but everybody sitting in the electrical engineering building on the eighth of January was rather excited. Over the course of about an hour a group of new-recruits, veterans and mentors to the Drop bears were enlightened as they absorbed the rules of 2017s competition. Kick off was a rather long yet eventful day stretching to about 10 hours, though we successfully analysed the game rules. We did this by getting into groups and each analysing game rules from different sections, before coming together to present our findings to the group. Then, we split up into groups again to develop a range of game strategies to be ...
    Posted 11 Jan 2017, 18:34 by Ellie Hebden
  • A Year in Review 2016 has been a big year for the Drop Bears. We started the year off off with build season kick off on the 7th of January. Everyone was excited and enthusiastic about the new season. FIRST Stronghold proved to be a challenging but enjoyable game. We had soon designed a robot we were very proud of and began construction and coding. The last weeks of build season were frantic as usual, but it all payed off at the end when we were able to see our finished work. Our next event of the year was the robot reveal! It is always one of the best events this year as the team is able to show their friends and family ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2017, 18:31 by Ellie Hebden
  • Sponsor Showcase Towards the end of the year we held our Annual Sponsor Showcase. This event is open to all of our sponsors as well and family and friends so they can see what we have been working on. It is a great event for the students as well as they are able to showcase what they and the team have been working hard on over the course of the year. Everyone was excited as more and more guests began to arrive. We began by showing our competition robot, S.Baldrick, who is a crowd favourite. Guests got the opportunity to drive him, which got everyone quite excited. We had a Zumo bot stall where the recruits were able to show ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2017, 18:12 by Ellie Hebden
  • Zumo Competition The recruits first term in The Drop Bears was an action packed one. With help from the veteran members, they had to assemble and program a Zumo Robot in 6 weeks in a kind of mini build season. Zumo competitions are run with robots less than 10x10x10 cm, and the aim is to push your opponent outside the white tape on the edges of the ring.  The aim of this exercise was to teach them some basic mechanical and software skills while at the same time get them working in a build season like environment - producing a product with limited time and resources. In groups with a veteran member they went through the Zumo assembly. The main mechanical skill they ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2017, 18:49 by Ellie Hebden
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