Programming Team Progress – Week 5

The programming team met on February 3, 5 and 6. Some students are working on code at home outside of our normal meetings.

We do not have tablets we need to test on. This is not yet blocking the team as we can continue developing the software and testing on the android simulator. We will need the actual devices for final testing.

The chassis with the roboRio and Talons is now functional. The code was missing calls to motors, though. The roboRio and chassis will be transitioned to LANCO for the parts to be re-purposed.

Next week we will assign subsystems for developers to write for the 2015 robot.

Some wheels do not drive in a predictable manner.

The spread sheet parser is complete.

We will continue to write code for the subsystems of the android application (initial database schema definition) and then start new code (blue tooth server, blue tooth client).

Week Three Update

The Electrical Team has been working on completing the electrical test board and installing it onto a test chassis so the Programming team to begin installing the code.  Wiring for a second electrical board has begun, and it will be installed on the competition robot next week.

Week 1 and 2 progress

The design team has been busy and has successfully created a chassis design and a good conceptual model of the rest of the robot.

The mechanical team has been keeping busy modifying the cart, assembling gear boxes, and building field elements. James Libby, the LANCO cnc master started, on Saturday, cutting the box tubing that will make up the majority of our robot’s chassis. He hopes to finish it Monday night. The mechanical team has also been doing some prototyping for the design team.

The electrical team has rewired our batteries, replaced the cRIO’s and speed controllers on the two older robot chassises. The new roboRIO has now been installed on a drivable chassis.

Galactic Bowling Robotics Fundraiser

 January 18th, 2015

Come to the Northern Force galactic bowling fundraiser at Spare Time Bowling on Riverside Street in Portland! It will run from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  Admission is $12 dollars, which covers shoes, at the door (the admission fee does not cover food and arcade games).

Robotics members will receive an hour towards their fundraising requirements for every friend or family member they bring with them. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go towards the Northern Force FalGor robotics team, and help support and fund the team.

Live life in the fast lane, come and join us in your spare time. We’re gonna have a ball!  

2015 Challenge: Recycle Rush

This year’s challenge was released at the 2015 kickoff! Build season has started and engineering is now underway! Recycle Rush is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. If you were unable to attend, here is a link to the game manual and some helpful videos:


Diagram of Field

Here’s to a great season!

Click for the Game Manual.

Video Reveal:


Friday Family Fun Night with Robotics!

Come join us for a Family Fun Night with robotics!

There will be robot races, games, dancing and food.


Race (a robot) against a friend, parent, or mentor through an obstacle course. Sign ups that night.

When: Friday night, December 12th 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Where: Falmouth High School cafeteria

Who: Anyone on the team and their families

Food: Pizza (sign up on the google doc so we have an estimate)

Robotics Family Fun Night Sign up

Bring: Drinks and desserts to share

Games: Corn hole, washers, ping pong and can jam


Hope to see everyone there.

Mr Kraljic, Mrs Moutinho, John Alling, and Abraham Eaton

Upcoming Fundraisers


Light Bulb Sales

Nov 10th
7:30 am to 8:30 pm
Falmouth High School

Cosmic Bowling

 Nov 10th
 9:00 to 11:00 pm
 Spare Time Bowling
$12.00 include shoes (Purchase at the door)

The Blue Alliance


Founded in the fall of 2006, The Blue Alliance began as a website dedicated to providing everyone involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) with scouting data and match videos. Since then, the project has grown to include developers from within the FIRST community from various teams all over the world. They continually strive to make The Blue Alliance an even more valuable resource for our users.

Check out our competition history at The Blue Alliance!

Try out The Blue Alliance Android app for stats on the go!

Somewhere in New York

The Internet and I have not been getting along, so no posts Friday and Saturday. Sorry!

Friday we had 4 qualification matches, resulting in 3 wins 4 losses overall. Saturday we lost our match in the morning. At 10:30, we were… not selected for an elimination alliance.

Not much of a surprise. We ended up 70-something in Archimedes. While it would have been nice to play a few more rounds, we weren’t exactly expecting to be pick, so it was no great disappointment. Instead, we packed up, got lunch, and then watched some rounds from the stands. For the drive team, these were among the first matches we had watched. It’s a good long walk from the pits to the stands, so we hadn’t made it many times.

Division elimination took most of the afternoon, but eventually the winners of all four assembled on Einstein, the final field. Einstein matches were interspersed with speeches and the awards ceremony. We were pleased to note that our adversaries from Manchester, Team 610, had risen to the top of Galileo division.

The final matches took several hours, all told. Arthur and I had a nice vantage point of the field. We and the Team 172 (Buzz) students cheered 610 on… probably confusing their drive team in the process. We’re happy to say that team 610’s alliance won! Which means we can now say that we didn’t win Manchester, but only because the World Champion robot was there.

But wait, there’s more! Team 125 (Nutrons) and Team 4761 (Robockets) rode down from Boston together, but their bus broke down Saturday. So, in addition to our own members, we have about a dozen Robocketeers aboard the bus with us. It’s cramped… but I’m happy to report that I slept even better on the floor than on a seat (and no one stepped on me–thanks, guys!).

We’re now about 18 hours into the trip back, and expect that it will be at least 6 hours before we get to exit 46. On the bright side, we’re definitely bonding.

See you tonight!

No, we’re not dead