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 4 Programming Progress

The programming team met with the design team to help the programmers have a better vision on what they need to make for the 2015 robot.


RoboRio Team:

The team took last years prototype robot and began writing code so that the drive team could have another robot to practice with. The team has run into a code that complies, but does not run. It has given them an error that says there is “no joystick detected”. The new web based configuration tool rocks! The team was able to very quickly assign ids to talons and update firmware with it. The team has figured out that deploying code and debugging code on the roborio is much easier than with the crio. Next, this team wants to update the computers to have the same program on each and continually debug the code.


Legacy Chassis Team:

This team has found that the chassis is bricked, if they still want to get it driving it will need to be re-imaged/unbricked. Next this team will need to install the latest firmware to unbrick the chassis, they will also need to debug it to get another working chassis.


Scouting App Team:

They will be continually coding, up next they will finish the subsystems for the android application. They also need to start a new code for a blue tooth server and client.

Week 4 Mechanical Progress

The mechanical team continued work on the two chassises. By the weekend’s end, four mecanum wheels were attached to both chassises. Gearboxes and CIM’s were added earlier on this week. Once the drive train is complete, work will begin on the manipulator(s).

The mechanical team has also fabricated a human player station and the team version of the scoring table is almost complete.

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!