While the previous livestream appeared to have been a success, I hadn't accomplished anywhere near what I had hoped to. I definitely wanted to get to the point where I could successfully demonstrate adding a new sensor reference to the code, then using a sensor attached to the REV Hub demonstrate that the sensor response was getting fed back to the driver station as expected. How to resolve that? A second livestream, of course!
Like so many others, most plans for this year got sideswiped by the challenge that is COVID-19. While I have not (yet) been directly affected, I know several people who have and there have been confirmed cases at the company I work for. This makes it a bit of a challenge to get the First Tech Challenge team I help mentor ready for the upcoming competition year. I decided to break out of my comfort zone and try a livestream.
The next step in the creation of my "Silly badge for FIRST events". I have actually progressed a little further, but haven't documented it yet. This time I start working out what I'm going to do to hold the LED's that will represent the electrons from the Team Ironic icon.
One challenge of being a FIRST mentor is that we have to let the team succeed (or fail) by themselves. We can give suggestions and advice, but it is entirely up to the team if they want to take advant ...
In September of 2019, I unexpectedly found myself drawn into a local robotics club participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge. It was my first experience doing anything quite like that, a challenge which was complicated slightly by the fact that the same was true for the entire team.