This week, our team has made progress in many fields. We have created a robot prototype. With this robot, we are going to test our team's code.

On Saturday, our team assembled a new 3D printer. This exciting new technology will serve many purposes. We will use it to effectively and efficiently create plastic parts for our robot. With a 3D printer, intricate parts can be made quickly and easily. This machinery will help our team quickly produce a highly-functioning robot.

We have also been continuing our programmers' training. Groups of programmers have been formed and have created code for use with our prototype robot. Scouting has continued, as well, and the pit crew is in the process of revamping our pit.

Our team has worked efficiently this week, and we are well ahead of schedule! With our amazing progress so far, we are looking forward to a great season.

January 4 marked the official beginning of Team SWAG 4060's 2014 season! Early on Saturday morning, the entire team drove south to Kickoff at the University of Portland. After this year's exciting new challenge, Aerial Assist, was presented, many members of the team toured the arena. While heading home on the bus, we discussed ideas and reviewed the rules.

Since Kickoff, our team has met for a few hours after school each day. We have prioritized our goals for our robot's performance. SWAG team members have been brainstorming and prototyping ideas to meet these goals. Team members have presented prototypes and ideas in front of the group, which we have modified and built upon. Many interesting and innovative ideas have been proposed.

Team 4060's pit crew has been busy preparing the pit for the season. Adjusting our pit from last year to meet the needs of our new robot has been a priority. We have added to and organized our repertoire of tools, updating it for the 2014 season. This year, our pit will be better than ever!

Scouts have been preparing for this year as well. They have been gathering information on other teams' ideas and strategies. We have used the information they have compiled to decide what we should prioritize in our own robot design. Scouts have also been in contact with a few teams, collaborating and working together to create the best robot possible.

Our annual fundraiser, an auction and spaghetti feed, is in a few weeks, on January 23. In preparation, our outreach and secretarial teams have contacted businesses regarding advertisement opportunities and donations. Tickets are on sale now. We are excited for this event, which has been very successful in the past!

Team SWAG's students and mentors have been working hard to prepare for the season. We are all looking forward to competition day!
The team will meet up in front of the high school commons and will leave at 5:20 AM. Try to be there by 5:00 or 5:10. We expect to be back around 1:00 PM and will be going over the rules given out at Kickoff for a while. You will be expected to learn the rules with us and may be tested on them. All students are expected to wear their shirts!. If you have not gotten the email yet, there will be unpleasant alternatives that anyone who isn't wearing their shirt is expected to wear instead.

If you wish, bring food for lunch and pillows and/or blankets for the bus ride. This is a professional FRC meeting, so we expect our team to behave accordingly. I really hope you know this by now, but Kickoff is Saturday, January 4th.