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It's finally here! With Bag & Tag rapidly approaching, we've had a really busy weekend. 

We had a problem with our bot's arm and had to do a bit of a redesign, but the issue was quickly resolved and we're back on schedule. Our secret weapon has been mounted and is fully operational!

After the diligent work our students have put into it, we've finally submitted our Chairman's Award application! In our time as a team, we've made a big impact on our community through various programs we've put on, including starting an FTC team at our local middle school and putting together a STEM summer camp, and we hope to highlight these achievements in our submission for the award. 

Our robot is almost ready for the Bag & Tag deadline, and we're really excited to be able to showcase all of our hard work at the first tournament!

 
 
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We've had another busy week! The team has had a great time.

Our robot's structure is coming together, and we have continued to develop our code. This week, we have built our final chassis. With the combination of our robot's nearly complete final structure and the code we have developed, we are looking forward to lots of time to test and perfect our coding and driving.

Our scouting strategy has been established. A team of leaders has drafted comprehensive match and pit scouting sheets. Each member of our scouting team has been taught the basics of our robot's mechanics. Over the next few days, students will be taking a quiz on our robot's parts and strategy. This will ensure that every member of our team will have the knowledge necessary for being a fully-functioning member at competitions.

As always, we're excited for competition season. This year, we're going to be better than ever!

 
 
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The past few weeks have been pretty busy. We have not only been building the robot but also working with other elements of our team. Our second annual spaghetti feed and silent auction event was a success, and a thanks goes out to everyone who turned up supported Team SWAG! 

One thing we're excited for is PRINTING. The 3D printer is up and running, and we've had fun making things--and admittedly just staring at it work--for both the robot and our team.

It's not all fun and games though, and some serious progress has been made. The designing phase is finished and the building phase has commenced! A working and tested prototype has been developed, and we're very happy with how it's going. We're pumped for making even more progress! Preparations are being made for the robot, and the arena and pit are being worked on by our wonderful building team and pit crew. 

And, of course, as a bunch of high school students, we're grateful for all of the parents and members who have brought great food to fuel the team, and members working on making sure we have a clean place to store it. 

All in all, great student minds have been working hard on making the team's vision come to life this week, with minimal distraction from our awesome 3D printer. We're definitely looking forward to competition and events this year!



 
 
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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.
 
 
There will be Parent Meeting and potluck on Tuesday Oct. 29th 2013 at 6:30
The meeting was previously scheduled on the 24th but had to be postponed;
we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience.
This meeting will be to discuss the following year and to appoint parents roles in
the team if they are interested. Students/Members should attend and bring food
for the potluck

 
 
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To prepare for the competition, Jt Mundi adjusts the robot's shooter.
Our team has been busy preparing for this Saturday’s Girls Generation competition in Ravensdale, Washington. Our girls have been practicing driving the robot and aiming frisbees. The team has also been adjusting the drivetrain to improve its mobility. Last year, our robot was able to shoot 3-pointers. In preparation for this competition, we have made small changes to our shooter and have enhanced its accuracy. Our girls are excited and ready to shoot some frisbees!