Hosting Our Annual FLL Tournament

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The Eagle Ridge Middle School FLL Tournament is an FLL tournament that we have been hosting annually for more than 5 years. This year, we had over 20 teams come to participate and many volunteers from our families, to friends, and members of other FTC teams. We set up the whole tournament on the day before the tournament. We had … Read More

Troubleshooting Guide: Troubleshooting Cascading Lifts

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With this year’s FTC challenge one of the biggest game elements is the cap ball and the mechanisms involved in lifting it. A lot of this article specifically is talking about the REV Robotics Linear Motion Kit and a few problems that can occur with it. The most common problems with the lift we experienced were items such as racking, … Read More

Troubleshooting Guide: Servo Issues

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We have been experiencing issues with setting the position of servos on our robot , specifically on the HiTech 785 servos. Through various testing we were able to solve this issue. By first extending the range in the core device discovery software, then adjusting the positions in the program, we were able to extend and retract one servo. Then, when … Read More

Orbital Visit

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This year, team Geared Up! Has added Orbital ATK as a new sponsor. Along with our wonderful mentor and considerable grant, we were also invited to a tour of Orbital ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility. In mid-November, Team Geared UP!, along with a few other local teams, visited the facility. There, we were split into two groups. One would see the … Read More

Showcasing STEM at Girls in Technology

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Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit , was begun by Adriana Gascoigne in 2007 to create an opportunity for women to in STEM fields. With headquarters in San Francisco and over 50,000 members located around the globe, GIT is run by volunteers in 60 local chapters. At the various events they host, you can expect fun, interesting and … Read More

STEM 3G Demo

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Several of our team members conducted a robotics demo on October 30th, 2016 as part of a program run through an organization ,which we met at the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition, called STEM 3G. STEM 3G is a program that allows high school students to teach young girls about STEM through educational and team building exercises. We met these … Read More