Our team is SharkBytes, #13050, from The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California. Our team includes several seventh and eighth-graders. We share interests spanning many disciplines and subjects. Some members of our team have had previous experience with FTC, but the majority of us are new to it. Our team is very enthusiastic about learning more about STEM and Robotics, and we aspire to apply our knowledge from outside this program to our FTC projects.
This season, we worked with an occupational therapist from California Children's services to create a GoBabyGo car for a disabled child. GoBabyGo is a national community-based, research, design, and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children, from birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility. The program was started in 2012 by Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. The program provides children with disabilities the opportunity for movement, mobility, and socialization. In the four years our team has been together, we have created five cars for disabled children. We focus on younger children, because insurance does not pay for a wheelchair until a child hits five years old.
On November 14th, we met with John Feland, an engineer, who helped critique our plan for the robot. Each subteam pitched their design plans to him, and he gave many helpful suggestions. He helped critique the intake, launcher, and wobble. He brought up many helpful suggestions for the intake, encouraged us to look at real flywheels for the launcher, and how to implement the wobble arm effectively. The programming team met with Wes Chao about tensor flow, and we got general advice from Al Davies, both of which teach at our school.
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