Head coach Nate Laverdure presents “Dropping the BOM: How Triple Helix built our most ambitious robot ever — under the most adverse cost accounting conditions we’ve experienced.”
Intentional Innovation Foundation, the operating sponsor of Triple Helix Robotics, publishes this detailed look at the organization’s approved budget for the July 2019 – June 2020 fiscal year.
Triple Helix and our operating nonprofit sponsor Intentional Innovation Foundation seek the donation of the following products and services to support our award-winning youth STEM programs. (Last updated 14 April 2021)
- Screenprinting, embroidery, sewing
- Vinyl graphics, heat pressing
- Audiovisual, DJ
- Waterjet cutting, laser cutting
- CNC machining and engraving
- Web development, web hosting
- Reselling surplus equipment
- Accounting, tax preparation, legal & insurance advice
- Wilton 5A vise
- CNC engraver/router
- 8-10 foot stepladder
- Precision machine tools
- Power tools
- Hand tools
- 6061 aluminum and certain other metals
- Polycarbonate, acetal copolymer, and certain other plastics
- Laser cutter ventilation & filter system
Competitive robotics equipment
- MK Battery ES17-12 rechargeable sealed lead-acid battery
- 205/75D15 trailer tires
Peninsula STEM Gym equiment
- Portable jobsite table saw
- One or more large industrial ceiling fans
- Whiteboards (QTY 3 size 4′ x 3′ ft, QTY 1 size 6′ x 3′)
- Lumber (3/4″ and 1/2″ plywood sheets, 2x4s)
- Polyurethane to finish tabletops
- Industrial scale (500 lb capacity, 30″ or 36″ square platform) similar to Arlyn 320D-36
- Safety glasses rack/cubbies
- Gaffer tape
Large-scale storage solutions
An immediate goal for Triple Helix is take over a small closet which adjoins our workshop. The closet currently stores JROTC uniforms and other supplies, so to acquire the closet we’d need to come up with another location to store these items. One possibility is an in-kind donation of metal wardrobe storage cabinets or lockers.
Menchville High School currently stores equipment in 7 sheds and shipping containers located around the campus and in various states of repair. Summed together these storage spaces provide about 2000 sq ft of storage for school groups including band, drama, and athletics. Triple Helix seeks to consolidate this storage into a large engineered steel storage building, which would provide enough clean dry storage for all school activities.
- Prepaid fuel cards
- Gift cards to our common vendors (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Amazon, etc.)
Latest complete CAD model of Genome Lambda, the Triple Helix robot for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game, Destination: Deep Space.
Triple Helix Robotics mentor Nate Laverdure details the history and future of the FIRST Robotics Competition in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.
This spring, Triple Helix partnered with an occupational therapy doctoral student from Virginia Commonwealth University to develop assistive devices for people in the Hampton Roads region. Through communication with the Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) a need was identified for a modified ride-on toy car, based on the University of Delaware’s GoBabyGo project. This project aims to provide access to low-cost mobility devices for young children without other means of exploring their environment. In this case, the recipient was a young girl who does not have the ability to move her lower extremities as a result of a birth defect.
To provide access to the car’s controls, a 5-inch switch was mounted on the steering column and wired via a relay switch to the car’s motor to replace the foot pedal function. Additionally, PVC handles were added on each side of the center switch for more ergonomic steering control. To also allow for simultaneous propulsion and steering, the handles fit over a laser-cut Lexan frame which, when flexed, activate an additional limit switch on each side of the steering column. This design concept can be applied to other ride-on cars, depending on a particular child’s needs and functional abilities.
This spreadsheet contains the raw scouting data Triple Helix collected throughout the 2019 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship in Fairfax, VA.
Bill of Materials for Genome Kappa, presented to the team’s Robot Inspectors at our official events in 2019. Genome Lambda is our robot for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented by The Boeing Company.
One of the topics which has come up repeatedly in 2363’s after-competition lessons learned meetings is how confusing it is for non-FIRSTers to attend FRC events. Triple Helix has produced a simple tri-fold brochure that can be handed to your non-FIRSTer visitors, team parents, grandparents, sponsors, etc. It doesn’t answer every question they will have. But, hopefully you will get fewer “I had no idea what was happening” comments from your visitors.
One side has general info that’s common to all FRC events. The other side has game specific info. Feel free to print these up, hand them out, and make FRC events more enjoyable for your guests.
Triple Helix shares an example of the slide deck we usually present to the team, and parents, prior to each competition outing during our season.