One of the most critical existential risks for sustainable-minded teams (and the biggest single reason that teams “retire”) is the loss of their champion– the 1 or 2 key lead individuals who hold the whole thing together. In this presentation, head coach Nate Laverdure discusses how the outgoing lead mentors, the incoming lead mentors, the rest of the team, and the team’s stakeholder community can plan and execute a successful leadership change.
In constantly striving for an improved FIRST experience for Triple Helix students, team administrators share partially redacted Non-Medical Incident Reports (NMIR) and supporting documentation submitted to FIRST Chesapeake and FIRST headquarters.
Re-submission of 2018 report – March 5, 2020
Safety volunteer at offseason event – February 2, 2018
Triple Helix logs each of our community outreach engagements, as well as the ways we’ve shared our team resources.
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 11 February 2020)
- 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
- 8-10 foot stepladder
- CNC engraver/router
- 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
Peninsula STEM Gym equiment
- Radiant tube heating system
- 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
- Commercial vacuum
- Dustpan & brush
- 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.)
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.
Compiled by mentor Nate Laverdure in fall 2016, this document lists the top resources that have been helpful in his growth as an engineer and a mentor. They are representative of his interests and opinions, and therefore lean towards mechanical systems and fabrication techniques.
Taken together, they constitute his idea of an archive of fundamental resources (papers, presentations, videos, websites, etc) which are essential to being “good at robots” in modern FRC. The idea isn’t quite right– in truth, every team has the capability for designing and fielding excellent winning robots regardless of how well-developed their library of knowledge is. However, compiling these resources gives new FRC designers a significant leg up by rapidly exposing them from lessons learned from hundreds of people, some of them with over two decades of experience in this competitive robotics program.
The biggest thing to learn from these resources is simple: that nothing in FRC is so complex or far advanced that it can’t be understood by anyone willing to put in the time to understand it.
Triple Helix’s 6×12 cargo trailer is available for other school and nonprofit groups to borrow. We’ve prepared a short document with important information about the trailer and some requirements for the tow vehicle.