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Build Season Continues for Titanium Robotics

First published in the Feb. 3 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

By Celine Shih
Special to the Tribune

With week two of build season under their belts, Titanium Robotics has continued to find success in its progress for this year’s competition, which is named Rapid React.
Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of more than 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which is frequently referred to as STEM.
This week’s focus has been on the robot’s drivetrain, the mechanism that essentially allows the robot to “move around.”

Engineering President Jeremy Yoo of Titanium Robotics holds up part of the group’s drivetrain prototype.

Members of the engineering team came up with various sketches and began to make prototypes for the drivetrain, though they met with a few setbacks. However, the team was able to smooth those out and quickly and effectively resume the process.
When asked about the progress made this week, electrical captain Anderson Su said, “I think it went really well. While there were minor setbacks, the team really pushed through.”
In addition to the drivetrain, members continued to work in groups, each focusing on a specific mechanism of the robot.
One team headed by the club’s engineering vice president, Yuxiang Zhang, designed the transportation mechanism, and completed a prototype out of wood. Another group completed the robot’s climbing apparatus, which has been completed swiftly regardless of initial concerns. One last group, which has been working on recreating the field components, completed building the Hub, an 8-foot-tall structure consisting of two funnel-shaped goals. This is what the team will use to practice scoring goals. Members of this team will proceed to build the hangar next week.
On the business side, members work to sustain the team’s social media platforms, consistently posting short videos, photos, updates and weekly reviews. Along with such, cabinet members have started their series of “Instagram Takeovers,” where one cabinet member is assigned to a certain day of the week and posts aspects of their day, specifically highlighting their time at robotics work sessions. This has allowed further engagement for the team specifically on Instagram, as well as given the opportunity to share what the time has achieved with the school and online robotics community.
Currently work sessions take place Monday-Saturday from 3 p.m. to about 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Those interested in joining the team or with questions can email titniumrobotics@gmail.com, or visit titaniumrobotics.com (and instagram: @titaniumrobotics) for more information and updates on future events. Titanium Robotics is always looking for more hands and minds to help out.
Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.


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