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Meet the Sehome Seamonsters FRC (First Robotics Competition) Team 2605 (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the slide-to-the-left-slide-to-the-right-forward-backwards-fight-robot-fight dept.

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We've seen FIRST robotics competitions on Slashdot before. But Kraken-themed FIRST robots? And a good look at what goes into making a competitive robot? For that, Timothy went to Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington, where members of their Seamonsters robotics team (AKA FIRST Robotics Competition team # 2605; it's a team number, not a date) gave him a good look at their robot's guts, along with showing him how it's controlled and how they organize the 25+ people who work to build and run their robot(s). If you're thinking about joining or starting a FIRST team, this video is essential viewing for you. It's also essential if you just like the idea of robots competing with each other at pyramid-climbing and Frisbee-style disc-throwing. Go, bots, go! Update: 05/08 22:16 GMT by T : Correction: I didn't go to the high school — much simpler, I met the robot creators (and their disk-chucking robot) at LinuxFest Northwest, where they had an impressive demo room set up.

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I believe in SCIENCE (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about a year ago | (#43667157)

God created science so that humans could evolve from monkeys and experiment with electricity. I am glad to see that some people still belive in the holy pursuit of SCIENCE because this pleases JESUS and helps to fight SATAN and FRED.

Re:I believe in SCIENCE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43667273)

I don't believe that I have ever witnessed this poster make a meaningful post.

HERETICK! (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about a year ago | (#43667301)

You get detention INDEFINITELY! Read more books and your brain will sublimate the blasphemic desires!! BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE! Laura hates you.

Re:I believe in SCIENCE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43667553)

remember some people are still new to this whole internet discussion thing, they have to spend some time throwing things up here and there to get used to the idea of how it all works. in a few months the jitters will pass, they will settle down and their posts will mature into something meaningful, or they get bored and wander off. Until then its like a 13 year old trying to find an identity.

Re:I believe in SCIENCE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43670327)

I don't believe that I have ever witnessed this poster make a meaningful post.

Yeah huh? Too bad, he picked a good user name too,but he wastes it by being stupid.

"When I've got nothing to say, my mouth is closed" - Talking Heads

Google News Takes Partisan Stance On Benghazi (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43667267)

"House committee hearing on Benghazi attack opens on partisan note"

Good fucking grief. No bias there huh?

Burn in hell, fuckers....

Obama lied, Chris Stevens Died (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43667347)

"Pentagon spokesman George Little said, 'We have repeatedly stated that . . . our forces were unable to reach it in time to intervene to stop the attacks.' That is true only if the Pentagon is incapable of improvising. If you see people in a burning house, you do your best to help immediately; you dont wait for the fire department to respond in a normal manner. If called upon, the Marines on Sigonella would have gathered whoever was on hand and piled into one of a dozen military planes parked at the base. The Benghazi airport 90 minutes away was secure; CIA operatives were standing on the runway, because they had improvised by hiring a plane and flying in from the embassy in Tripoli, 400 miles away. A fighter jet could have refueled at that airport, with the CIA providing cover. Instead, the military ordered four Special Operations soldiers at the Tripoli embassy not to fly to Benghazi and join the CIA team."

Battlebots, anyone? (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | about a year ago | (#43668447)

Anyone remember that show called BattleBots? That became later Robot Wars? As a kid I used to love that, never missing a single episode... Too bad it got canceled in favor or shows I won't even dare name. It was a huge inspiration for me and all the kids I used to talk about it with.

Re:Battlebots, anyone? (1)

ThorGod (456163) | about a year ago | (#43669585)

It's very similar to that. There's that other show, now...forget the name.

Getting your team highlighted on /.? (1)

ThorGod (456163) | about a year ago | (#43668509)

Nice outreach.

Nice work! (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43668755)

That's quite an achievment for those young people, I'm very impressed. They have a good grasp of programming (in C++) and modern electronics, all combined to make an impressively cool frisbee launcher/ reloader. Shows a lot of ingenuity and design work all placed in a workable mobile package. Well done! Much luck for them all in their future endeavors.

(Just please, don't design and build any Terminators, because they'd work so well!)

Seamonsters? 1410 is the REAL Kraken (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43669189)

My son's FIRST team (1410 from George Washington High School in Denver) actually calls their 'bots "Kraken", not just Seamonster. You could tell them at the Championship as the announcer would always say "Release the KRAKEN" when they were up.

FIRST has been great for the kids -- I love that it's not just engineering, but also marketing, fundraising, and many other skills necessary for tech business success.

It's not a date? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43670009)

(AKA FIRST Robotics Competition team # 2605; it's a team number, not a date)

Whew. I'm glad they clarified that. I was certain that 'team #2605' stood for a date about 600 years from now.

Can't even go and investigate it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43670607)

The website for the robot has had its bandwidth exceeded. Thanks a lot for posting on slashdot, ya jerk! ;-)

Re:Can't even go and investigate it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43671437)

The website for the robot has had its bandwidth exceeded. Thanks a lot for posting on slashdot, ya jerk! ;-)

As one of the team members, I can tell you that we're doing everything in our power to get it up and running again. Sorry for having it come down.

No tentacles! (1)

dunsel (559042) | about a year ago | (#43687369)

I was expecting more tentacles. Seamonster = Tentacles

Re:No tentacles! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43706817)

Sadly, We had size restrictions to comply with. -2605

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