This blog covers activities at all levels of robotics within the city of Melrose including US First FRC team at the high school, VEX and US First FLL teams at the middle school, and FLL immersion programs at the grammar schools.
The 4th Annual Melrose Kitchen Tour was the best yet! A combination of wonderful kitchens, generous business sponsors, and a terrific turnout of kitchen tourists pushed the iRaiders beyond their fundraising goal for this event!
Boston Regionals driver team. (From left to Right) Mike Groark, Josh Cunningham, Brendan McGonagle, and Tyler Jones coming off the field for Thursday's practice rounds.
The iRaiders finished with better win average 5/8 the last year, but a lower point score and an overall 30th place.
Peter Nuytkens, CEO, led the tour of the Custom One Design facility. It started with an overview of the schematic of an ACIS chip. The schematic gave everyone an overview of the features they would be able to see with a microscope. Next stop was a manual test station. A chip placed on a board was mounted on an X,Y,Theda rotating table. Each student was able to position the chip with verniers under the microscope. This gave them a good feeling for the extremly small dimensions of the chip and the precision that the robots would need to work with them. Next stop was the robot manufacutring room. First piece of equipment was a testing machine (see photos). The most impressive machine was a Swiss machine that sliced up the large wafer into discrete chips, inspected the chips, picked them and placed them on a small printed circuit board.