Our team, Glue Gun & Glitter, was founded in 2017 by students from “shvilim” as a continuation of their endeavors in the FLL. We were established in “Shvilim” democratic school, Pardes Hanna- Karkur, Israel. Our team is comprised of passionate students from grades 8th to 11th. We are enthusiastics for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) and education, and we believe that with technology and social activity we can change the world for the better.
HOW OUR JOURNEY IN FIRST BEGUN
The first FLL teams in our school were formed as a student innovation in 2009. The student and another supportive teacher - who is still the leading mentor in the FLL in shvilim - got the permission and funding to open two FLL teams. FLL, or the “FIRST Lego League”, is a yearly competition in which teams of 5-10 students in grades 4th to 9th plan, build, and program a lego robot and research and solve a real world problem.
The first year was very successful, we got to the regional championship and a lot of excitement was spreading in our school. Due to that success more students wanted to join, and thus 2 teams were opened (#670, #671). In the following years we kept on competing and learning.
Back then, the FLL championship and the FRC regional event happened at the same time, which gave us a chance to see the FRC for the first time. When we saw the FRC we knew, we will be there in the future, whatever it takes.
Another 4 years passed and the time came to open a FRC team. Firstly, we talked to other teams, new and old, and heard what it takes to be a FRC team, whether in our rookie year (A rookie year is a team’s first year) or in later years.
Before we even knew exactly who would be our team, before the year even begun, in the summer break, we started planning our team. We read bussiness plans of known teams. we met teams like Orbit 1690# and Hamosad 1657# and were given helpful advice and guidance. And a reality was starting to take shape in our minds. We understood that for us to open a FRC team we would need knowledge, experience, much advice and guidance, and and lot of funds for both equipment and registration.
In unprecedented haste, we starting searching for sponsors, scanning the internet for advice and potential sponsors, seeking aid around our area. We found that finding sponsors isn’t as easy as it seems, no matter how good the cause may be.
After a lot of research and talking with other teams, we decided that we’re going to open a mechatronics stream in our school that would accompany the FRC team. Mechatronics is a combination of computer science, mechanics and electronics, and ties closely to the FRC.
Afters weeks of searching, almost at the year’s start, we needed to know whether there would be a team or not, and whether opening a stream in school would be possible. We knew that if we don’t get the funding our journey in FIRST would end for the most part.
As we arrived at the edge of despair, not knowing what the future holds, a team member of ours, found out that a relative of his was both the CEO of Diesel Engineering and was looking to sponsor some kind of technological or social program. Diesel Engineering agreed to give us the funding we needed to register.
From that point onwards we knew we are here, and here to stay!
OUR ROOKIE YEAR - 2016-17
Knowing we have the funds to join the FRC and with newly gained knowledge and excitement we started to form our team. Firstly we asked all potential team members for a confirmation of their membership. After knowing who would be a team member we started to look for a name, for something that could define us as a team and unite us. After reaching out to the community and asking for suggestions we arrived at a point at we could decide between a few good names. Like you probably have noticed we settled on Glue Gun & Glitter.
Our school helped us both in the FRC and aided us much in opening the mechatronics stream. Our workshop has been established in one of the school’s classrooms. We presented the FRC and what we had learned about it to our parents, sponsors and started to generally spread the program and our team.
To learn more practical knowledge and make more connection with the teams in FIRST Israel we went to many events, the likes of which are : [Currently to lazy to put examples] and met many teams that helped us along the way.
We were surprised at the amount of help and length teams would go to to help others. Without the gracious professionalism teams showed we wouldn’t be able to be. Teams helped us with equipment, shared their knowledge, and generally helping us and all the other rookies. Especialy Hamosad 1657#, Galaxia 5987#, Megiddo 5038# who were extremely helpful.
The build season started in the 7th of january, 2017, with the reveal of Steamworks, the year’s challenge. Though we’ve prepared by watching 2016 kickoff, Stronghold, we didn’t expect the amount of excitement and ideas that were boiling in us the moment we saw the reveal stream. We started with coming up with all sort of concepts, discussing what could and couldn’t work, and what was realistic to make and what wasn’t.
The day later some of us went to the kickoff event, at which we were given our starter kit and game pieces. The event was an excellent opportunity to meet other teams and to learn about what a team does in the build season. We participated in a Quick Build session with the Y team, in which we learned the basics of building robots.
Now started the real season. We started by concepting our robot, further developing our concepts and thinking of new ones, applying them to many strategies and situations.
We started by thinking how we can make the most points without any other robots on the field, and slowly added more elements, like other robots from both alliances. We figured out that with our knowledge and technological ability the best configuration would be to put gears and climb the rope.
After coming up with some developed concepts, we discussed the different strategies and chose to firstly build a gear collection system that is well tested and developed and if we have the time build a climbing system. We prototyped our gear collection system, which we called “pitta” due to its looks (A pitta is a known kind of arab bread). We made the prototypes from wood and dict, and while testing and training with our robot we got the peg to penetrate the wood, thus we called our robot “MobiDict” after the story Mobidic.
After we were close to finishing our Pitta and decided to start planning our climbing system. We planned to use a reel to which the rope will connect and had not decided yet how the rope with catch on to the reel. We made the reel with quite a high diameter so we can switch between, or combine, our two primary options, Velcro which stick to the rope or pegs used as hooks that catch the rope on to them.