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Lead Screws

Introducing Lead Screws! Lead screws can add linear movement to your robot. The lead screws and axles have a 4mm diameter and are made from stainless steel. Gus Jansson created an XY table to show one use of the lead screw. Other uses include lifting an arm, elevating a platform, raising a scissor lift, and more. The lead screw has a 4mm pitch. In other words, the lead screw nut will move 4mm for every rotation of the lead screw. Lead screws are fast and precise.

See the Tips & Tricks Video #4 on our YouTube page for more. http://youtu.be/xpQUhYisWOA 

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An inspiring FTC team

FTC team 7572, Bomb Squad Special Unit, had an outstanding season last year. Here is what they have to say:

“We’re from Mountain Home, Arkansas and finished undefeated in the qualification rounds at the Arkansas State Championship and ended as captains of the finalist alliance. 7572 also won the Design Award at this event. The key to our success was our constant implementation of a, light, quick, simple, and overall efficient robot made possible with the use of the convenient geometry of the Matrix Robotics Kits. Our robot was easily the fastest scorer there and was defeated by two 50 lb machines that kept us crammed in the corner for most of the finals matches. Efficiency in design is the key to our success. A very unique aspect of the team is that it is almost completely student run.”

The team is composed of 6th and 7th graders. John Taylor, a high school student, founded the team and now is the main mentor for the Special Unit. This is an inspiring team lead by an inspiring mentor. Keep up the good work!

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WRO College Category FAQ

The WRO World Championships are rapidly approaching. For those of you with questions about the College Category Game for this season we have put up a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to help you get answers quickly. Don’t see your question listed? Ask and we will add it to the list.

The FAQ can be found in the main menu under Resources/Compete/WRO Game – FAQ. Good luck this season!

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MATRIX Video Tutorials by the RoboGamers

The RoboGamers have put together a couple of great video tutorials on how to build our Quick Start Rover and program it with RobotC. Checkout more of their instructional videos on their RoboGamersTV YouTube Channel. Thanks guys! Great work!

Check out the Quick Start Rover build instructions in the Robot Gallery.

 

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