FIRST Robotics Competition


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Homecoming Parade

Posted by Michael Balsewicz on September 25, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Come and see our float in the Oconomowoc homecoming parade at 5:00 on 9/25/2015. See you there!


Posted by Michael Balsewicz on May 30, 2015 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Get ready for summer. Lots of opputunities for robotics coming your way! Check out the events page to see what we'll be up to this summer.

Update 2/10/25

Posted by Anthony on February 10, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In week six, we are working hard making sure we can get our final touches in place. Electrical  finished up the panel to protect the electrical board, attached the camera, and hooked up some of the motor controllers to the Power Distribution Board. Mechanical has fine tuned and cleaned up most of our mechananisms, and, overall we are waiting for our final product to inform you all about the finished robot. Chairman's has been working vigorously on their presentation, and finishing the Woodie Flower's Award. The button sales have gone through the roof, and we are still making more. Each aspect of this team has been working hard. Keep eye on the website for updates soon!

Update 2/6/2015

Posted by Michael Balsewicz on February 6, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


It is currently Friday the 6th, this means that tomorrow, week 5 of the build season officially ends. This is both exciting and stressful. We still have a substantial amount of work to do yet on our robot. Since the last update not much has changed. We are still fabricating parts in our shop, which again, is running faster than last year for we have a new CNC. Our two mechanism camps are finishing up their devices, and are getting ready to mount it on the robot to test their design. The arrangements for the regional in Milwaukee are done thanks Mrs.Vertz.  We are looking forward to going.  Our chairman’s video is also coming together, our interviews are in the process of being filmed, thanks Ben. Our media will be easier to create next year with our pending installment of Adobe Premiere® on a few computers in the lab we use. There are still eighth graders coming in to learn the ways of our team, this is going to extremely benefit our team next year.  We are currently looking for a company to print our coloring books at a price we can afford.  An additional thanks’ goes out to the parents who have provided food to our team. The mentors that come in and show us how to do tasks they use in their work field.


From the desk of,

Michael Balsewicz


1/24/2015 through 2/3/2015 Update

Posted by Michael Balsewicz on February 3, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Busy, busy, busy! Sorry there have not been many updates recently. This has been due to the fact that our Webmasters have been busy with their additional machining duties. Through the past week and a half we have made significant progress with our robot. “HOUSTON, WE HAVE ‘ER DRIVING!” Our robot is driving very well and we also have very good handling at higher speeds. The two main design groups working on robot mechanisms are also running smoothly, and are finalizing their designs. Our field elements are running smoothly. The two field elements we have replicated are the loading ramp, and the scoring zone. We have had eighth graders who are already dedicated to robotics visiting us and learning the skills needed for FIRST. This is a great asset for our team due to the fact that we will not have to train them in basic skills when they join the team in the fall.


Most of the parts we need are cut and in the welding booth.


Electrical panel is finished, we are in the process of installing all of the many components onto it.


Andrew has our whole robot on Autodesk. The two separate design teams, with talking to him have their mechanisms compatible with his robot files.


Our acceleration and deceleration codes are finished, and we are working on getting the mechanism programs running smoothly.


Thank you to all of the parents’ who brought in food for us.

Thank you to Kiwanis, for the sponsorship on the 27th.

Our bag date is the 17th at 12:00 pm EST.

Thank you to the chairman’s team making ANTI-DRUG buttons and selling them at lunch. They were 50 cents apiece and we still managed to make over 100 dollars. The money is being donated to an anti-drug/ drug prevention program.


-From the desk of Michael Balsewicz


1-23-15 Update

Posted by Anthony on January 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Each department of our team was hard at work tonight. In the shop, the mechanical team finished welding our upper frame and helped produce parts for the prototyper.The prototype teams are testing out both the elevator and the innerstack robot designs. This involves innovative ideas such as scissor lifts and a wheel intake mechanism. Electrical was testing out different electrical pannels with our kit bot. Chairman's is working on a fundraising campain for anti-drug awareness in the school, through button selling. Chairman's is also finishing up our new coloring book! Keep checking in for more news about team 269's Build Nights!


1-16-15 Update

Posted by Anthony on January 16, 2015 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tonight was another productive night. In the shop the mechanical team painted the lower frame the special team 269 color: safety green. Along with that, they also worked on mounting some of the kitbot's gear boxes.The prototype teams finished modeling up some of their respective designs. Electrical was working on a creative placement for the electrical board. Chairman's was working on ways to promote our team, specifically through ingenious and witty button designs. Furthermore, the team coloring book is now in its final stages of editing. The scouting team started working on scoring sheets for the regionals. Keep checking in for more news about team 269's Build Nights!


1-15-2015 Build Night Update

Posted by Michael Balsewicz on January 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Tonight was spent on many things. One was finishing programming and testing our autonomous tracking code. The code’s objective is to move itself toward a certain hue of yellow, which will be useful while in autonomous mode at competitions! We also worked on many prototypes on Autodesk, those being an intake system for totes, placement of our electrical board, and placement of our upper frame. Meanwhile, off of Autodesk we had a group working on an actual attachment for our mock-up upper frame. What the attachment does is uses pneumatics to grab ahold of totes and pull them into the main cavity of the robot. Back in the shop the mechanics were working on grinding down and smoothing our frame, which had been confirmed for the design and welded together within the last few days. Keep checking for more news about Build Nights for the team 269!

Progress Report

Posted by Michael Balsewicz on January 13, 2015 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We are well into our season. The begining of week one was spent  deciding upon the many ideas on the size of the frame, and the main scoring device. Now, in week two we have our lower base frame done, and we are now working on our scoring mechanisms.  We have two main prototype groups, the Interstack, lifting and stacking totes inside the main cavity of the robot. We also have the Elavator Group who are building an elavator to lift the totes and making a stack that is easily movable. Keep looking for updates as to what is happening at build nights for team 269!

2015 Game Release

Posted by Michael Balsewicz on January 13, 2015 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2015 Game is Recycle Rush, click the link to watch the game reveal!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">


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