About the HexaSonics

About the HexaSonics

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TC is the FIRST program for middle school students. The HexaSonics are an FTC team based out of Allendale Middle School and the surrounding areas in West Michigan. On the team students learn building, programming, and people skills. Also student will be able to travel to events and compete as a team. The team was founded in 2014. Since then, the team has won the State Championship twice, qualified for the Super Regional three times, and has qualified twice for the World Championship which takes place in St. Louis, Missouri. The team was founded by six students hence the Hexa, the SONICS is an acronym for Scientifically Outstanding Nerdy Inspired Crazy Students.

Subteams

Design Team

The Design Team takes the concepts of the robot and created 3-D CAD (Computer Aided Design) models of the robot using Autodesk Inventor. The CAD models are then made into detail drawing for parts to be manufactures and assembly drawings for Robot assembly. The design team will learn about design techniques, mechanics in relation to design, space constraints, and more. The design is a key step in taking our robot from concept to reality.

Build Team

On the Build Team, students work with the mechanical side of the robot making prototypes, building components, machining parts, and assembly of the robot. During the build process, students learn about mechanics of the robot components, breaking and assembling roller chain, use of standard tools, and debugging of the robot. During events, our build team members may also help in the pits for working on and repairing the robot during competition.

Programming Team

The Programming Team is where all of the logic to make the robot function happens. The team used Java for the programming of the robot and uses Android based phones for operation and control of the robot. The programming team will learn about coding techniques, camera vision, sensor integrations, autonomous and teleoperated programming modes, control components, and how they all integrate together. Without this team the best designed and built robot cannot function!

Promotion / Media Team

The promotion team works on ways to help promote the HexaSonics in the community and with other FIRST Teams. In the Promotion team the students have the opportunity to work on the Promote and Compass videos for Awards at competitions, work on the team website, and help with other outreach and promotion.

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