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Help! My robot is out of control!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Frontpage-Banners, News | 0 comments

Eventually, we’ll have fully autonomous robots…programming the next generation of robots that will take over the world. But, for now, STEP robots need human control in order to dominate. Here’s another game changing element of STEP. We’re deploying cost-effective controllers which lets the average participant download and start programming at home. Yes, at home. For free. But, there are choices to make. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions… If you are using the VEX micro-controller, the decisions have been made for you. The USB Keys in the Cortex and Joystick facilitate a Wi-Fi link between the two. (They call it their VEXnet). The VEXnet based Joystick is very capable with two sticks, 4 “trigger” buttons, 8 face buttons, and even 2-axis accelerometer. It sells for around $150. Yikes! But, worse than the stiff cost is it’s inherent restriction to the Cortex micro-controller. The...

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2016 Q&A-Awards

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

We expect a lot of questions in this inaugural season. Add your question regarding the Awards (protocol and categories) in the comment section. We’ll moderate them. So, it may take a few days for the question and answer to show...

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2016 Q&A-Kit

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

We expect a lot of questions in this inaugural season. Add your question regarding the Kit (Returnable Kit and Consumable Kit) in the comment section. We’ll moderate them. So, it may take a few days for the question and answer to show...

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STEP Registration 2016-17

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in News | 0 comments

It’s finally here! Teams can now register online to begin preparing for the 2016-17 season. Kickoff is just around the corner (Oct 3rd). But, teams don’t have to wait for kickoff to start using our resources. Once the registration process is complete, teams may begin attending training classes and workshops. They may also begin using the Mentors & Makers facility. Take a look at our current class lineup on the schedule page. Oh yeah, the Kickoff Event is going to be HUGE! We’ve got an internationally recognized science/performance group lined up to really get you charged up for the season. You really don’t want to miss it. Coaches should click here to register...

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How STEP fits into the Big picture

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Frontpage-Banners, News | 0 comments

STEP is only one of the Brazos Robotics programs. We also have classes, workshops, clubs, summer camps, blogs, and an online journal for student publication. To understand some of the peculiar decisions we’ve made in designing STEP, you need to know how STEP fits into the bigger picture. It’s all part of our STEPpING Stones Vision. Historically, robotics competitions have been designed to target only a part of our student population. It makes sense. After all, whatever technology we choose to build our robots from will have some practical lower age limit. There is no practical way to have a competition between experienced high school students and fledgling elementary students. So, lower age groups are left out of the target “impact zone” until someone comes along and develops hardware, software, and techniques for those age groups. There are certainly some good products out...

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