The 2019 season finally started with our kickoff pancake breakfast on Saturday — thank you, Boosters! After viewing the official FIRST live stream, the team read through the game manual and discussed what our robot should do for this year’s Destination: Deep Space game. On Monday, we met again to break down the design and prototyping tasks. Tuesday, we started in the shop, focusing first on the hatch and cargo manipulators, and an arm mechanism. Electrical started a wiring prototype, and CAD and programming met to begin those processes. Behind the scenes, a group of mentors and parents started constructing game element mock-ups for us to practice with next week. We are feeling very optimistic!