Friday, February 26, 2010

BWC Engineer Guest Speaker at High School Career Fair

SR. Project Engineer Ariel Oriel attends a high school career fair in February 2010 -- Ariel speaks to students and parents about his journey to become a mechanical engineer, and what his job entails at Bishop-Wisecarver. Ariel also met the FTC Team #3470 Bishop-Wisecarver is sponsoring this year. Watch this wrap-up video of his experience >>

FRC Team #2628 Prepares For the Big Game!

The 2010 FRC (FIRST Robotic Competition) for high-school students is in motion, and Bishop-Wisecarver is sponsoring TEAM #2628 Treasure Island Pirates from San Francisco, CA -- This is a video of their progress as of February 2010. Instructor Bob Christensen and his team of students are hard at work to meet their upcoming deadline.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

On Track With UtiliTrak

Cruising by the assembly department this afternoon, and snapped a photo of Corrosion Resistant UtiliTrak just off the assembly line. Why use Utilitrak Linear Guides? The UtiliTrak linear guide from Bishop-Wisecarver® provides a narrow, compact profile solution for a variety of environments where smooth, high speed motion is required -- an ideal choice for running two systems in parallel using Bishop-Wisecarver’s DualVee® guide wheels and MadeWell® crowned rollers. Absolute parallelism is not required, as UtiliTrak's design compensates for mounting errors. Available in steel or polymer, bridge connections are also available to further simplify assembly.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Team #3470 is Feeling Anxious About HotShots!

Heritage High Robotics Club, Part 2 -- While the February deadline is fast approaching, the Heritage High Robotic Club works harder. The students look forward to their first HOTSHOTS! Competition, and expect the unexpected on competition day.

Teacher Rob Pardi from Heritage High School and his team of ten students will be competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge for Northern California called HotShots! on February 27, 2010 at Pioneer High School in San Jose.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sr. Project Enginner Speaks at Career Fair

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 -- Sr. Project Engineer Ariel Oriel spoke with students about his career in mechanical engineering at the Heritage High School Career Fair

FIRST Robotics Team #1516 Working Hard

February 11, 2010 – Bishop-Wisecarver stopped by the robotic club classroom at California High School to watch FRC Team #1516 hard at work in preparation for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition. Senior Glenn Carros (left) makes an adjustment to the robot with help from a fellow team member. FRC Team 1516 sponsored by Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation®

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bishop-Wisecarver Sponsors FRC Team #1516

February 2, 2010 -- California High School instructor John Korzick and club mentor Stewart Leicester of FRC Team #1516 stopped by Bishop-Wisecarver today to visit with co-founder Bud Wisecarver.

Bishop-Wisecarver is pleased to sponsor Team #1516, and look forward to their progress.

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To learn more about the FIRST Robotic Challenge, visit the US FIRST website here.

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Bishop-Wisecarver Sponsors FRC Team #2628

Bishop-Wisecarver is sponsoring two FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Teams for 2010 from the San Francisco Bay Area -- Treasure Island Pirates #2628 and Fightn' Grizzlies #1516.

Read the first log of activity and view photographs from Treasure Island Pirate member Orlando Mendieta >> Friday, January 29, 2010 Treasure Island Robotics Team

"Hi my name is Orlando Mendieta, and I am part of the T.I.J.C Robotics team. I work behind the scenes helping out in any way I can. I am writing a status report on the progression of our robot.

We are currently on schedule and have our frame built. We are laying out all the electronics to control the ‘bot until Tuesday. We are also putting parts on the board and wiring from Friday, January 29 until Tuesday, February 2.

When we finish that, we will start working on the pneumatics.

Our schedule consists of working Mondays – Thursdays with the building team from 1pm until 3:30pm and Mondays – Thursdays with the wiring team from 3:30pm until 5pm. We normally have 4-7 dedicated members working on the robot at any given time, not including the help we receive staff and outside mentors. We are on schedule, expect to meet our deadlines, and hope to do well in the competition."

Thank you Team #2628 for sharing. Bishop-Wisecarver looks forward to your next update! To see more photographs and follow updates from Bishop-Wisecarver, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BWCnews >> Learn more on our website at

To learn more about the FIRST Robotic Challenge, visit the US FIRST website here. Below is an animation explanation of the 2010 Breakaway Game.