With our schedules cleared on Sunday for a day-long meeting on the second to the last day of winter vacation, we gathered at the high school to continue planning our robot designs. Some of us brought LEGOs to create proof-of-concepts in preparation for PDR, and others made full-scale apparatuses using a shop-vac to aid in the idea of a suction type of retrieval.

On a cold winter morning in Mililani, Team 2853 gathered before the sun rose to greet the new build season. After six months of waiting, we were finally allowed to see the objective of the 2014 FRC game: Aerial Assist.

After stopping to get breakfast and a quick nap in the car, it was off to Mililani High School to begin brainstorming. Newly split into Preliminary Design Review (PDR) teams, we began to discuss possible strategies and robot designs, sharing our ideas with our teammates.