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Buttons

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Buttons are usually given from a team at a regional to another team or person attending the same regional. People have habits of collecting buttons from year to year or collecting as many buttons as they can at regionals.

Button Making Machine

Below are images and patent number of the button machine used by the team.

ButtonBrand.jpg
ButtonPatentNo2.jpg

How to make buttons

Step # Images Directions
Button Cutter
ButtonCutter1.jpg
Cutting the paper buttons: Once the button sheets have been cut into vertical strips, slide one strip directly vertical to the cutter. There should be a slot for it to go through. Keep in mind the red handle must be position upwards to "open" the slot. Once the paper strip is inside and lined up, push the red handle down and pop up the paper to receive your button cover.
Step 1
ButtonHow.jpg
Step 1: Find metal front cover of button and place down on button maker machine onto one of the placeholders. Keep in mind the button should fit soundly into the placeholder if that is the proper position. If it does not "sink in", then try the other.
Step 2
ButtonHow1.jpg
Step 2: Have a cut-out of the button design using either scissors to free-hand cut or the cutter machine. Place cut-out face-up onto the metal front cover used in Step 1. Make sure this is perfectly straight horizontally.
Step 3
ButtonHow2.jpg
Step 3: Find plastic circular cover and place on the paper cut-out used in Step 2.
Step 4
Clamp Up
Clamp Down
ButtonHow3.jpg
Step 4: Slide the cylinders over so that it places the front part of the button under the red clamp. Pull the red handle down to finalize the front part of the button.
Step 5
ButtonHow4.jpg
Step 5: Once you are sure the red handle has been pushed all the way down, bring it back up and place the back part of the button (the one with the pin) onto the empty cylinder free of any button parts. Position it so that the squiggly side is face-up and that it is horizontally straight, without reference to the position of the front cover of the button.
Step 6
ButtonHow5.jpg
Step 6: Switch the two cylinders by sliding them over so that the pin side of the button is now lying underneath the red clamp. To put the whole thing together, bring the red handle down all the way and then release. Move the cylinders over and the finalized button should appear with all its pieces together.


Here lies the history of the team's buttons. The list here is sorted by year.

2015

The 2015 season used the same buttons as the previous year.

2014

2014-2015 sticker

The button design was changed in 2014, designed by Jassy Kim in her freshman year. It includes a glowing recolor of the team's iconic lion with a circuit-board mane.

2013

The team in 2013 used the same magnets as it did in the previous year.

2012

During the 2012 season, the team designed puzzle-piece-shaped magnets in place of stickers and buttons. The magnets read, "Team 1261: the missing piece to your alliance!" These magnets not only stuck to common, magnetic surfaces such as metal cabinets but also cunningly stuck to and covered the buttons of other teams, much to the excitement and awe of many.

2011

2010

In 2010, the team used the same stickers as in 2009.

2009

2009 sticker

In 2009, to save money the team decided to use cost effective stickers instead of buttons.

The buttons feature the circuit lion with "Peachtree Ridge High School" at the top and "Team 1261 Robo Lions" below the lion.

At the bottom of the sticker is "teamprhsrobotics.com" which is a misprint for the actual team.prhsrobotics.com site. On the sticker, the period is missing between "team" and "prhsrobotics".

2008

In 2008, the team used the same buttons as in 2007.

2007

2007 button

In 2007, the button used matched the shirt for the year. The button design was created by Daniel Peterson.

The button featured the circuit lion along with the text "1261" down the left side and "Peachtree Ridge Robo Lions" along the top. On the back of the button was the team's website address.

2006

2006 button

This was the button for 2006.

The design of this button was done by no specific person. The team just kept progressively modifying and tweaking them until the button design looked good.[1]

The team also gave away other items such as:

  • Light-up lion pins
  • Yellow spirit sticks

2005

2005 button

This was the first year the team had buttons.

The design of this button was done by no specific person. The team just kept progressively modifying and tweaking them until the button design looked good.[1]

2004

In 2004 there was no record of buttons at all.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Matt Newcomb thinks this was so.