January 30, 2016 – Saturday Meeting Recap

O-ZONE’s advisor, Mr. Schmidt, started off by listing goals for today’s meeting: 2 new big wheel chassis needed to be built which meant that the electrical team had to make a completely new board for one prototype and modify 2 others. Some other tasks that also needed to be completed were making a standard, planning strategy, and finding team members willing to do scouting at Buckeye Regional. 

Teams broke up into smaller groups to work on different prototypes. Since first year electrical members had not learned how to make a board yet, many of them worked on making one for the new chassis. The electronic components on the sled made from Winnie were able to be stripped off and used for a new board which was finished towards the end of the meeting. Fabricators worked to actually create the framework of the prototype which unfortunately was not finished by the end of the meeting.

Finished Board
Finished Board

The earlier chassis prototype needed to have the board taken off and redesigned to fit pneumatics and the boulder intake. Another victor needed to be added on it making a total of 6. Construction of the boulder intake was finished, mounted onto the prototype, and hooked up to pneumatics. A few electrical members stayed in the wood shop for extra time to finish most of the wiring. All that is left to do on this robot for tomorrow before the drive team can test it is to wire 2 of the victors and push code on it, although concerns remain about the over-rotating of the intake. A boulder grabber was also fully constructed.

Intake Prototype
Intake/Wheel Shooter Prototype
Boulder Grabber
Boulder Grabber

Wires on the catapult prototype were fixed and maneuvered by other electrical team members. The design team had to rebuild the cradle twice in order for the boulder to fit snugly on it and increase aiming accuracy. Drivers were able to test it and the robot was able to make goals multiple times when launched from a specific location.

Electronics on Catapult
Electronics on Catapult

Programmers worked on creating code for autonomous mode while awaiting a working sled. Another small group of students began creating buttons and a team standard for competition.

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