February 8, 2016 – Monday Meeting Recap

Electricians and fabricators finished the catapult big wheel prototype today! On Wednesday programmers can start pushing code on it. The drive team is really buckling down to strategize and practicing relentlessly. O-ZONE is getting closer and closer to building a final robot.

A place to fit the battery on the catapult prototype was chosen yet still pneumatics had to be moved again. After all the parts were in place, the boulder grabber was mounted back on the robot by fabricators. After setting the piston on the catapult and making other minor wiring changes, the robot was drivable!

Final Fixes on Catapult
Final Fixes on Catapult
Finished Catapult
Finished Catapult

Research was done on the LED neo pixel ring. At the next meeting an electrical member will need to wire and solder it while coders work on programming it to help with autonomous mode. However, getting the visual coding working is still a priority. Today the programming team worked with a microsoft hd camera, fixed bugs and installed a video driver onto the computer. They also continued to fix autonomous code by setting the timing for running, aiming, waiting, etc.

Visual Coding
Visual Coding

The wood blocks used to hold robots up when work is being done on them broke, so fabricators quickly constructed new ones. They also made the drawbridge today which helps the drive team practice working around visual blockades.

Making the Drawbridge
Making the Drawbridge
Drawbridge
Drawbridge

The drive team is kicking into high gear as competition continues to get closer and closer. Today they developed strategies on maneuvering the robot such as putting the wheel shooter down at a certain point, activating the wheels at a specific time, and where exactly to shoot for the goal. The average amount of time to get a boulder and score a goal is about 25 seconds with a 50% accuracy rate, a great improvement!

A few electronics members extensively read this year’s game manual for rules and regulations on what parts need to be visible on the final robot. While doing that, they also did some research on the new victors, sparks. Once that was completed, a spreadsheet was made coordinating part names to serial numbers which will be used to place orders.

Learning Sparks
Learning Sparks

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