February 20, 2016 – Saturday Meeting Recap

Team #4611 enjoyed themselves while still working hard on their last Saturday of the season together. The competition robot is very close to being finished as is the defense selection algorithm. Final decisions are being made for competition, Liz was selected as the ‘Lead Goon’ and Salil as the drive team captain. As the season comes to a close, the majority of the fabrication and electrical team was tasked with cleaning up and organizing bags and scrap metal.

Organizing Wire Bags
Organizing Wire Bags

The electrical team wired, soldered, and attached heat shrink to 2 more spikes for the LED rings on the competition robot. A member of the design team mounted 2 LEDs around the camera. A kangaroo computer was also wired up for the competition robot. For ease of access, wires for the blinking light were shortened. Many minuscule things went wrong on the non-competition robot today and were quickly fixed by electricians; a few crimp ends came loose, the USB for the kangaroo computer fell off, and chains needed to be moved because they were getting in the way of the wheels.

Working on Competition Robot
Working on Competition Robot
Soldering SPIKES
Soldering SPIKES
Fixing Non-Competition Robot
Fixing Non-Competition Robot

Fabricators moved the compressor and added more pneumatic parts to the competition robot. A motor had to be taken off of it and put back on because a bearing was popping out. 2 more gear boxes were mounted onto the robot for the forklift and the forklift itself was finished being constructed. By the end of the meeting fabricators had begun to mount it onto the robot. The metal ‘Ms’ on the sides of the robot were also finished being mounted. They will help the robot slide under the portcullis. Others created bumpers and painted the team number on them and fixed the low bar.

Bumper Construction
Bumper Construction
Measuring Bumpers for Competition Robot
Measuring Bumpers for Competition Robot
Competition Robot
Competition Robot
Forklift Construction
Forklift Construction
Mounting Forklift
Mounting Forklift

Programmers worked on putting the final touches on autonomous code and made a smart dashboard. They also brainstormed ways to be able to interact with the kangaroo computer while on the field.

The drive team practiced getting around visual impairment obstacles. This was done by putting the portcullis and driver’s station at various locations and having team members stand on defenses to act as defender robots or taller defenses. They also practiced shooting freely and then timed a match.

View From the Driver's Station
View From the Driver’s Station
What Really Happens When Driving the Robot
What Really Happens When Driving the Robot

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