Build Season – Week 2

To kick off week two of build season we focused on making some good progress on upgrading our build space and machine shop.  This included making table toppers for a handful of tables as well as constucting a mill cart from scratch. We’d like to give a huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to our friends FRC1817 RoboRaiders, and their mentor Richard Gale, for donating the mill. We promise we’ll put it to some good use!

Fresh coat of paint and mounted on a newly-constructed cart
Fresh coat of paint and mounted on a newly-constructed cart
Better view of mill cart and our swanky new table toppers
Better view of mill cart and our swanky new table toppers

The programming team made some good progress on Tuesday as they were able to acquire sensor data from the KOP sensors and began implementation of basic autonomous feedback control with that data.

On Thursday, the shooter team began to systematically gather data on the second shooter prototype.  This data will be quite important when we begin work on the final design of our top-goal shooter.

All the numbers
All the numbers
Shooter Prototype v2.0
Shooter Prototype v2.0

After the hard work accomplished during the week, we decided Saturday should just be one long 3-double-oh-5 dance party.  w00t w00t.

 

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We kid, of course – but sound activated LED strings sure are fun. It is as yet to be determined if these will find their way onto our final robot or just help spruce up our build space.  The most important development of Saturday was getting our kit bot finished and loading it up with some default tank drive code for the students to try out.  Most of the students are rookies, so it was very exciting for them to see their very first robot come to life.  And, who are we kidding, quite a few of the mentors were excited too.
Students are quizzed on their prototype by mentor Dale
Students are quizzed on their prototype by mentor Dale
Mentor Dave Freeman reviews proper soldering techniques
Mentor Dave Freeman reviews proper soldering techniques
Seconds before the magic smoke monster was released :(
Seconds before the magic smoke monster was released 🙁

 

 

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