Build Season – Week 3

Another week gone – another week closer to bag and tag day.  So much work left, so precious little time.  So let’s get right to it:

One of Tuesday’s projects was re-cutting an old set of bumpers to fit our newly-built kit bot.  Since we used the square-kit chassis specs that the awesome folks over at FRC3847 published for the kit bot, we needed to trim down an existing bumper so that we could safely drive our robot without the worry of causing unintended damage to robot or unsuspecting bystanders.

Students Ghana B. and Arturo D. begin disassembling the old bumper
Students Ghana B. and Arturo D. begin disassembling the old bumper
Fortunately, we had a pool-noodle bit for that drill
Fortunately, we had a pool-noodle bit for that drill
Mentor Bart Basile and student Ivan G. ensuring a proper fit
Mentor Bart Basile and student Ivan G. ensuring a proper fit

The big news for the week was the delivery of our VersaChassis West Coast Drive, which meant we could begin building our actual robot on Saturday.  The plans were drawn up and printed and we used Thursday’s meeting as a chance to teach the students how to rivet, which was a big hit, and by the end of the day had the base of the frame together in preparation for Saturday.

Students Diwas A., Mang L., and Shaker N. study schematics
Students Diwas A., Mang L., and Shaker N. study schematics
Taking a page from the RoboWrangler playbook - Mentor Rachel Moore shows student Curtis C. how to properly rivet
Taking a page from the RoboWrangler playbook – Mentor Rachel Moore shows student Curtis C. how to properly rivet

Saturday kicked off like every good Saturday build day should: donuts!  After getting some sugar coursing through our systems we tackled the challenge of building our 3 CIM ball shifters.  This proved a little trickier than initially thought thanks to the jeez-how-in-the-heck-do-we-get-these-on-here E-clips needed for the 3rd stage gear.  But it was nothing a little dedication (and a couple “oh wait – we did that wrong”s) couldn’t overcome.

Mentor Steven Smith is lost in a haze of donuty bliss
Mentor Steven Smith is lost in a haze of donuty bliss
Students Azucena M. and Gana B. work on the gear boxes
Students Azucena M. and Gana B. work on the gear boxes
Ensuring we have a perfectly square frame
Ensuring we have a perfectly square frame
Mentor Bart Basile really doesn't like it when people change the temperature on his soldering iron
Mentor Bart Basile really doesn’t like it when people change the temperature on his soldering iron
Another week over and we have made some significant progress.  The students can now see how the work, research and preparation from these past 3 weeks is paying dividends as we begin assembling our actual robot.  Remember to check our progress throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter!
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