Build Season – Week 4

Week four began with a team meeting where we discussed some of the non-robot-building aspect of our season, including assisting students with scholarship applications and mentoring with any courses they may need.  Before diving back into the work space the team held a students-only meeting to discuss which mentor they wanted to nominate for the Woody Flowers Finalist Award.  After some discussion, the students narrowed the list down to two mentor finalists and agreed to reconvene on Thursday to finalize their nomination.

With the administrative stuff out of the way it was time for the lesson of the day: pneumatics!  Mentor John Griffith led a discussion explaining the basic components of a pneumatics system and then provided the students with some hands-on experience.  He tied the lesson together with a live demonstration by having the students plug their creation into the competition bot from our Rebound Rumble season.

Student Ivan G. learning about pneumatics
Student Ivan G. learning about pneumatics
Students Joel G. and Azucena M. review their finished product
Students Joel G. and Azucena M. review their finished product

The programming team continued their steady progress and continue to be the sub-system team that is furthest along.

Foreground: Mentor Alexa Noxon contemplates existence  Background: Programming team plugging away
Foreground: Mentor Alexa Noxon contemplates existence
Background: Programming team plugging away

Our Thursday meeting saw some good progress made on the competition bot.  The upper and lower shooter mechanisms started coming together, albeit with a riveting hiccup here and there.  The belly pan was etched out by our laser printer and the appropriate holes were then meticulously drilled out.

Mentors Walter Schnoor, Marco Guerra and student Shaker N. work on upper shooter assembly
Mentors Walter Schnoor, Marco Guerra and student Shaker N. work on upper shooter assembly

And then it was Saturday again.  Weeks are just flying by at this point.  With only a little more than two weeks left in the season it was time to begin preparing for driver tryouts.  The programming team set up a driving area in the gym in preparation for driver training which will begin in full next week.

Students Anthony B. and David S. prepare for a kit bot test run
Students Anthony B. and David S. prepare for a kit bot test run
Students Ivan G., Alex V., Anthony B. and David S. prepare for some driver training
Students Ivan G., Alex V., Anthony B. and David S. prepare for some driver training

As my grandmother used to say, “In front of every good robot there is a good bumper”, so our next task was clear: making our competition bumpers.  It took the greater portion of the day, but the end result was well worth it.  Now we need to do it again for our red bumper.

Mentor Jarrod Krebs and student Joel G. build one purrty bumper
Mentor Jarrod Krebs and student Joel G. build one purrty bumper
By the end of the day the competition bot really started to take shape but everyone is starting to feel the pressure with such little time remaining.  Look forward to next week when the competition bot will be wired up and driving.  Remember to check our progress throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter!
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Student Quentin N. and mentor Rachel Moore do not like having their CAD time disturbed
Student Quentin N. and mentor Rachel Moore do not like having their CAD time disturbed
Student Diwas A. and freaking cool lasers
Student Diwas A. and freaking cool lasers
Students Arturo D., Diwas A, and Shaker N. measuring twice before cutting once
Students Arturo D., Diwas A, and Shaker N. measuring twice before cutting once

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