Shake the Can! Today, we raised over $500 for Team 558! Not only this, but we were able to teach customers at the New Haven Stop & Shop about Robotics, FIRST, and what Team 558 does not only during competitions, but for our community as well! Great job to all that went!
Elm City Robo Squad/FIRST Robotics Competition Team 558 had an eventful end to the third week of build season. Congratulations to all of the teams for making it halfway through! Only three more weeks to go! Today, we accomplished creating the human player station for practice! We also made field components to assist our friends at FRC Team 195/Cyber Knights from Southington High School! Students were taught how to use the lathe and continued to use the mill and band saw to finish making parts for not only our drive train, but begin making parts for our intake! Many thanks to Best Buy for funding our equipment purchase and making this training possible! Students were also able to draw blueprints for the parts needed to create the intake and even continued to work creating CAD designs! Remember those gear boxes mentioned a few posts before? Our students were able to assemble those and get them ready to be attached onto our robot!
Today, students met to discuss Chairman's Award Essay drafts. We also began to prepare pieces for our drive frame by drilling holes into the aluminum. We began to start cutting pieces for the human player station. We created containers for our bucket shake fundraiser (be on the lookout for Sunday's blog post!).
Today, students presented their Chariman's Award Essay drafts, and worked with each other to exchange ideas and edit. Students continued to train each other to use the new mill, producing more pieces for the drive frame.
Students were able to assemble an electrical test board while learning useful information about wiring, different tools, and batteries. Students also began to practice using our new mill that was just recently set up! As students began to learn to use this new machine, we were able to mill pieces for our drive frame!
Today, groups were established to begin working on Chairman's Award essay drafts. The members who stayed behind to build began to cut and file pieces as we begin building our drive frame.
Is it Robotics Christmas? It seems like it with all of the new shipments arriving into the 558 workshop! Today, we got new, light weight 4-inch hubs to our 6-inch wheels, replacing the old, bulky ones we had previously used. We also received new motors, wheels for our shooter design, axels, and parts for gear boxes! We were also able to test hall effect sensors. After testing our new intake prototype, we decided to move forward with the design.
To wrap up the second week of build season, Team 558 made it a priority to finish building the Portcullis field component, and test strategies to lift the gate! Attempts were successful! One defense down, only 6 more to go...
Today, we were able to begin discussion about preparing for the Entrepreneurship Award and Chairman's Award ideas! We discussed scouting strategies (Scouting 101) for competition. We'll be on the look out for allies!
Also, we'd like to welcome our new team member who recently joined Elm City Robo Squad/ FIRST Robotics Competition Team 558.
Today, students began to use Autodesk Inventor to create a CAD model of our new and improved intake design! After creating the computer generated image, a group of students was put together to work on creating a real life model of the design. We began assembling the Portcullis and other field components, and were able to teach our newer members the ropes of working with hand tools, including all of the right safety procedures!
Thank you Autodesk Inc. for providing Autodesk Inventor software to FRC teams!