With build season already halfway over, the team is working full steam ahead (no pun intended)!
Yesterday, at our Shake-The-Can fundraiser, we were able to make just over $300 in two hours!
Today, students working on assembling our drive train, including mounting our belly pan to our drive chassis, assembling gear boxes, and attaching the battery mount to the robot. Students also met in groups to work on Chairmans and other awards (the deadline is approaching!)
Thanks to our sponsors at Yale University, we were able to laser-machine shooter parts!
With week 3 of build season under way, the team is busier than ever. We've finished tweaking our shooter, have put chains (ugh) on our drive train, and are working on other components of our robot such as our ball elevator mechanism, hopper, ball intake, and gear collecting/placing systems. Reveals coming soon...maybe...
Students are also working on learning to put together gearboxes and use machines such as the lathe. Thank you to our sponsors for continuing to support us throughout the season and thank you to Best Buy for providing us with our lathe last year!
Week two of build season (and midterms week) has come to an end. The team has made great progress on the robot. Today we started assembling both our practice bot and competition bot drive trains. We have members working on CAD, code, 3D printing, machining parts, and assembly.
This year's robot might have a special easter egg from our initial 2016 FIRST Stronghold robot, toaster. Toaster's revenge?
Thank you for Mr. and Mrs. Vaught for providing dinner for the team this Friday! And thank you to all of the parents, mentors, and students who continue to contribute to the growth of the team
Back from a three day weekend and straight into midterms week, but the team is still working hard! We've got a practice drive train, are starting to CAD, working on vision tracking code, and finishing up prototypes. This robot is finally starting to come together!
Week 1 of build season is already over! It seems like kickoff was just yesterday! The team has gone such a far way since our initial conversations. We've reiterated our priorities and goals a countless number of times, and have since come up with prototypes for just about every single function we wanted to complete this year!
Today, we held a design meeting to get the team caught up on everything that we had done so far, and bounce around a few more ideas before deciding on any prototypes. We have built successful prototypes for gear placing, hanging, and shooting! We also held another Chairman's meeting to start outlining our essay, video, and throw around fundraising ideas.
Today, members of Elm City Robo Squad 558 tested out the ball shooter and gear placer prototypes.
We also gathered a team to start bouncing around ideas for our Chairman's Award essay, video, and presentation!
Today, the team worked on prototyping different mechanisms to hold and place gears. We also came up with drawings and started building ball shooters!
Halfway through the first week of build season, the team has made awesome progress! Field elements to test our prototypes on are almost finished being built! We have a team working on coding in LabView and Java Script. Student teams began working on safety and discussing Chairman's. Students are also working on intake/shooter prototypes as well as a prototype drive frame.
During today's meeting, team members worked on setting up a camera for this year's robot! This year the team hopes to add a vision targeting feature on our robot!
Students also continued to build field elements and learn to work with power tools as well as learn about tool safety.
A huge thank you to IEEE of Connecticut, one of our silver sponsors, for visiting us today and providing dinner for the team! We love to have our sponsors around to show them what the team is really about and to show them a gratitude for all they do to help us succeed!
Today team members worked on creating field elements. New members were taught skills such as how to use multiple power tools.
Excited for the new season, members participated in another strategy session focusing on different aspects of robot design and possible prototypes! Everything from possible drive trains to gear and shooting mechanisms were discussed. Prototypes coming soon!