With build season coming to an end, we are working harder than ever! This past week we've been finishing up out intake design, submitting awards, programming, and other things to get ready before competition.
On Saturday we demonstrated our robot and spread the FIRST message at the Yale Pathways Science on Saturdays!
We are proud to announce that we are building our smallest robot ever! With the size being 22x24, we are even smaller than last year's Brick 2.0!
Now to come up with a name......
Today we worked on redesigning our "roller claw", the previous cube intake that we designed. We used the claw part of the intake and attached it to a wooden board. The board had a bar attached in the back providing a "lever" inspired design. The lever could be adjusted to different heights, which is perfect for intaking at different levels and placing the cubes at different heights.
This design was inspired by FRC Spectrum 3847's intake. We have to "Steal from the best and invent the rest!"
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The 2018 robot is in the process! The belly pan has been mounted, now we are ready to start wiring!
More than halfway through build season and we're working harder than ever. So much has happened this week; It is safe to say that this has been one of our most productive weeks so far.
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Using those pieces , we designed and built a new intake.
Our intake prototype has its pneumatic organ donor, Brick 2.0, right by its side.
Brick 2.0 is pumping life right into it. (literally)
So will this be our official intake design for our 2018 robot? Or maybe it will be our top secret intake that we have been working on for a couple of weeks..................... shhhhhhh
Are these seniors working hard or..............hardly working?
Some of our students worked on deburring the pieces to start the chassis for our 2018 robot. The pieces were first CADed and then they were milled. After assembling the frame (and reassembling), bearing blocks were put in for the future bearings.
The finished frame!!!
We are halfway through the third week of build season....
These are a few of our favorite snapshots:
A few students and mentors were working hard programming using Lab View and Java. The program will be used on the future robot.
BEWARE OF FLYING POWER CUBES! Today the team worked on one of our launching prototypes.
We made progress today on our practice robot. A couple of students worked on assembling the gear boxes and mounting it onto the chassis.
The team took a trip to West Rock elementary school on Tuesday to give a small demonstration to the kindergarten through fourth grade students. After a brief presentation, we got to show and talk to them about our 2016 robot . Participants got a chance to catch the ball shot from the robot and they also got to drive it too. Excitement buzzed throughout the entire school; the kids had an amazing time.
First, second, third, and fourth graders used their knowledge of geometric shapes and artistic design to draw and color their very own robots! How cute!
FLL team Lightspeed from Milford, one of the teams we mentored, paid us a visit on Thursday. We showed them around our workshop, taught them a little about our robots, and answered any questions that they had. It was a wonderful experience for both teams to interact and have a little fun together.
Ahhh, we're so close in developing a successful horizontal roller prototype. Hopefully we'll be able to finish soon!
The team worked hard today hosting a bake sale after school to raise money for the team. We had so many delicious goodies including chips, cupcakes, cookies, donuts and more!
The team gathered for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss main priorities and goals. As the season progresses, we will keep on changing our priorities. At the end of the meeting we concluded that our drive train is our main priority followed by scoring in the switch.
Today the team raised money by hosting a "Shake-the-can" at a local Stop and Shop. Fundraising is very important to us as it is very expensive to travel. Students worked hard in the cold as they explained to customers what FIRST is and what our team does. This is a great way to inform people about our team while also fundraising!