Many of the projects the team took on this off summer are very nearly finished. Last week, we finished a new driver station built from leftover sheet metal from the off season robot. This new driver station has several distinct advantages. It is significantly lighter, has more horizontal storage, and is slightly lower than our previous design. The latter is an improvement from a driver’s perspective, as it offers more control.
The electronics team has been busy working on a new battery cart. Our main objective is to end up with something that is more maneuverable, and, more importantly’ small enough to get into a car.
I know many of you know what we have been working on this summer, but I will provide a brief summary anyway. We wanted to try out several strategies employed by other teams, namely a turreted shooter and a sheet metal drive train. Both are complete from a build perspective save one sensor wire, and both have been a great success. This past week we are working on finishing the intake and climber superstructure. Both are partially based on last years design. Although the team didn’t try anything new with these designs, I know at least five people became more well versed in the shop while working on them. Props every single one of you.
Also remember that your team forms for the 2017-2018 season are due next Tuesday, October 31st.
Below you can find a brief video of the robot raining fuel onto Jack.
This Thursday, the team had our first all team meeting of the season regarding the process of registration for the team. If you need directions, refer to the email sent out yesterday, or email the people referred to in that email with questions. Even if you missed the meeting, you are welcome to still register for the team.
The team’s third offseason competition, MRI (Minnesota Robotics Invitational), was today at Roseville High school. Our team was chosen by Team 3130 from Eastridge in alliance selections, along with Team 4215 (Trinity Tritons), but lost 2-1 in quarterfinals. Overall, it was great practice for those trying out driving the robot.
As of now, the team is still working on the summer robot. Again, shop times are 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and everyone is welcome to come.
CAD lessons have officially ended, but we will continue training CAD rookies by having CAD projects to work on. Email Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or if you are interested. If you have a CAD laptop and are not using it for CAD, please email Emma confirming you will return it. You may return it to the shop during shop times or into the MSA office. Otherwise, I (Anna) will be having a talk with you. It will not be a good talk. Code lessons are continuing, however, the lessons now require either prior Java experience or having taken the summer lessons.
After tons of hard work this summer, our offseason robot is almost finished. The build team, cad team, and code team has been working non-stop on building, coding, and designing the drive train, ball intake, and the shooter system for the robot.
The code and CAD team are continuing their lessons and preparing for the season, with code lessons on Fridays and CAD lessons on Tuesdays. The electronics team is busy wiring the new robot and improving old batteries. With our goal to get the robot done by October 14th, for the offseason MRI competition in Roseville, the shop is always busy. Shop times are still from 6-8pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
The team is also gearing up for rookie registration, so look out for an email soon with the date of the rookie meeting (projected for the week of Oct 9-13)!