Monthly Archives: November 2017

11/11/17 Off Season Update

The team’s safety training sessions just wrapped up today, successfully. As a reminder, in addition to attending a safety training, all students on the team are required to take and pass the safety quiz (please do so promptly). If you have scored less than a 7 out of 8 on the quiz, Sharon or I will email you to retake it. Now that safety training is finished, we will move on to tool and machine training in the shop. Look out for more emails about dates soon.

Patty has also organized a parent/mentor meeting on Tuesday, November 14th, at 7:00 pm in Building A. Topics such as project management, communication, safety, organization, encouraging prototyping, and budget will be discussed. All parents are welcome to come!

The team is still working hard to finish and test the off-season robot before our next offseason competition, the Minne Mini Regional, on November 18th. The Minne Mini Regional will be hosted by Team 2169, King Tec, at Prior Lake High School. A more detailed schedule of the event will be emailed out later this week. The new and improved climbing system has since been finished, and team members are fine-tuning the shooter’s aim, along with making minor adjustments to the intake. We will soon be moving into the practice field to test the robot further.

Code and CAD training are still ongoing. The coders have made a lot of progress in learning how to program and will be using the off-season robot after the event to gain more hands-on coding experience.

CAD training has moved on to hands-on projects. The CAD rookies will be learning how to 3D print models, and, later, how to use the laser cutter with CAD sketches. Email Anna at li.anna6389@gmail.com with questions.

 

11/4/17 Off Season Update

As we move into November, the team continues to work in the shop every week to finish our Off Season Robot before the end of the year and our final Steamworks off season event, the Minne Mini Regional, on Saturday November 18th. Significant progress has been made on finishing the fuel intake to eliminate any dead spots that might slow the intake process. On top of that we have nearly finished our climbing system. This design is wider than our old climber, allowing us to catch the rope much easier, which will make the entire climbing process much faster. We received a new aluminum turret gear this week, this switch from our acrylic gear should prevent broken teeth.

Our latest battery cart is fully assembled and will be finished after some quick wire management by the electronics team. This new battery cart has a much smaller form factor than the previous cart. This was done not only to save space in our pit, but also to make it far more portable than our old cart. The last addition was a pair of wheelie bars to prevent tipping, future additions/iterations may come.

We held the first our our three safety meetings on on Thursday, the whole process went very well, and based on feedback we received, we are excited for the next meetings. As a reminder every team member is required to go to one of these safety meetings, the next two will be held, in the shop at 6 P.M. on Wednesday November 8th, and Friday November 10th.

Our team has officially registered for our second regional for the 2018 season. We will be competing at the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth from March 7-10.

Shop time this upcoming week will be Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.