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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.

 

10/14/17 Off Season Update

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 (li.anna6389@gmail.com) 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.

10/1/17 Off Season Update

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)!

Build Season Day 25

Another build day has ended, and much has been accomplished. The Fighting Calculators have worked some more on The Dream, and worked on assembling the gear box. The team members have also started building The Auger, a new intake design.

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Today, a few of our team members and one of our members went to one of our sponsors, Harvey Vogel, to pick up some of the parts we sent out. There, we received a tour of their facility, which included all the different machines, and got our drive side plates.

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We also got some coding and CADing done today. Some of our more experienced members helped the rookies on coding. As for CAD, CADers have continued to work on The Dream.

Build Season Day 21

Today was the last day for the shop open house for the Fighting Calculators. Thanks to everyone for coming! It was a great opportunity for people to come into the shop and see what our team does during build season.

It has been another productive day for the Fighting Calculators. We’ve made another frame for the robot, and a catapult for that robot. We’ve also changed the design on that catapult, and have been testing it out and using it to shoot at the goals. Besides that, builders also worked some more on The Dream, and are making progress on it.

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The code team is working on using the camera to aim at the goals, and is also been coding for The Dream. Our CADers have been fixing the CAD models of the wheels, making the standoffs for the frame of the robot, and The Dream. We’ve also started making models of the catapult. Other parts for the robot have also been sent out. And lastly, our amazingly awesome gearbox plates have been made.

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Build Season Day 19

The calculators have been working hard, as always, and the team has been working on The Dream and getting that working so we can put it on our practice robot to test it in conjunction with the catapult. We’ve also gotten our practice catapult to work and it has been making shots into the high goal.

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Some of the builders have also been experimenting with different types of climber arms/manipulators. The CAD team has CADed some more wheels, worked on the assembly for the dream, and created the dimensions for our catapult. The code team has created their robot code framework, which is the code that we use as a basis for integrating our own code into the framework.

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Our shop open house is tomorrow and Saturday. This is for members of the community to have a chance to see what we do during build season and learn about the shop and the machines in the shop. They will be from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Friday, and 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday.