Category Archives: Build Season Updates

Build Update- Day 15

As week two comes to an end, our prototyping is getting closer and closer to being finished. It’s been busy in the shop working on the intake and climbers, and CAD has been working hard designing the elevator. We have a working intake that has been tested many times throughout the past two weeks and twice at the field house. We also have many prototypes for climbers in progress including claw styles and hooks. Yesterday, we started work on an actuator for the intake and it will be worked on over this weekend along with work on prototyping the elevator. CAD is making finalizations for robot layout, and designing gusset plates while code is working hard preparing for later this build season. Awards is also going strong planning and filming Chairman’s and writing essays for Dean’s List and Woodie Flowers. Thank you to all the students and mentors who have been dedicating their time to the robot, and to the parents who bring the food!

Build Update – Day 44?

Over the last couple weeks we have been making great progress across all the sub-teams!  The Build team has been working hard on finishing the final bot, and making changes on the practice bot from what we learned at the week 0 event we attended yesterday,  (Thanks 2220 for hosting an awesome event!) The Code team has been working hard on PID, it’s currently mounted on the drive train and shooters.  When they are not working on that, they have been focusing on autonomous routines and making sure that all subsystems on the robot are working properly and correctly. The CAD team has been using the finalized design of the robot to aid the builders in the construction of the final robot.  We hope to have the final bot fully assembled tonight to give us a full day to test it before we put it in the bag on Tuesday.

Build Update – Day 15

Today we made great progress on the robot and its subsystems!

The practice bot drivebase had its first successful run today!  After we tested it for sometime, we continued to assemble the improved shooter for more precise testing.  The Code team made more progress into this years unit tests to help prevent errors from occurring.  The CAD team made progress on the design of the finalized prototypes.  We are looking forward to see what we can accomplish in this coming week!  Stay tuned for more updates!


Recap of last week to now (Build Day 12)

Over the last week the team has been working on prototyping all of the various subsystems for our robot. Currently we have been working on (and making significant progress in): Fuel Intake, Fuel Cage, Gear Intake, Drive Train, Fuel Shooter, and Gear Deposit mechanisms. Thanks to the team being very active during the early days of the Build Season, we have made a lot of progress in the prototypes and CADing of the parts for the robot and have been keeping ourselves on schedule.

Today: The cage for carrying the fuel was being tested with the intake mounted as well as testing/mounting the gear intake along with pneumatic lifting for up-righting the gear to be placed on the peg in the airship.

Build Season – Bag Day

Today was a very busy day with lots of manufacturing of final parts for the competition robot. We made a spare intake arm and another shooter.  The coders worked on writing more tests to prevent possible future code issues as we continue to improve our code in the weeks before competition.   Stay tuned for our updates as we get closer to the Iowa regional!


Build Season – Day 41

Today we spent most of the time preparing the practice robot and the competition robot for tomorrow’s week 0 event at Centennial High School. We hope to find any possible issues that arise from extensive testing at the event.  The marketing team spent time getting sponsor logos ready to go on the competition robot.


The CADers were using finite element analysis in Solidworks to test the 3D model of the robot out to make sure it can stand the tests of this years challenge.  The code team have been writing more unit tests to help reduce the amount of errors in the code.  With 4 days left in the build season, as each day goes by, each minute becomes more and more precious.

Build Season – Day 40

Today we made great progress on optimizing and finalizing many subsystems on the prototype robot.  The remaining machined parts have arrived from our gracious sponsors which some of
them have been assembled with the rest of the competition robot parts.
IMG_20160218_210938 The Electronics team have been hard at work finalizing their wire runs for the final robot.  The Build team have been testing the prototype robot for possible improvements and have been building the competition robot. The coders have been working on autonomous routines and on new drivetrain gear shifters.  We are five days out from bag day, so it has been nothing but hard work!

Build Season – Day 32

Today the prototype robot was driving around which was a great milestone in the build season.  We were able to test all the defenses which went very well, there are some minor adjustments that have to be made.  Testing of the subsystems mounted onto the prototype were also tested for consistency and other possible issues.  The coders spent the day writing tests that point out errors in our code, and the CADers sent out the final parts order for the competition robot.


While all these other exciting things are going on, people have been hard at work machining parts in house for the competition robot.  We hope to have all the parts for the final robot by next Wednesday.

Build Season – Day 31

After yesterdays successful meeting, we continued working on the prototype robot.  We attached the wheels to the drive train after the hub caps arrived from our gracious machining sponsor, Harvey Vogel.



One of our coders finished setting up Jenkins.  Jenkins is a CI (continuous integration) server, whenever someone on the code team pushes new code to GitHub, a web based source code management for programmers, Jenkins downloads the code and compiles it to see if there are any errors or issues with the new code.


Build Season Day 26

We’re halfway through week four of build season and lots is happening at the shop. The build team is busy working on the shooter and intakes, including The Auger (The Reality) and a different catapult arm. We are lathing and milling parts for the gearboxes and drive rails, and gearbox assembly has started.


As always, the CADers are hard at work, CADing the Auger and catapult arm. On the coding side of things, we have been teaching new coders how PIDs work. We have also been programming the intake system.


We have submitted our Woodie Flowers, Chairman’s, and Executive Summary awards, and are working on Dean’s List and Entrepreneurship.