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for want of more unbag time

The team has been working hard to use the unbagged time before our second competition at Oxen Hill. Tonight we plan to finish some pneumatic tube runs, continue wiring sensors, and replace the motor on our Tipper sub-system for moar power!

Join us at Oxon Hill High School on Mar 23 and 24 to see the Week 4 competition! https://goo.gl/maps/NcT31Fr6zJU2

Much to do before first competition at haymarket

As part of the FIRST Chesapeake District, Team 116 will attend the District events at Haymarket (Mar 1-3) and Oxen Hill (Mar 22-24.) We have a lot to do before our Week 1 competition!

Driver tryouts are happening as this is typed! The team withheld the Catch and Lift mechanisms to allow time to finish assembling the end effector. The software team is busy with vision and OI programming. The controls team is considering sensors to make the drivers’ jobs easier. And the doughnuts are gone.

We bagged a robot!

Our robot, upside down

Congrats on finishing build season!!!!! There is a lot of hard work now sitting in a bag.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday the 21st 7-10
  • Saturday the 23rd 9-2
  • Tuesday the 26th 7-10
  • Thursday the 28th 7-10

We need to finish the mechanisms that are outside of the bag, pack for competition, do driver tryouts and use our 6 hours of unbagged time.

pdr presentations, more progress

Every group has presented their Preliminary Design Review! They all have an idea about their respective design and a plan to move forward. Next week will see Critical Design Review for most groups, while the Frame+Mobility subgroup starts to cut and assemble the frame.

pdr and more snow

The team has been effected by late starts and early school closings in the week of Jan 13. We have been meeting at Nova Labs when possible but it’s not as productive as having shop access.

The frame and mobility team, aka BAMF, gave their PDR presentation. The other groups are close to prepared for their presentations and are working as fast as the weather allows.

snow day

Try again nature – we’re meeting at Nova Labs — 6p tonight Jan 14 — and there’s nothing you can do to stop us from building this year’s robot!

P.S. Please don’t smite us with a hurricane-blizzard-tornado-quake. At least, wait till after build season, thanks.

BRAINSTORMING AND SNOW

Firstly, there is the possibility of snow over the weekend. Look for an email from Kelsey about meeting update before you leave on Saturday.

The team spent the week in brainstorming solutions to play the game, and learned a lot from doing it. Now we meet in subgroups to plan for PDR and solve the specific challenges.

116 only wears the latest fashions

There are a few different ideas floating around for each manipulator system. Some parts arrived yesterday and we were able to test suction on the cargo, and if it will seal. There was enough vacuum to shatter the make-shift suction cup!

Kickoff 2019

About 30 students, parents, and mentors came to the high school to watch the kickoff presentation on Saturday! We had a great potluck spread for breakfast and enthusiasm for the new game. We were excited to see the game, Destination: Deep Space — everyone immediately started brainstorming ideas and preparing for Stubots the next day.

Stay tuned for more updates as we iterate ideas and prototype solutions!

DC Regional – Mar 29 and 30 – See 116 compete!

Here is our match schedule for Friday and Saturday:

Friday (Mar 29)

09-Q 116 4242 1849 709 1731 2121 10:19am
16-Q   4456 1446 116 138 611 2974 11:15am
26-Q  2186 2630 1123 116 4464 422 1:53pm
36-Q 623 79 4137 116 1915 2630 3:13pm
45-Q  1195 2377 614 4466 612 116 4:25pm
50-Q  2912 4466 1735 166 3941 116 5:05pm

Saturday (Mar 30)

59-Q  116 686 2642 166 1522 2849 9:32am
77-Q  2914 2900 383 709 2534 116 11:56am
84-Q  1719 620 116 1389 2963 2961 11:41am

Webcast

http://robotics.nasa.gov/events/livestream/dcregional.php

The robot is working well, and the few problems we had were quickly fixed.  During our practice matches today, it seems like things were really finally coming together.  In some of the practice matches, we scored 38, 46, and 58 points all by ourselves.  We actually left the pits early tonight, because there was nothing left to fix, and nothing to work on!  If we can keep that up, tomorrow should be pretty interesting.