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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.