Today was an exquisite day for Team 4! We really have a good start for this build season.
Electronics set up the driver station, ordered parts, and checked batteries. It turns out there are eight dead batteries and only two working batteries. Only two out of ten good batteries batteries? ¡Ay, caramba!
After lots of troubleshooting and debugging, programming finally programmed the robot to drive straight using fancy gyro technology. Woo! Justin Comins, as jolly as can be, had this to say after the accomplishment:
— Justin Comins
Design finalized the design for the climber and began CADing it. Now that's progress!
Machining “swagged out” on the lathe. Woohoo!
Various members of programming and electronics joined forces in the machine shop to work on machining the pole-grabbing mechanism of the climber. What a fine example of our integrated teamwork!
All in all, it was a good, productive day. It only takes one spark to start the fire of passion, creativity, and innovation. Stay tuned for the exciting adventures that await!
As we are approaching the end of the first week of this speedy build season, our team has made a lot of progress so far. Finishing up prototypes, CAD Designs, Drivebase Machining, and writing awesome code is the highlight of this week.
As of right now, we are running a little ahead of schedule, which is allowing us to make important decessions for this year's robot, with the proper thought behind them. Today, we protoyped a shooter and were able to shoot frisbees at a significantly far distance, compared to our other failed attemps from earlier this week.
In programming, Heads of Department Justin Comins and Mitchell Karchemsky have been mentoring myself with writing the PID Loops and Gryoscope optimization for robot driving code. We should be done and ready to program the manipulators soon.
Electronics worked on using our “First Choice” credits to order new parts that we need for our robot right now. Department Head, Jordan Rodgers, worked on imaging the cRIO and our new driverstation netbook that we just recieved yesterday, with the 2013 competition software.
Overall, we are doing awesome and cannot wait for competition! Keep up the great work, Team 4!