TLDR; Team is doing great, designs are being finalized; parent meeting has been scheduled for January 26th at 6:00pm.
Schedule: This week we are officially starting the A/B schedule. Please be here on the days you signed up for. It is VERY important that you are here on those days as in some cases you are the only representative from your particular sub-team.
The Full Story:
As of last Wednesday (1/11) the team has developed their chosen strategy. They are pursuing design of a robot that will focus on scoring gears, climbing the rope, and defense. We believe that with the resources available and the amount of time that we have to complete our robot this strategy is best suited to our talents.
Thursday – Monday we are/have been working on designs for the specific mechanisms we are going to need. On Saturday we developed a working climber prototype and today we believe we have developed a viable gear collector that will allow us to pick up gears from both the floor and loading area and then deliver the gear to the ‘airship’ to place it on the peg. The key to all of this is quick turnaround so that our drivers have time to practice. I am hoping that the CAD team will be able to finalize the design no later than Wednesday so that we may being ordering parts ASAP. If we could have two completed robots by the end of week four I would be ecstatic.
Students who are interested in being members of either the drive team or pit crew are being given OSHA vouchers to begin the certification process. They have until the end of build season to complete the certification process (2/22). They will be able to begin taking the written rules test on Saturday (1/21) for drive team/pit crew tryouts. It is not too late to get a voucher.
There is another parent meeting scheduled for January 26th at 6:00.
Love, Peace, and Robot Grease,