COMPETITION UPDATES: DRIPPING SPRINGS

UPDATE 3-4-22:

After arriving to Dripping Springs High School, the Pantherbots have finished their first practice match. To watch our first first official match click the Twitch Link: https://www.twitch.tv/firstintexasevents.

UPDATE 3-4-22:

We have arrived at Dripping Springs!!! The Pantherbots have checked the robot in, passing inspection.  The team gets ready for a long, eventful, exciting two day competition. Don’t forget to tune in on Twitch this weekend to support the team!

UPDATE:

This weekend we are traveling to Dripping Springs High School to compete in our first FRC FIRST Robotics competition of the season!!!! Click the link to watch us go head-to-head on the gamefield:  https:// www.twitch.tv/firstintexasevents.

Weekly Update 2/14/22-2/19/22

Friday February 18, 2022

Programming

  • Gifhub did not work so members worked on logic statements.

Electrical

  • Wired climb wenches.

CAD

  • Created brackets.

Game Field

  • Continued making tutus.

Bumpers

  • Wrapped the blue bumper and wrapped and staged everything needed for installation.

Thursday February 17, 2022

Programming

  • Looked into the color sensors and found version for them.

Control Systems

  • Put on pistons on the arms and attached thunder hexes for the limelight.

CAD

  • Made a mount for the camera.

Game Field

  • Worked on tutus and started getting bo ties ready by wiring lights and adding 3D printed paws for them.

Wednesday February 16, 2022

Programming

  • Put robot code on for the drive to be able to share and looked into practice code for game.

Control Systems

  • Installed new spacers on the arms of the robot.

CAD

  • Worked on spacers.

Game Field

  • Crafted tutus for the team mentors at coopetition.

Tuesday  February 15, 2022

Programming

  • Tested digital input for color sensors and looked at google for resources.

Control Systems

  • Went over terminology of robot.

CAD

  • Cadded spacers and 3D printed them.

Game Field

  • Worked on camera cart and made tutus.

Monday February 14, 2022

Programming

  • System check and tried to implement digital input for color sensor, if it doesn’t work look into making new sub-system.

Control Systems

  • Checked wiring from panel installation process.

CAD

  • Cut out metal for climber mechanism.

Game Field

  • Split into two groups; one group worked on camera cart and the other worked on the robot

Weekly Update 2/7/22-2/12/2

Saturday February 12, 2022

Programming

  • Tested some code for the robot, looked at Chad’s team scouting website, looked into color sensor, and made ID controller launcher

Control Systems

  • Replaced wood side panels with polycarbonate panels

CAD

  • Cut out polycarbonate for the sides of the robot, made a belt guard, and animated a CAD model

Friday February  11, 2022

Programming

  • Aided in testing the intake and tested color sensors.

Electrical

  • working on robot batteries.

Mechanical

  • found air compressor leak, adjusted the launching mechanism, and replaced release valves.

Thursday February 10, 2022

Programming

  • Addressed programming errors

Electrical

  • Trial and error testing

Game Field

  • Moved hanging bars to appropriate place

Wednesday February 9, 2022

Programming

  • Made intake adjustments

Electrical

  • Repairing tubing and nomadic chain

Game Field

  • Taking and finishing OSHA course

CAD

  • Refreshing skills on CAD software

Tuesday February 8, 2022

Intake

  • Repaired air take tank tubing

Programming

  • Adjusted intake, and addressed issues with robot’s programming

CAD

  • Added rims to retainers

Game Field

  • Members worked on taking OSHA course

Monday February 7, 2022

Programming

  • Updated radio and firmware for Pigeon and Talon software and adjusted the speed of it.

Game Field

  • Made a cart to push camera workers as they record.

CAD

  • Cut retainers to hold bearings and designed a “Lip” for the retainers.

Control Systems

  • Measured chassis components and added screws.

Weekly Update 01/31/22- 02/5/22

Saturday February 5, 2022

Programming

  • Tied characterizing the drive train, but got weird numbers, so members had to convene with mentor, Cody, Re-flashed Spaldin, trying to get t to default/characterize the IV’s.

Mechanical

  • Rebuilt the robot transportation unit/ robot cart.

CAD

  • Made spacers, designed boxes, and cut parts using the CNC.

Control Systems

  • The first group took motor off, putt small arms together while attaching sparkmax’s as well, Connected the RSL, put LED lights on robot, organized wires, and got ethernet cables for the radio. Another group worked on the fixing the shooting path of the robot.

Friday February 4, 2022

School Cancelled

  • Lufkin plagued by imaginary ice.

Thursday February 3, 2022

Practice Cancelled

  • Senior member, Beth Tatum, kidnaps the robot and takes it home.

Wednesday February 2, 2022

Programming

  • Re-flashed Wilson and checked the condition of the camera.

Game Field

  • Members worked on completing OSHA.

CAD

  • Made different looking shape in program and worked with the gussets and hooks.

Control Systems

  • Worked on wiring the robot.

Tuesday February 1, 2022

Programming

  • Working on limelight code and checking if Wilson (one of the limelights) is ok

Bumpers

  • Making the fabric

Game Field

  • Building a Video Cart for the PR Subteam

CAD

  • CNCing the Gussets

Control Systems

  • Wiring “The most OCD wires possible” – Chad Robertson

Monday January 31, 2022

No meeting held

Weekly Update 01/24/22- 01/29/22

Saturday January 29, 2022

Programming

  • Tested auto controls and started looking ta the problems with the side- to-side autonomous Serpentine code ( was rotating in a 360 degree motion).

CAD

  • Attempted to make 90 degree, made game pieces for the 3D printed game filed, made baby robots, and broke the CNC bit and collar.

Game field

  • Finished the lower and upper discharge, and finished “anti-Beth” crash ramp.

Control Systems

  • Checked climbing capabilities and mounted the air compressor, pneumatics hub, the PDH, PH, and RPM.

Strategy

  • Looked at old game field footage and reviewed other team strategy.

Bumpers

  • Created the frame and cut them and adjusted them to legality.

Friday January 28, 2022

Programming

  • Created LED and LimeLight sub sytstem and learning how they work, and PIT tuning for path following progress.

CAD

  • Cut out same parts of intake and designing some gassets.

Game field

  • Move wood from woodshop to our shop

Mechanical

  • Putting into the structural form of the robot, fixing the shooter prototype so it can fit (adjusting holy sizes), and putting motor on intake prototype.

Thursday January 27, 2022

Programming

  • Showed new member new information on coding.

CAD

  • Cut out parts with the CNC machine and worked on CAD skills.

Game field

  • Finished putting special reflective tape on the hub to help paint. Measured wood pieces to add to the hub.

Control Systems

  • Attached prototype intake to chassis. Put back wheels on.

Wednesday January 26, 2022

Programming

  • Updating the firmware and id number for the sparkmax.

Game field

  • Added upright support to increase structural integrity against robot impact. Outlined where the terminals got to scale as well as the balls once set out to practice.

Control Systems

  • Crimped Andersons on Sparkmax and installed belts.

Tuesday January 25, 2022

Programming

  • Improved sub-system ball injector

CAD

  • CNC

Game Field

  • Reinforce the hub

Chassis

  • Tightened the screws on the belly pan and crossmembers plus riveting

Monday January 24, 2022

Programming

  • Modified the basic sub system and had Cody to check to see if it met standards

CAD

  • Drew some stuff up for the robot cut out something on the CNC machine

Gear Box

  • Inventoried the box and building system that will help the gearbox.

Game Field

  • Separated into two groups.
    • Group 1: Made an extra support feet for the top hub
    • Group 2: Made supports on the bottom hub

Chassis

  • Rearranged the motor 180 Degrees making the holes bigger as well

WEEKLY UPDATE FOR 01/17/21 – 01/21/21

Saturday January 22, 2022

Shooter

  • Creating the dails for it using metal rods

Game Field

  • Putting the support on the lower so upper hub is able to stay on without any major issues

CAD

  • Cut the belly pan for the chassis

Programming

  • Creating the sub system for the robot.

Chassis Crew

  • Putting on the belly pan.

Friday January 21, 2022

Shooter

  • Tapped churros for the shooter prototype.

Game field

  • Added more pieces the hub to make it more realistic to the game and to give it more structure. Moved lower hub to where it should be to make it easier to move after upper piece is added.

Programming

  • Made progress on simulating both code and the computer.

CAD

  • Cut out the arms for the intake and the newest prototype for the shooter.

Thursday January 20, 2022

Chassis Crew

  • Cut metal for he bedpan that will be used to mount parts onto the bottom of the finished chassis.

Intake

  • Testing the prototype and made it more robust .

Mechanical/Game field

  • Moved parts and disassembled wood to reuse for this years game field pieces

Programming

  • Characterizing drive train for the robot.

Wednesday January 19, 2022

Chassis Crew

  • Added wheels to the chassis, essentially finishing the base of the robot.

Mechanical/Control Systems

  • Finished working on the intake prototype and making it fully functional.

Programming

  • Continued to work on the same foundation of coding and reviewed the IMU and pidgin code.

Game Field

  • Dismantled old parts from previous game pieces, finished lower deposits and fender, and added support beams to hold up the bottom/lower ring.

CAD

  • Finished design on ethernet switch and created a tiny platform  for the switch between the wheel well.

Tuesday January 18, 2022

Chassis Crew

  • Finished up the tightening up bolts and getting the rest of the chassis finished

Mechanical/Control Systems

  • Started training in pneumatics.

Programming

  • Reviewed what was left behind of the previous code and compared coding with Cody, programming mentor.

Game Field

  • Took wood apart from the switch, a 2020 game piece, and cut it. Started cutting steel for the robot.

CAD

  • Continued to load the belly pan.

Monday January 17, 2022

Chassis Crew

  • Fixed gearbox (making it functional), attached motor, finished assembly by adding endpoles and wheels

Shooter

  • Take out some dowels and readjusted the angle, and finalized the geometry program.

Programming

  • Successfully able to make the drive train and other pieces move, and beginning to install Pidgin, a coding software.

Game Field

  • Assembled side pieces of the Monkey Bars, and moved everything to a new location for space purposes.

WEEKLY UPDATE FOR 01/10/21 – 01/14/21

Monday January 10, 2022

Game Field

  • 2 rings to go around the bottom scoring mechanism , 1 ring to go around the top scoring mechanism

Shooter

  • Decided on a prototype shooting module

Intake

  • Decided on a prototype intake option

Climb

  • Figure out a style of climbing module

Tuesday January 11, 2022

Game Field

  • Completed the last part of rings and started the upper top ring

Shooter

  • Putting the shooting prototype together

Intake

  • Tried out a roller intake with grip take (May be the final design)

Climb

  • Start to decide on a climb design

Programming

  • Started to install 2022 programming software

CAD

  • Helping out game field in figure out how to make a polygon into a circle and the angles required to do so

Wednesday January 12, 2022

Game Field

  • Setting up and constructing the bottom of the shooting hub and cutting out more wood for the hub.

Shooter

  • Building a prototype, most likely gonna be an adjustable fly wheel

Intake

  • No Update

Climb

  • Using AutoCAD to start up a prototype design, Most likely hooks

Programming

  • Updating the software, and used GitHub for robot data.

Thursday January 13, 2022

Game Field

  • We are really close to getting the hub finished. “Wood difficult, wrestling time right here”- FireDad

Shooter

  • Got a working prototype shooter (Fly-Wheel), and it was able to shoot fairly high (Even shot at our Videographer Gustavo).

Intake

  • Participated in shadow-boxing our new tool chests

Programming

  • Using last years code as a reference point for this years code.

Team Leads

  • Our team leads participated in advance academics night. This event consisted of our team leads driving our robot from last year. We used the intake and shooter system to have fun with kids ages 4-14. Many of the kids were inthralled with the robot and had a great deal of fun. Thank you to LufkinISD for inviting us to this lovely event, we were thrilled to share our wonderful robot with this wonderful community

Friday January 14, 2022

Saturday January 15, 2022

Shooter

  • Routed out the 3rd rendition of the fly wheel prototype. Moved fly wheel mechanism and motors to new panel, along with testing angles by removing/adding dowels to the hood. Also routed out intake panels for Monday

Game Field

  • Learned how to use Skill Saw, Paddle Bit, and Circular Saws. Attached the two side pieces and the bottom supports for the monkey bars. Should be completed by Monday

Chassis Crew

  • Started building the Chassis, they are 3/4th the way through and will be done with it on Monday

Programming 

  • Tried to deploy robot to drive by code that they produced. Many complications but its a simple fix that can be done on Monday. The problem was that it the code could not find the ID Spark Maxes.

Robotics Summer Camp 2021

Summer Camp

This week the PantherBots partnered with GearUP to host teams of freshmen students for a week of building, programming, and testing their EV3 Lego Mars rover. With many challenges such as budget cuts, lawsuits, and even a last second problem of cosmic radiation that caused a change in code, it was a challenging and exciting experience.  The pictures of the fun are below: 

The teams had the option of two pathways. The red path yielded you 65 points however once you reached Earth you had to back up into Mars. The blue path yielded you 60 points. Hitting a asteroid (Basketballs) or Satellites from different countries (Small Robots) yielded a 1 point deduction and going off the map caused a 2 point deduction. Lastly if the brain of your robot landed directly over the circle it is a 3 point addition.

Monday

On Monday all of the campers organized their Lego kits, decided on a team name, and made their logos, which we are now 3D printing. Pictured below are the teams:

The Banana Ducks posing with their robot named “LilDuckieV1”
Pictured from left to right: Patrick Butler, Evan McElroy, Juan Hernandez, Gavin Libby, Dylan Mettlen
Gears, Nuts, and Bolts posing with their robot named “Bolt”
Pictured from left to right: Karsin Laningham, Felix Bermudez, Jayla Culpepper
The Gifted And Young Scientist posing with their robot named “Genius Bot”
Pictured from left to right: Krista Butterfras, Jackson Randall, Samuel Gonzalez Perez
The 3 Gamers posing with their robot named “Forehead”
Pictured from left to right: Julian Martinez, Amiya Evans, Tasia Richard
Stars United posing with their robot named “Obi2.0”
Pictured from left to right: Sacorian Gardner, Raeonna Card, DeMarkus Chinn, Kendrick Butler

Tuesday

On Tuesday the teams started to build their absolutely magnificent robots and develop code. Teams started working on the presentations and completing their 3D logos. Teams are off to a great start with some able to run half of the course by Tuesday. During our break we demonstrated our newest drive train affectionately called Swervey bot as well as our award winning robot that played in the FRC game Steamworks.

Wednesday

On Wednesday the teams started to run the course with ease. Most teams completed their code while others finished up the PowerPoints. Teams were advised NASA would have a press conference on Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m. CST.

Gears, Nuts, and Bolts bot running the course with great success!
However some teams were having some faulty code

Thursday

Thursday, AKA announcement day. The teams were told that due to cosmic radiations their forward boosters had failed. This meant that if they traveled to Earth they would have to reverse into Mars. Their reaction was very eager to take on the challenge. They also had our first Corporate Espionage lawsuit between Stars United and the Banana Ducks. The suit was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Friday

On Friday all the campers came in ready to work, demonstrate their robots and give their presentations with their minds set on earning the most points and being awarded the Golden Ratio Double Seahorse Gear Trophy. The teams are ready to demonstrate their code and presentations to friends, family, and judges. Our judges for this event are Jeffin James and Matt Millican two of our local Lockheed Martin Manufacturing Engineers.

The BananaDucks route with their robot named “LilDuckieV1”
Stars United route with their robot named “Obi2.0”
The Gifted And Young Scientist route with their robot named “Genius Bot”
Gears, Nuts, and Bolts route with their robot named “Bolt”
The 3 Gamers route with their robot named “Forehead”

Weekly update for 01/23/21 – 01/29/21

Saturday January 23, 2021

  • PR
      • Finished the Woodie Flowers essay
      • Recorded drive team doing some of the challenges
  • Control systems
      • Worked on the wiring for BabyBot
  • Programming
      • Messed with the autonomous code
  • Drive team
      • Did a bunch of tests and did a lot of testing
      • Big improvements to the robot to make it a lot better

Monday January 25, 2021

  • Mechanical
      • BabyBot became one with the electrical team
      • Team member learned to crimp wires
      • The Rio was also connected with shot blue/black jumper cable
      • Teamed the wrench or correct wrench makes all Converting 10 metric to 7/16 wrench the difference
      • Learned to strip wires and how to read the tool
      • N – Neutral Black wire
      • LA – Red wire goes to A in the jumper wire
      • LB – 1 end of jumper wire
      • Talon had no power
      • Repositioned talon so it is right side up
  • PR
      • Firemom took some pictures

Tuesday January 26, 2021

  • Programming
      • Hoping the robot goes in a straight line
      • Robot is moving around but very fast (A little difficult to stop or slow down)
      • Rearing in a lot of different directions
      • Took some pictures of the testing
      • Some photoshop to organize pictures
      • Comp bot “It moves…Just not necessarily in a straight line”
      • Playing with sensors and trying to work w autonomy
      • 2017 robot(as a model to copy onto to 2021 bot.

Wednesday January 27, 2021

  • Team leads meeting
      • The team leads discussed ideas and plans of action for up and coming meetings

Thursday January 28, 2021

  • Drive team meeting
      • Did a couple of drive team tests
      • We lost a neo motor off of the gear box and fixed it
      • 13  sec on the figure 8 course
      • 17 sec on the barrel race

Friday January 29, 2021

  • Game design team
      • Looked over the game rubric
      • Did not finish with the rules
      • Did a game simulation (Human players preformed action that robots would preform in game)

GAME CLUE 3:

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