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.
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!
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.
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.
Rebuilt the robot transportation unit/ robot cart.
Made spacers, designed boxes, and cut parts using the CNC.
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
Lufkin plagued by imaginary ice.
Thursday February 3, 2022
Senior member, Beth Tatum, kidnaps the robot and takes it home.
Wednesday February 2, 2022
Re-flashed Wilson and checked the condition of the camera.
Members worked on completing OSHA.
Made different looking shape in program and worked with the gussets and hooks.
Worked on wiring the robot.
Tuesday February 1, 2022
Working on limelight code and checking if Wilson (one of the limelights) is ok
Making the fabric
Building a Video Cart for the PR Subteam
CNCing the Gussets
Wiring “The most OCD wires possible” – Chad Robertson
2 rings to go around the bottom scoring mechanism , 1 ring to go around the top scoring mechanism
Decided on a prototype shooting module
Decided on a prototype intake option
Figure out a style of climbing module
Tuesday January 11, 2022
Completed the last part of rings and started the upper top ring
Putting the shooting prototype together
Tried out a roller intake with grip take (May be the final design)
Start to decide on a climb design
Started to install 2022 programming software
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
Setting up and constructing the bottom of the shooting hub and cutting out more wood for the hub.
Building a prototype, most likely gonna be an adjustable fly wheel
Using AutoCAD to start up a prototype design, Most likely hooks
Updating the software, and used GitHub for robot data.
Thursday January 13, 2022
We are really close to getting the hub finished. “Wood difficult, wrestling time right here”- FireDad
Got a working prototype shooter (Fly-Wheel), and it was able to shoot fairly high (Even shot at our Videographer Gustavo).
Participated in shadow-boxing our new tool chests
Using last years code as a reference point for this years code.
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
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
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
Started building the Chassis, they are 3/4th the way through and will be done with it on Monday
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.