Week One in Review: Software
This week was all about getting acquainted with the new game, the new environment, and the new control system! The first two days were spent learning the game and how to best score points, followed by strategizing on how to score the most points efficiently. On Wednesday, the software team broke off and began downloading our new programming environment, Eclipse. Veterans enjoyed NetBeans, so downloading Eclipse was somewhat disheartening. However, we were excited to get working with the new roboRio!! This continued through Thursday, where we downloaded all of the NI Utilities and began writing basic code to drive the practice chassis wired by our electrical group. By about 9 o'clock, we were up and driving! We plan to continue with this today (Friday) to allow driving to run a little more smoothly.
Week One in Review: Administration
This week we secured transportation to/from our two regional events. We also secured hotel reservations for our trip to Waterloo, Canada. The Chairman's Team began discussing strategies for writing a creative Chairman's essay that captures the effectiveness of our program in meeting the goals of FIRST. We met with our video/photography team to discuss pictures and videos that we can use in the Chairman's Video and what they needed to do for the rest of the build season. Parents who volunteered to make team meals were reminded of their donations.
Week One in Review: Electrical
With a completely new crew and phenomenal alumni and mentors, the electrical team endured a week full of learning and success! Monday, the electrical team learned the fundamentals of DC circuitry and how it pertains to building a functioning robot. By Wednesday, the electrical team put their newly developed skills to test and had fully wired a new Drive Training Robot!! This was a huge accomplishment for the students and stirred excitement throughout the team! Starting Thursday, the electrical team took on an even greater challenge and decided to re-wire Team 329’s Logomotion Robot! This provided great experience for our students as they will be soon wiring a robot with multiple functions as Locomotion once had. During the finals days of week one the electrical team continued to work on their skills and proved how hard work can lead to magnificent achievement!
Week One in Review: Mechanical
Measure twice, cut once! This week was all about applying the skills taught in the Pre- Build Season and implementing them while working on various projects. The construction team wasted no time as they finished building our Drive Training Robot. Also, they started sharpening their skills by helping to re- create Team 329’s Logomotion Robot! This week was full of amazing lessons, great mentors, and simply awesome work! By the end of the week, our construction team had created wooden versions of various field pieces to assist in the creation of our 2015 robot! Everyone put their best foot forward and worked excellently together to accomplish an impressive amount!
Week One in Review: Booster Club
The Booster Club has hit the ground running by getting district approval for two new scholarships they will be offering to seniors, purchasing two new HP laptops for the software team, raising more than $10,000, and officially getting incorporated! Great job Booster Club!! Formal Applications for the Booster Club Scholarships will be available soon.
Week One in Review: SolidWorks
Anything you have, we can design! We began this week organizing and distributing work. Our task was initiating the design of the robots drive train. Using the Mecanum Wheel drive system, students created the different components of the drive train. We combined our parts into an assembly, which accurately depicts what the drive train will look like. We went further on to include the recycling bin and the tote in our design. We received instruction and ideas from the build team on how they wanted to design the robot. We periodically checked in with the mechanical team to assure that our plans were in sync with theirs. We also used this time to teach rookies the basics of SolidWorks and the 3D Printer.