Read the updates on teams have been up to in Week 3 as team get ready for the 2012 FRC Game — Rebound Rumble!
- FIRST Team 1359 – the Scalawags
- FIRST Team 1510 – Westview High School
- FIRST Team 2542 – Gresham High School
- FIRST Team 2550 – Oregon City High School
- FIRST Team 4109 – Reynolds High School
- FIRST Team 4127 – Vernonia High School
FIRST Robotics Team 1359 – The Scalawags – has been looking at a difficult year once again. As last year, our building and programming teams consists largely of first-year team members. Our third week into build season, we are feeling the pressure and working furiously to avoid pulling yet another all-nighter. Despite the impending reality of crunch time, we are feeling fairly confident. In past years, we’ve run into quite a few issues with students and mentors alike getting burnt out partway through build season on a daily schedule. As a result, we’re taking a different approach this year; we’ve been meeting only on weekends, as strategy that seems to have reduced stress and increased productivity. “I think that, surprisingly, we’re about as far this year on a weekend schedule as we were the last few years,” said Kayren T., a member of our spirit team.
We’ve been using Autodesk Inventor to design our robot. “I’ve been modeling the parts with Buzzy’s guidance as we need them. Things are a little stalled, though, because my computer’s been acting weird,” said Austin A., one of our programmers.
Our strategy is to use a sweeper and a hopper to collect balls and score points, similar to what we did during Lunacy. We’re also working on a way to get our ‘bot onto the bridges, using an arm with a caster on the end. “I think our idea for the arm will work pretty well once it’s finished,” said Zach B., programmer and part-time builder.
Our mentors have been busy assisting us with the build process. Buzzy and Jeff have both been overseeing the build process as the students work to put the robot together. “Earlier today, I had to borrow a lathe from one of our sponsors, Optimal Control Systems, to put the finishing touches on the brackets to mount our wheels,” said Jeff.
It’s thanks to sponsors like Optimal Control Systems, NASA, IBEW (Local 280), Concept Systems, Linn Gear Co., and Economy Supply, and mentors, like Buzzy, Barb, Bryan, Linda, and Jeff, that we have the opportunity to participate in FIRST Robotics. And we’re forever grateful for it.
Story by Deanna B., FIRST Robotics Team 1359
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FIRST Team 1510 is having a great time with the Rebound Rumble Challenge! Mechanical students are making the final adjustments to the design of the robot and are beginning the fabrication process. Our custom designed chasse has returned from being welded at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus. The frame of the super structure and the drive train are now being added to it.
The programming sub-team is hard at work as well. The group has decided to code in Labview. Students have deployed code to “Woody” our test platform and our shooter prototype and are in process of trouble shooting.
The electrical board has been cut to the exact specifications given by our Autodesk Inventor sketch. The electrical team is now faced with the task of finding the most efficient placement of items. They were very excited about the arrival of our new cRIOs. “They are lighter and smaller” says team captain Quentin L.
Team 1510’s website is under construction. The business team is redesigning the site to be more efficient at spreading current information. Business team members have started working on the team’s Chairman’s Award submission and fundraising as well.
Team 1510 would like to thank Portland Community College. Without their summer course for FIRST students and the ability to use their machine shops our team would not have been anywhere near as productive as we were able to be this week.
Story by Mary S.
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This week was a productive week for FRC Team 2542. The most important accomplishments for our team included completing the frame of the robot and the cannon. Our game plan is that we’ll be using the cannon to pick up balls and shoot it back out with conveyor belts and wheels. We are currently using Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2012 to do modeling of the robot. FRC team 2542 continues to work on configuring the control system. Our motor team, lead by Abner V, is still figuring out how to work out this shooter details.
We are currently having problems with deciding the final design for the shooter. The motor team is trying to find ways to let the cannon effectively move the ball into the cannon and the shooter to accurately project the ball into the hoop from fifteen feet. “We’ve got all our measurements…we just need to know how far the wheels need to be (for the shooter)” Kelly N. explains as I ask what the problem was. The motors are now almost working, and with the help of our mentor Eric, it seems that the team is closer to finding a way to solve our problems with the cannon.
This week, we’d like to give a shout out to our mentor Werner van Bemmel for coming in almost every day to see our progress and give new ideas. Our team also wants to give a BIG thank you to Stephen Scannell, our club organizer, for always being there for us and making sure that we don’t go hungry. Miguel S. from the motor team comments that he “wants to give more thanks to Eric Eide for guiding us through things and making sure that we stay on track”.
Story by Ngoc Tran L.
More pictures at: http://picasaweb.google.com/109225428248393556554/RoboticsWeek3#
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In the first three weeks of the season, FIRST Team 2550 has assembled its robot frame, wired robot electronics, and created robot code. Our Autodesk Inventor assembly is almost complete and will be finalized once the robot is built. Putting the robot together has been the main goal of the mentors, and it looks like this goal will be reached in the next week or so.
The original strategy we came up with has undergone some changes and we are now striving to have a robot that can play defense and balance in the last portion of the match. We abandoned the idea of shooting baskets because our manipulator design team has had trouble making it to meetings.
On a lighter note, this has been the only major challenge we have faced so far. For this year’s programming, we are sticking to C++ because it is reliable and our programmers are “fluent” in that language.
The team would like to thank our coach, Mr. Busse, for his outstanding contribution of time and energy to help the team.
Sophomore Nathan B. said, with a smile, “Things are going slow, but we always get it done.”
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Robo-Raiders week 3 (4109)
We are using Autodesk’s Inventor Professional 2012 to design our robot so we know what we should build exactly.
Our mentors are trying to get us more parts and equipment’s so we can be ready to build immediately. They are also still trying to organize some things in our workshop. Our goal is to show some sign of progress by next week.
Our team is also trying to focus on making a strong and one that won’t break easily kind of robot therefore it is taking us some time to design a robot like this.
One of our problems, not the biggest, is being able to use the jaguar properly, easily, and familiarizing ourselves with it.
Bailey F., one of our electrical trainees said, “I enjoy learning about robotics and the great work because I feel this is the way our country is progressing.”
So far what we have achieved this week is organizing our equipment’s and having really useful materials, like carbon fiber sheets for free.
For now we still do not need any help from anybody but if needed our school has many smart and intelligent people that will sign up for robotics.
On Wednesday, our team has learned how to wire and connect pneumatics with other parts. It was a big success for our progress but we are still in the middle of designing.
We are still far from working on our promotional materials yet but we will start in about a week from Friday.
We are still using java because we have at least three people who are experienced with it a lot.
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This week we have continued to make progress on our robot. We are proud to say everything has been running smoothly. As a rookie team we thought it would be a difficult task to build this thing; but its turning out to be right up our alley. We are using LabView for all our programming which our programmers have picked up really easily, but we are running into a few snags. Its nothing we can’t fix though!
The building process is turning out to be kinda simple; we came up with our plan and its being executed farely well. We don’t really have a stratagy, we are just hoping to get our robot done in time.
The LoggerBots would like to make a shout out to our sponsers: NASA, Oregon Department of Education, Intel, Vernonia Hardware, and TNW Firearms. With out our sponsers we wouldn’t have had this chance; we greatly appreciate this opportunity you have given us.
We have been working on our team T-shirts and banners to promote our team and our sponsers. In my opinion they are turning our extremely awesome!
I am very proud of my team and the progress we have made so far; and im looking forward to all the progress we will be making in the next few weeks.
-Team 4127, LoggerBots
Written by Katie E
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