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 2915 – Riverdale Robotics
- FIRST Team 3712 – Union High School
- FIRST Team 4110 – “Deep Space Niners”
The third week of the build season is almost over. It a scary thought but I guess it’s true… there are only three weeks left. Yikes! As the third week is coming to an end, our team is determined to get as much done as we can.
We’ve taken advantage of our four day weekend (because of parent–teacher conferences) and had longer meetings on Thursday and Friday. We have finished CADing the drive system and are working on the wheels. The mechanical team has finished their second prototype and the wheels are now attached to the robot frame. The electrical sub-team has started to make the electrical board, deciding this year to make more of a “filing cabinet” for better organization.
Code for the shooting mechanism and roller system are completed and our programming team’s newest challenge is trying to figure out the camera. We are beginning to test auto tracking of the target and are starting to try different methods to analyzing the feed from the driver’s station. Overall, we are trying to use our knowledge of physics, math and logic to come up with best way to launch the balls into the various hoops.
Our website design is almost final; we are just tweaking the colors so we can have the coolest-looking website possible. Several members of our team have been working on our Marketing and Safety Binder and other members met early Friday morning to work on the Dean’s List and Chairman’s Award.
Lastly, we want to thank all of our mentors for helping us out! And also we would like to thank our sponsors for all of their support!
By Sema H.
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It’s been another good week for FIRST Team 3712. The chassis was finished over the weekend, and we began working hard on Monday to get all the wiring and electronics into place. By Thursday, we had the main part of our electronics secured, and our focus has now shifted to our ball launcher.
Early in the design process, we decided to create a robot that could shoot balls and score points for our alliance. A small group of us has been working to build and test this device since week one, and with the help of our mentors, they have come up with an excellent design. Our launcher design is similar to pitching machine: a conveyor will pick the balls up off the ground and ferry them to two spinning wheels that will launch the ball toward the basket. According to team member Scott Y. “We’ve managed to hammer out most of the difficulties, but it’ll still take a little bit of work to finish the launcher.”
The programmers of FIRST Team 3712 have been pulling out all the stops to get a program running. Although they were hoping to have one by this week, they couldn’t quite get it running. But, they are determined to have something up and running by next week. Keep up the great work programmers!
By Elizabeth S.
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As we make progress with our robot we came across a problem. We realized that our robot wasn’t turning! The wheels have something to do with it because they have way too much traction. We are going to leave the wheels for now because we figure that we will have enough power to turn it.
As we worked on our robot during our weekend we made a lot of progress with our prototype. As you cam see from the picture, we installed the grabber on to our bot. We need to install the tubes inside the grabber and the shooter. Once this is done we will be ready to test and make any improvements. (Sean G and Jr. H)
We are attaching the gears now. This won’t take long but it is getting to be a pain. (Cody C)
We are about to test the grabber, we all have high expectations that it will work. (Brandon M.)
Building the grabber was some what of an easy task for me. As you can see from the picture, I had to also make the tubes and everything is accurate. (Will D.)
I am working on the Axis Camera Sensor. This is needed so that our robot can detect the reflective tape so we can aim the turret towards the backboard. (Josh N.)
We are having a little trouble figuring out how to program the Axis Camera Sensor and that’s why we are looking up how to do so in the internet. (Daniel M.)
We all know that we wouldn’t be doing this competition without the help of our mentor, Mr. Chirinian. We have been working hard and we hope to finish!
Story by Luis R.
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