Bag and Tag, this year we were on track to do it right and get done early. But we all know the saying all good things come to an end. Well, unforchantly we got to experience that on Tuesday and it was not a fun thing.
Monday with there being no school, our team came in at 8:00a.m. and put in a good 12 hours and did great work. By 8 that night we could score during autonomous, drive, and shoot Frisbees! It was looking so good that we were only going to stay until 8 on Tuesday.
When Tuesday came around our team was pumped up. They worked from 8-3 during school hours and had no problem; we could now climb and work like a well-oiled machine. At 3 when the rest of our team met up we went to the gym to practice. This is when Rambo, our robot stopped working. After talking with our programmer it seems like when we send information to our cRIO all communication is lost. We then spent the next 9 hour working and still not really solving the problem, but on the plus side we did fix some little problems that weren’t noticed before. So in the end we did have a productive day.
You could say we drinking 48 cans of Coke and Mountain Dew between the 15 of us and getting to spend more time with Rambo than we planned to, is as much time for celebrating that we had. Then we can’t forget that we got to stay at school until 11:50 when our robot was official in the bag. But I think it would be hard to find one person on our team that would say they didn’t have fun this season or didn’t enjoy working on Rambo.
Team 1540’s Bag and Tag is one of the most active days in the build season. Approximately 30 members logged into the lab on Tuesday; 10 students were present at 9:30 when the competition robot was bagged. Inferno, our competition robot, weighed in at 119.6 pounds, a slight decrease from last year’s 119.9.
The whole day was spent testing, with members spending all free time in the lab. Software members especially were fixing bugs in the vision tracking and autonomous code. Mechanical Engineering members saw their work decrease around midday, as the robot became mostly free of any mechanical issues.
The day was a success, and Team 1540 looks forward to practicing with the prototype robot, Dante. In the coming days, keep an eye out for our reveal video on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/1540FlamingChickens. See you at the Autodesk Oregon Regional in two weeks! After that we’re headed to the Oklahoma Regional, March 28-30, and if all goes well, World Championships.