Week One - Day 5 01/09/09
The first week is always rough. We are still bickering on
how to do things, but we are not going to let it bother us.
It is so much fun watching the student put together the electronics.
We made no magic smoke and no one soldered their fingers
together. I miss the smell of solder and burning flesh.
We purchased one sheet of the FRP flooring material at Home Depot.
$35.00 per sheet. I thing we'll need three more. We
threw together the kit bot (Thanks Andy) and tested how slippery a
loaded robot was. It is lucky that we have twins that weigh just
the right amount to simulate the robot loaded. Don't worry, we
have a spare if this one gets hurt. The robot slides quite a bit
on the FRP. Wheel spin will kill us.
We constructed a trailer goal. Interesting design. It seems
easy to toss balls into it. We will build a second one for
Week One - Day 4 01/08/09
Yea. We are back in the school. The Andymark
drive train showed up. This is our first chance to look at the wheels. Very sweet. It appears Nypro is providing the materials for them.
We began assembling them onto the new kitbot.
I purchased a 4 x 8 sheet of FRP($35.00) to test them on. Very slick.
It is a Team 237 tradition to change our minds. We are going to
build a traditional 4 wheel base to allow the electrical team time to
work with the new electronics. We will also build the crab base
;) and hopefully we will be able to use it.
We prototyped a roller assembly for shooting the Orbit balls out of the hopper. A piece of PVC with cord worked well.
Using the 07' bot we started working on how the trailer would mate with the robot. We got quite a bit done.
Week One - Day 3 01/07/09
school today. We were able to meet at one of our sponsors
offices. Sweet. Thanks to KeyPro Realtors for the space.
We actually got quite a bit decided. Crab drive in the
front and fixed wheels in the back. We also decided on a dump bin
for the balls that will be feed from the human player station.
Week One - Day 2 01/06/09
meeting. There is a storm coming so the town canceled all evening
activities. We tried to get an alternate location, but it did not
work out. The storm is supposed to last through Wednesday, so we
may miss tomorrow also.
Week One - Day 1 01/05/09
have our first real meeting of the sixweeks. We warned the
students that they need to read the manual because there would be a
test. Guess what? There was a test
Not a hard test, but you needed to read the manual. How
many passed? 50%. The students took it until they passed.
Here is my problem. I expect the students to take this
seriously. The mentors all give up their time to do this. I
expect that they will not waste our time.
What did we accomplish? Actually quite a bit. We talked it
out enough so we are all on the same page with how the game may work.
We are all, for the most part, understanding each other when we
talk. Too often, there are multiple definitions that slow down
the discussions. Did I expect more? Always. Am I OK
with how far we got. You Betcha ya. <wink>