Sunday, January 31. 2010
We are halfway through build season! Ack!!!
Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
Before I start on today, I have a leftover from yesterday. Peter published his white paper on the Chief Delphi Forums. Here is the link: http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/papers/2324
This paper explains how to use the ellipse detection software with the camera to determine the robot's position relative to the target.
Using the FRC Camera in conjunction with the NI Vision software, the robot’s position relative to a vision target can be determined. The Vision software can detect ellipses in the camera image and measure their major and minor diameters. The ellipse detection software can thus measure the apparent deformation of the target by the camera’s changing angle relative to the target, which can be used to determine the robot’s position.
Pretty cool, huh?!?
Food for today! Mentor Karen brought bagels and donuts this morning.
Lunch was brought Jason's family and was subs on wonderfully fresh rolls, served with chips, snicker-doodles and bar cookies.
Dinner had an oriental flair, which was my special request. Crystal's family provided three dishes to choose from: A Pad Thai styled noodle medley, rice noodles with shrimp and shitake mushrooms, and a fried rice with crab and lots of vegetables! There were also vegetarian versions. The dishes were served with crunchy noodles. Dessert was oranges and peanut butter stuffed pretzels.
Here and there updates:
Field team: One goal is completely finished with the padding and chains. The other three goals have been built (wood frames).
The drive team spray painted frame pieces in the great colors of red and black.
The programming team is working on the kicker code and has Thunder Plucker back up and running with all plundered pieces returned.
The electrical team has finished drawing some nebulous part for the control box in Inventor. Mike H. just kept calling it "the part," so I'm not actually sure what part it is. Maybe it is the mystery part for the control box. Hmmm.
Quentin brought in his Rolling Thunder Breakaway t-shirt logo design. Mr. Weisbrod happened to be here and was able to provide some suggestions for some design modifications. We will see the final versions on Tuesday.
The Mechanical team spent the day in the meat locker working on Inventor, trying to get the material lists made so we could order parts. It sure seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to get all the design planning done!
Lots of students taking tests today, I sure missed parentor Sharon!
It seems like it was a long weekend and I'm ready to have a night off! See you Tuesday!
Caption Photo#1: SHECCA!
Saturday, January 30. 2010
There is so much going on during the build times now. I think that is the hardest thing to capture in the blog. Students are familiar with the rooms and some of the tasks so that now in addition to the main sub-team groups, there are little pockets of students busy on tasks scattered everywhere. Today was more challenging for me since I was trying to accomplish my own tasks with students as well as pay attention to the team as a whole. I'm not a good multi-tasker. That's actually an understatement. I do not multitask. But I do like routines...
4 oz medium pasta shells
In large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until tender but firm.Drain. Add chopped spinach. In food processor, purée the chick-peas with the rest of the ingredients, except cheese. Stir into drained pasta, mix in cheese and serve. Makes 3 servings.
Thursday, January 28. 2010
Oh My! It is snowing! I am surprised with many students are here considering how bad it is! We are very used to snow here, but this was different, this was white-out snow! Since we have been in the school, the maintenance crew has been snow-blowing the entrances!
Saturday will be a big day for us! A finished design will be in the books! Larry said to make it so!!
Wednesday, January 27. 2010
What we ate for Dinner! Jacob K.'s family provided dinner and it was another great meal! We had pasta in two shapes, with two sauces: a tomato sauce and an Alfredo sauce. We had MEATBALLS! And warm garlic bread! And a deluxe tossed salad with broccoli! The dessert was cookies baked by Jacob himself! Two varieties: chocolate chip and molasses crinkles!
Tuesday, January 26. 2010
You can always tell the it is midterms week by the students energy levels at the team meetings that week. Most of the students have only intermittent tests and no classes this week. They seem to have a frenetic activity about them, like they have been caged at home all day and are anxious to be out and about. And it seemed like everyone was here for a while; the computer lab was packed!
Photo of the Day! (I actually took some cool photos of the team working with the pneumatics and of the programming team with the proto-bot, but in the end it was the school lockers that won. They are sealed for mid-term week.)
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Team 1511 Penfield Robotics
The Thunder just keeps getting louder!
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