Monday, February 22. 2010
Thunderfoot is in the Crate!
Sunday, February 21. 2010
Saturday, February 20. 2010
Saturday. The Last Saturday.
I left at 3:30 am yesterday. Or is it today? Several students and mentors ended up spending the whole night and crashed on the field on some wrestling mats.
Friday, February 19. 2010
Winter Break, Day 5!
And the excitement builds! Hard work was done to get the field ready to play Breakaway! And there are activities everywhere to get ready for the Rochester Rally. Thanks to Parentor Sharon for being the noon mentor today so the students could arrive and work.
What we had for Dinner! It's pasta night! Thank you to Quentin's family! Baked ziti some with meat and some without! A deluxe tossed salad (cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices make it deluxe), and garlic bread or regular bread. Dessert was iced cookes and iced brownies, some were mint flavored!
Here is the quick report since there is so much to do!
Parentor Val has just about finished the signs, Parentor Sharon was proctoring game tests while managing a crew of button makers. (Another student got a 100% on the game test! Way to go Vaughn!)
Team Leader Larry made a special announcement about our shirts at dinner! Thery are here! Parentor Lee coordinated getting them ready for distribution! Actually there is something else about the shirts that you should know...hmmm.
And look! Mentors-from-afar Kim and Angry Eric are here! They've come from Boston for the Rally weekend! Kim has a huge to-do list waiting for her and Eric had already had a peak at the programming!
And where is the robot? Is it finished? Will it work? When I arrived there was a huge pile of people around it, but it is still sitting on the table. The scoop, it is finished enough that the programmers actually got to run some preliminary code with it. But not finished enough to be finished.
But tonight we have permission to stay here all night! I'm sure I won't make it! But while there is work to do, I'm sure someone will be!
Speaking of work to do! I have some so I'm leaving you with...
The Photo of the Day! And Guess what? Just for fun, there are three photos!
Caption #1 Look at our lovely field! Bring your robot and Come and play!
Caption #2 Thunderfoot! He has wires! And a diligent programmer! And yes it was disabled so it's ok that Mike Mo. has his arm in it.
Caption #3 The AWESOME 2010 Rolling Thunder Breakaway Shirt!
Thursday, February 18. 2010
Winter Break, Day 4!
Parentor Terri and I took the noon shift today. Several students were waiting for us at noon. I love the enthusiasm!
Mentor Tom C. joined us shortly later and got things hopping in the shop.
We ask the students to come after lunch or bring their own lunches, but today we brought back the leftover ziti from dinner last night, reheated it and had enough food for 10-15 people. It didn't go to waste!
The big task for the day, other than finishing the robot (please) was moving the fully set up field from the cafeteria to the gym to get it ready for Rochester Rally!
Parentor Val was back in Rally Sign, sign, sign, sign... mode.
The Woodie Flowers Award essay was submitted by mid afternoon! Once again it was an ugly essay as the entry system took away all of the paragraph formatting.
What we had for Dinner! Today it was Kevin's family's turn to bring dinner. We had "make your own sandwiches" with several types of bread, rolls, meat assortments (turkey, ham, roast beef, bologna), cheese and veggies. It was supplemented with cheese pizza (and some leftover ziti) carrots and celery, pickles, apples and clementines, and brownies for dessert!
Thursday's Safety Talk! Mike H. reviewed what could be found in our team Safety Manual and we did a review of this year's incident reports and discussed root causes and corrective actions. Apparently Mike Mo. has been completing incident reports on a regular basis. Not good.
Parentor Lee reported that the Democrat and Chronicle will be here on Sunday for the Rally, bringing a reporter and a photographer. Time Warner Cable was already scheduled to attend.
Oops! I almost forgot the Integration Meeting notes!
Electrical - board is going on the robot! Added terminals to new batteries. More limit switches have been obtained. Camera mount needs to be reworked.
Controls - sent in revised drawing for top joystick mount. Sliders appear to not work - may need to have a Plan B. Need to decide whether to ship the controls with the robot or not.
Mechanical kicker - mounted sensor for kicker, started on beater bar (will be on tonight). Need to figure out what will "skin" the robot.
Mechanical hanger - need to make collars for tubes, otherwise all set.
Field - field is being moved into gym. Will set it up on Friday for practice and Rally.
Drive-train - waiting on superstructure before making bumpers.
Programming - autonomous mode has been debugged.
Everyone - weight is the big issue. Trim anything unnecessary! Mechanical has been working on weight issues all day. Suggestion: replace Lexan with netting on the superstructure, except over the electrical board (sponsor stickers will go on that piece of Lexan). Put a small strip of thin Lexan around the top of the superstructure, so that Harris and PHS logos can be put on all four sides. An estimate of weight for this strategy must be created tonight, to compare to the weight of Lexan over the entire superstructure.
After dinner and meetings, the rest of the field was moved to the gym.
At exactly 8:08 pm, the welded superstructure arrived! A whole day early! And then about an hour and a half later, a weld on the superstructure broke while they were adjusting it. The welder was called and the part was rushed back to him!
I've been here too long today, so I'm signing off... (it's a pun...)
Photo of the Day! Caption: This way to Rally!
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Team 1511 Penfield Robotics
The Thunder just keeps getting louder!
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