The team is still behind schedule due to a mid-day blizzard that caused us to miss a day (Said day was when I intended to write this update). The storm was dissapointing since the entire team was spending time getting seriously important stuff done up until that point.
The students and mentors are lavishing attention on the robot right now, and while we're not going as fast as we wanted to we should have the robot finished close to on time. The Drive Train and Bumpers are operational and the climber has been added on. Currently we just need to finish and attach the shooter, get motors on the climber, and wire the whole thing up. Then we will have a completed robot!
The control team has all of their needed parts and only needs to assemble and paint their namesake peripheral now.
Programming has finished everything that they can do without a completed robot.
When I went to ask, the students working on Chairman's said that they are making slow but steady progress. I did not bother to get extra details.
First, another congratulations to the Drive Train subteam for finishing the first Drive Train!
In order to work at an accelerated pace, the CAD-related subteams have moved to G4. As such, I am no longer going to ask them about their progress because it's distracting. The Wiki should contain plenty of information on Mechanical's status. Good luck to Mechanical!
Electrical has finished sensor selection and qualified sources have assured me it was very fun.
Programming is working on the code for our new drive train right now.
The 2013 Game Test and 2013 Tools Test are now open! Everyone should start studying! The Tools Test is exactly the same as last year but if it isn't broken you don't fix it.
The control subteam is waiting on their parts to arrive but once they're here they should be able to assemble the controls very at lightning speed.
Marketing is working very hard on seriously important things, such as the business plan and our new team shirts design.
Well, apparently this isn't a supplement, since there is no week 3 recap for this to be a supplement to.
We just want to take a moment to thank the families that provided food for us this week! This was the week for pulled pork and chicken, macaroni salad and chili! Our delicious dinners and lunches were provided by the Wolf (a dinner and a lunch), Dora, Rudy, Mlodzienski, Arguello / Taylor, Mohney, and Brown families.
Thanks to mentors Leann and Carol for bringing in breakfast items!
This was midterms week at school, students came as much as they could while studying for their tests.
Team Hours recorded this week:
Student hours Week 3 - 509.5 hours, Total - 1722. Ciana still has the most returning student hours and Tess still has the most hours as a first year student.
Mentor hours Week 3 - 425, Total - 1393.75. Team Leader Larry has the most hours for the mentors.
Field building update: Pyramid building has been the obsession of a group of students and mentors this weekend. We all learned that trigonometry is important, but it is still really really hard. Right now, pyramid 1 of 2 is sitting upside down in the gym getting the 30 / 60 / 90 inch bars set.
Marketing Subteam has been busy working on jazzing up the business plan and working on the 2013 team logo. They've also started the button making process and the new students are in total disbelief that we will have to make that many buttons for competition.
The drive train is back from the welder and has been painted and assembled. Work has started on drive train 2.
The controls group is planning on carrying the controls in a backpack contraption. They were waiting for the driveteam to be announced before making the final controls decisions so the students using the controls could give the input into what they wanted.
Parts for the climber are starting to be made in our shop and at Harris. Final sensors determination is being made. An assortment of pretty wheels has arrived to test for the shooter.
We held interviews for the Chairman's presenters and have selected the presenting team. The students who volunteered to work on the essay are hoping that the "divide and conquer" method works for the various sections of the essay.
Other team activities - Team Leader Larry was sick on Tuesday and Wednesday and he missed it when Penfield's new Superintendent, Dr. Grimm, visited on Tuesday. Dr. Grimm was given the grand tour and got to see the team in action during an integration meeting, programming, building, etc. Team Leader Larry got better gave a mentor training session on Saturday.
As Week 3 of Build Season is coming to a close we would like to say some of the important things that have happend:
Shooter: He shoots, he scores!! The Shooter subteam is finalizing details for storage and shooter in CAD. They are also designing a lifting mechanism using a lead screw that will allow the shooter storage unit to be lowered to as low as 20 degrees for shooting and be raised to vertical again so that the robot is legal for climbing.
Climber: Let's climb this pyramid!! The Climber subteam is designing a release/restraining mechanism for long arms and short arms. They are also designing a black arm pivot and designing a cross member with a leg guide for red arms and black arms.
Drivetrain: We're getting ready to roll!!The Drivetrain subteam has finished fabricating all parts for the drive base and sent them out to be fabricated. They are also working on a second chassis for a back-up robot.
Controls: Let's make sure we can drive this robot!! The Control subteam is finalizing their design for the control board.
Marketing: Well we have to make sure people know who we are right?? The Marketing subteam is currently finalizing the business plan and summary. They are also in the progress of making Personal Recognition Awards after their acceptance to pass them out at the Finger Lakes Regional.
Welcome to the blog of Rolling Thunder, FIRST Robotics team 1511. The team is from Penfield High School in Penfield, New York and mainly sponsored by Harris Corp. To find out more about the team and FIRST, please visit the Who We Are page.