Sunday, January 9. 2011
For some of us, it was an early morning, and for others it was just another regular day coming into the school. Mentor Larry provided bagels, donuts and coffee this morning to help us get running and we jumped right into Calvin’s presentation about the effective strategies we had come up with the night before. We had a running webcast all day so mentor Kim could join us from Boston! If you would like to watch our progress from today, visit livestream.com/1511. *link is broken* You can catch our team on that broadcast site Tuesdays-Thursday 5pm~9pm or later, and weekends from 10am~9pm or later. After that, the team discussed what we wanted each of the elements should do on the robot. A simplified weight chart was distributed and we had to evaluate which components we liked better than others for each mechanism, it was a long process! After that though we had a wonderful lunch provided by Paul’s family! Yum! Pulled pork! We broke up into our respective groups and began robot design on the components including: drivetrain, arm, manipulator, minibot, and minibot deployment. This took us from approximately 2pm to 5pm. Finally when most groups completed their five designs, each group presented and questions were asked! We broke for dinner which were leftovers from last night and quickly reconvened to hear the rest of the ideas! (Thanks to Kieran’s family!) Viewers from the broadcast also asked questions and commented which helped as well! We thank our viewers! With all the presentations said and done, Larry then distributed the actual weighted objective tables and everyone observed each diagram to score their opinion. Results will be announced at our Tuesday meeting, so we hope to see you then! (See you for REAL!) And hopefully a photo as well!