Wednesday, January 15. 2014
As Build Season quickly rushes by, Rolling Thunder finds itself already at the end of week two. With our robot design nearly completed, our sub teams are currently hard at work in the shops, computer labs, and eating as much food as possible. It seems as though kickoff was yesterday, and yet we are already this far along.
The ball acquisition sub team is currently working on mounting the shooting contraption onto the drive base. That should prove quite an interesting challenge with the square base we are using this year.
Drive train is nearly completed, and will be done by the end of Saturday. (Hopefully). Then, we will begin to build the second drive train that will be used to practice with.
What happened when the blue ship and the red ship crashed into each other? They were marooned! Hahahahahaha!
Programming is currently deciding which program to use to program the robot. (Wow, that’s a lot of programming). We have decided to stick with the original C++ method for the rest of the build season, and tackle Command Base next pre-season.
Mechanical is presently working on the superstructure of the robot, the kicker (to kick the ball) and the ball retainer (To take ball). We’re not quite sure where the shooter goes yet.
Why did the plane crash? The pilot was a loaf of bread! Hahahahaha!
Electrical has designed the control base and are building it in CAD. In Electrical people’s words, “Because it is our tenth year as a team, (Woo!) we will be using components from all of our past nine years’ on this year’s control board!”
Marketing is doing their best to complete the business plan as quickly and efficiently as possible. As it is going now, that could be a while. 😃
Why was the graveyard so noisy? Because of all the coffin! Hahahahaha!
Week two has thrown few complications in our faces, and we are slightly worried that they will all show up at competition.
Why aren’t there any knock knock jokes about freedom? Because freedom rings! Hahahahaha!
As week three draws closer, we reach the realization that we are already halfway through build season. Will we reach the deadline? Well, I hope so. This year has already given me new memories, new friends, and new assorted injuries. But what’s engineering without a little bit of pain? I’m not complaining!
Wish us luck as we embark into the next semester of the season, and we plan on seeing all of you at competition.