Wednesday, January 29. 2014
This week for Rolling Thunder, the school has demonstrated its extreme confidence and trust in our team. Penfield High School is hosting midterms, which means the team is not allowed in the hallways, classrooms, or anywhere else in the building except for the two technology classrooms and workshops. All the lockers are zip tied, and classrooms hosting exams are off limits.
We have to enter the building in a special way, through a special secret door (that isn’t all that secret), and then walk up a hidden staircase (that isn’t hidden at all). Because our team is restricted to only four rooms total, it’s getting a bit cramped. Upstairs is the silent room. Downstairs is the (semi) loud room.
Because we are not allowed to start work until six, we lose an hour of work time. This means we have to be twice as productive in less time. Hmm. Let’s see how that goes.
All of the subteams are done with CAD design, and have the drawings in the process of being fabricated, or have sent them off to Harris to be created.
Programming is working on the preliminary program designs for the robot to follow. Basic, skeletal structures.
Strategy has completed the play book of autonomous modes, and even decorated the CAD model to show the team what the robot will actually look like. Its looks really cool. All colorful and pretty.
Bumpers are currently being created, and shooter subteam has begun the long haul of creating the mechanism to shoot the ball into the goals.
Though the going is slow, it is still going.
For the first time in almost three years, we’re actually meeting our deadlines! I’m kinda impressed.