Tomorrow, on Wednesday, March 12 at 9:00 AM sharp, Orange Chaos will be loading up our new trailer and heading out to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts with out new friends/competition from Old Town. We're dying to show off our new technological advancement... Natasha! She's got a bigger job than Sasha. Literally. This year, for those who don't yet know, is all about teamwork. Our drivers will have to coordinate with robots from two other teams, not to mention the human players, to get two-feet-wide balls into the goals while avoiding enemy aggression. It's a bit more complicated than shooting disks, but we're ready to go! Wish us luck!
Today Rookie Team 5122 from Old Town High School joined us for time in the gym. The team enjoyed checking out their new robot, practicing passes and pick ups, working with the human player and just having fun. Old Town tried out the new double ball autonomous mode and worked out a few bugs.
We made a few adjustments to Natasha, practiced autonomous mode and the Drive Team had a lot of practice time.
Check out the fun below!
Today a small group of team members and mentors tackled putting a vinyl wrap on our team trailer. HUGE Thank You's to Dale Averill owner of DA1 Design, for designing the wrap and helping with the installation. Warren Kelly, owner of Kelly's Sport Shop in Orrington for allowing us to use his garage. This was a tricky project, but the results look amazing! Thank you everyone for all your hard work!
And a BIG Thank You again to the Air Force, Sargeant Vance, and Master Sergeant Barber for the donation of our trailer.
New this year, FIRST is allowing 6 hours of prep time with our robots prior to competitions. Thursday was our first unbagging before our competition at WPI. To make the best of our time we created a project plan and assigned jobs to team members last Sunday.
Thursday night Shawn reviewed assignments, everyone knew their jobs, and all tools and equipment were ready to go the minute Natasha came out of the bag!
The team made quick work of adjustments to the thrower arm, and with new software uploaded and a bit of debugging, Natasha was ready to go. The thrower was working well, but the bubble of excitement burst after a few throws when the ball punctured and slowly deflated. Duct Tape to the rescue!! See more of our nights adventures below.
CAD Mentor and number painter extraordinaire Dana hard at work! Thank you!