Progress at last.
The team was focused on their respective tasks - almost for the full duration of the meeting. Which was honestly mildly surprising, but as this is only the second time I've observed them work, I can't say anything.
The programmers were working on the autonomous systems for the robot and actually had their prototype (which they built by themselves) driving around the programmer's hub. Headquarters. Whatever you wish to call it. They stole the show that evening, as they stole the mechanics' quarters to display what they had been working on and drawing the attention of everyone.
The mechs were working on the Tote Elevation, Manipulation and Depository System (aka: the elevator and pulley systems). Putting it together, making sure that the pulley worked, etc. It's starting to look like a robot. Good job, mechs!
The team hosted one of the Vex competition, minus the bad weather 15 teams competed. Big thank you to TLC Landscaping for sponsoring our concessions! And to our volunteer judges, you all did a great job! The team even tried its hand at building, programming and competing with a Vex bot. The Vex teams from all across Maine work really hard to build the best solutions for their competition and came up with some really impressive design ideas, these bots might be small but they are mighty!
You can check out the Maine Vex site here: http://maine.vexevents.org/
They're on the elevator to productivity.
Today was spent mostly on working on the elevator for the robot. An elevator that shall elevate the totes into the heavens in hopes to score points.
The programmers learned and tried to figure out the code to cause the elevator to raise and lower, which is considerably more complex than it sounds. And when they weren't doing their assigned programming, they tried to come up with a homing system so the robot could sense "where bottom" was, so it knows when to stop, and know where "neutral" is.
On the mechanical side, they were working on the actual elevator (as shown in the pictures below). They were building the drive train, as well as the guidelines for the elevator. Again, it doesn't sound rather magnificent, but it's a great achievement. We now have an elevator.
The team will be supporting STEM in our state Saturday the by hosting the 17 area Vex Teams as they compete against each other and gain points. The competition will be at Brewer High School, team members will be volunteering as these small bots go head to head. Good luck teams!
Busy Sunday, all hands on deck. Big thanks to mentors and alumni mentors! Good luck this semester.
This is our first year of building a drive train and chassis without a kit of parts, Drew and Paul are busy with Solidworks and the ideas from all parts of the team are flying.