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Meeting Date: 
Fri, 04/22/2011
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The Auto programs are doing great

When a wire burns out it is a HUGE pain to fix

We are relatively lucky with how easy it was to fix the burnt out wire/servo

 Today was primarily spent working on programs and fixing some of the older ones. When placing the robot in starting position we saw some smoke coming from the robot. Upon closer inspection and the removal of batteries we found a servo wire had heated up and melted. Replacing it we found we had shorted it.


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 04/10/2011
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Our new hand idea may just be epic!

Today we worked on build the hand and testing all of the variations that can be used for the high scoring auto program or the quicker dump during the driver controlled period.  Al placed all of the parts on the hand on CAD and I put the parts on the hand.  The new hand is going to be able to dump batons with more precision and more quickly than before.  Chris worked on replacing shafts on the robot and placing new chain on the chassis.  Karl and Chris also rewired the motors to allow for increased movement.  Al and I then tested the new launcher and it worked w Read more »


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 03/27/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

Blue tape is very useful for bending plastic

We have done ALOT of PR stuff

The new hand is amazing

Today the team had a breif PR meeting, opened up the package from the laser printing company, bent the hand, bent components for the hand, fixed the gear boxes, and built a stand for Alice so that it could stance in and out without Chris having to hold it. A full day with a lot acomplished!

The to-do list for upcoming meetings


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 03/13/2011
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Saturday is going to be alot of fun.

We rebuilt the White Rabbit completely. This time going for a lowered chassis. 

Working on reprogramming the speed bot for the driving challenge.


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 02/27/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

The exact turning and baton pusher are going to be very helpful during the game.

This meeting we did several things.

- We built the driving challenge field and tested the White Rabbit on it - it worked OK, nut we need to make it more stable.

- We decided to put a baton bulldozer blade on the front of Alice so she can push batons into our one point goal. Of course we only need to do that when we're stanced down.

- We added the gyro sensor for turns, so we started programming that into the autonomous. Read more »

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