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Meeting Date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

Planning is great, but plan for question time.... Lots of it


Todays meeting introduced me to the new robot that karl and gavin made while I was away. Its got tons of cool concepts im super excited to get started using! The next thing we began disscussing was team events, The yardsale, the kick off, the fair, and regional competion. Later the team discussed our new concept of E-logs, something were going to introduce at the challenge unvailing. It is a free online Engineering notbook for all teams to use! Lastly we discussed stratigies were going introduce to the new teams that will attend our stratigy siminar.


Meeting Date: 
Mon, 08/30/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

Gears are truly an amazing invention.


Using a 12:1 gear ratio when all said and done we are hoping for plenty of power for the stance motors. Although we do plan to double up the motors to have dual gear trains for extra power.


Reflections For This Meeting: 

Compass sensors are SWEET!!!!

People on the street will recognize you if your on the front page of the local paper :).  They might even ask you for an autograph!

Yet another attempt at fixing the ballivator

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Reflections For This Meeting: 

This is getting old... the lifter shouldn't be this hard to make work!

Karl and I rebuilt the lifter again. We moved one of the rotating tubes up and added a floating tube in between. We tried it but the gears stuck on the top. Finally, we pulled out one of the other gears, so now we have 2 sets of driven lifter tubes and one set of floating tubes (in the center)... it seems like it might work this time!

Me almost ready to drill new holes to support the tubes - Karl's getting the safety glasses!


Reflections For This Meeting: 

It gets late fast...

After much driving practice we determined the robot to be too slow. Yesterday we ordered a TON more chain and sprockets and then today converted our drive train from gears that had meshing problems to chain and sprocket. Because of this change we also gained 50 percent more speed.

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