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4/23/11

Meeting Date: 
Sat, 04/23/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

A tornado in St. Louis?!!? Really?!?!

Today is our last meeting before we leave for competition.  We spent several days during the week with extra meetings, getting everything we need done.  Today we are almost done, with just some autonomous to finish up, pieces and tools to pack up, and BOM to be finalized.  Once we finished that, we went on to practice driving, with our two teams.  Gavin worked on the autonomous to get the robot across the bridge and grab the doubler baton, and also the autonomous to empty the low rack and shoot all the batons into the one point goal, across the cliff.  We spent some Read more »

4/21/11

Meeting Date: 
Thu, 04/21/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

These paddles are much more fun to build than the ones from last year!

This morning, Gavin, Karl and myself met at the house early and got to work. Mostly we worked on figuring out the spitter paddles. The original plastic ones we had built didn't have enough force to successfully 'spit' the batons up over the cliff. Since we realize the new intake, we don't have to eject them as fast and so we cut it down to one paddle - which gave us more flexibilty on the placement of the paddle. It ended up longer, but shoots the batons further- which is what we wanted. Read more »

2/20/11

Meeting Date: 
Sun, 02/20/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

Driving a robot that goes fast is FUN!

Today we worked mainly on the Driving Challenge bot, and the new hand design in CAD. On the hand we are adding two new options for aligning, and putting a new part on the top which is a wheel that will shoot the batons out of the hand as fast as we get them in the front.  This will allow us to empty the dispensers in autonomous mode quickly, and so we can cycle through until we find a magnetic baton.

2/6/11

Meeting Date: 
Sun, 02/06/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

We finally moved the brain. We've talked about it for over a month and finally had time to do it!

We got a lot done, we moved the brain and secured it in the new position, we made the new plastics for the side top and light coverings, Al wired it all, Gavin made sure the program was up to date with the new wire locations, and Karl and Chris made the plastic.

12/19/10

Meeting Date: 
Sun, 12/19/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

It is amazing how fast we've gotten at rebuilding the legs of the robot. Hopefully, this is the last time before State... but we know better than to say 'it is the last time'.

Today was just the 3 of us at the meeting and we are going to take Karl's idea that he did in CAD and rebuild the legs of the robot. His idea will lower the chassis by an inch and a 1/2 which will then give us a lower center of gravity and should make it easier to get over the mountain. It will also shrink the width of the Alice at widest stance from 26 to 23 inches. That way, we can still go across the bridge when we are stanced.

We have a bunch of soldering to do to finish the prototype board, and hope to get the hand attached. Read more »

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