Karl's blog


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 04/17/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

Got a lot done!

 Today is one week and counting until we go to World in St. Louis. We have a lot of different jobs to do, and after discussing what was needed (and writing it on the whiteboard) - we each started to work on the tasks at hand.

One of the things we are most excited about is putting some sound into our robot box. This has been a dream we've had for awhile. Ever since we first went to Worlds, 3 years ago as FLL Lego Guards-Power Puzzle - and saw this awesome FRC team's robot cart with an incredible sound system. Read more »


Meeting Date: 
Sat, 04/16/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

When in doubt, heat it up and force it on.

Today was the first of the many extra meeting to come in the week before the World Festival. Primary goals were to get the hand done and ready for mounting and use. With that in mind Chris and I started early in the morning to begin the detail oriented work on the hand. Taking a break half way though to work on the chassis a little bit, deciding some of the wiring would best be handled by Al, who would come over the next day. Read more »


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 03/20/2011
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Cutting details in PETG is very hard to do with a bandsaw, looks like we might have to spend some money and send off the CAD of the hand and it get laser cut.

Today we worked on the script, the hand, and some easy demo bots. Overall it was a very productive meeting and all tasks were completed early. Unfortunately the detail cuts of the hand didn't come out as good as we wanted, so we have to spend the $50 to get two pieces laser cut.  We'll order them and they should be here by next meeting.



Meeting Date: 
Sat, 03/05/2011
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 It takes forever to write 5 minutes worth of speech!

Today the team spent the entire meeting building the STEMposium presentation. We were hoping that we'd be able to select the presenter by the end of the meeting, but that didn't happen.  Al and Gavin did get a rough draft of the speech done, and Chris and Karl found graphics for use in the multimedia presentation. 

We all (except Karl, who doesn't want to) tried reading the script to see who sounds best so far, and after the first run, it was between Chris and Gavin. Read more »


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 01/30/2011
Reflections For This Meeting: 

We are very happy that Alice fits into the Pelican case.

 Today we first created a list of things that have to be done in the near future - some of which we know we have to finish today because they are due tomorrow (STEMposium video editing).
We also have decided to put an article onto the Stanceworks forum (along with create a video of Alice stancing) - to show off what our robot can do and get some of their sponsors and engineers aware of FTC. Read more »

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