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Meeting Date: 
Sat, 11/20/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

LEGO could have made this much easier if they had put each mission into its own bag.

Today we worked hard - getting everything ready for the Granite Bay FLL Qualifying Tournament we are running tomorrow. One of the things that took the longest was building all the mission model sets.

Intel Qualifier

Meeting Date: 
Sun, 11/14/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

Good music is essential for a fun event.

Today we competed at the Intel FTC Qualifier. Although our new hand and autonomous programs were not ready for competition, we were not worried as we have already qualifed for Nor Cal State - and our goal for this event instead was to practice driving, help set up/take down competition fields, help out as needed at the event and help mentor as many other teams as we could.
We had a great time and accomplished all of our goals. Read more »


Meeting Date: 
Sun, 11/07/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

The hand is not as easy as we thought it would be...

Today was the first meeting with all of us back together - and after the Qualifier. We discussed things we needed to do - and our mentor taught us what a Gantt Chart is and how to use it.

At the qualifier, we decided that your current hand works- but is too slow. We really want to come up with an idea that works accurately and fast.

We had a big list of things to accomplish - but ran out of time to complete everything. We got the gear assemblies locked, we replaced set screw on axle collars  and did work on some concepts (and had a lot of discussion) on a new hand. Read more »

Scarifier Tournament

Meeting Date: 
Sun, 10/31/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

A long but great day !!

Al explaining the concept behind our robot to a fellow competitor. Also our robot is shown in PTC on our main computer so that if our robot is away people can still see what our robot can do.


Meeting Date: 
Fri, 10/29/2010
Reflections For This Meeting: 

With everything on, everything just has to be tested, so that everything can be rebuilt to a newer better version.

This was a very short meeting, but we got a bit done.  Al worked in PTC and re-built the wheel base, and Chris worked with me on the hand, getting everything finished up and attached.

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