February 14, 2018 e-News
2018 Build Season - Week 5

This year's game challenge requires that robot pick up cubes and put them on "switches" and "scales." Teams earn points for each second they have control of the switches and scales. During the end game, robots can climb a wall to earn even more points.

Our team spent the first few days working on a strategies to for our robot design: Our goals are for Robot to be able to:
  • score at least two layers of cubes on the scale.
  • pick up cubes from the ground in any orientation, and should be able to receive cubes from the Portal/Exchange
  • climb the wall and provide a platform for other robots
  • quickly score cubes onto the Switch from either side during autonomous operation
To reach these goals, the sub teams have been working diligently. Here is what they have accomplished: 

CAD is working on the sub assembly systems for the lift and flipper gripper.

Electrical has created the electrical board and has mounted electronics to said board. They have completely wired both the lift and drive train. They are beginning to work on the pneumatic components of the robot. 

Programming has turned the pseudo code into lab view code. They are working on optimizing their understanding of the lift, centering arms, and the flipper gripper so that they can automate the cube pickup better. 

Media has given a presentation to one of our sponsors, Bergstrom. They are working on flyers for the open house, and on updating our team's digital footprint. 

Mechanical  succeeded in mounting the turret to the lift system by Feb 6th, and then added more supports to the robot. They have also increased the gearing on the robot to make the flipper gripper faster. They plan to mount the flipper gripper to the lift by Tuesday, February 13th. 




Open House

Everyone interested in attending (whether that be sponsors, mentors, or students), are invited to come experience our build site at our Open House on  Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Where? At the'Bot Shop at Superior Joining Technologies
  1260 Turret Drive, Machesney Park

Week 5 Video


"You start me up."-Robot

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