February 5, 2018 e-News
2018 Build Season - Week 4

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 has provided a rendering of the robot, and are continuing to work on the design of the intake system.

Electrical has started planning the layout of the electrical board, and has made the brackets to mount the electrical board to the robot. 

Programming have been writing the pseudo code for the logic system for encoders to be used during autonomous. 

Media worked on the outreach flyer, has chosen both the supplier and design for the team T-shirts, and has almost finished the brochure. During the week they gave presented to both Woodward and UTC Aerospace systems, and are currently working on the flyer for open house. Coming up this next week they will give a presentation to one of out sponsors, Bergstrom. 

Mechanical The frame has been welded, the turret has been made, finished the flipper gripper, and has been well fed by Melonie and Brock Heckel (because, as you know, you can't build the best robot ever on an empty stomach. The barbecue was very good, and the brownies were great!). The plan is to mount the turret and flipper gripper to the lift season by Feb 6th. 

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 4 Video

Best Week Yet!
Best Week Yet!

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