Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 9: 1st Boot Camp Build Day

Sorry for the delayed post, we had a long weekend.

Yesterday we opened our lab to 6 other local teams so they could collaborate with us as we all worked on our robots.

We had four rookies teams with us 5416 from Katy Taylor, 5427 from Katy Tompkins, 5566 from Sugarland, & 5769 from Santa Fe High School. It was great to see these young teams just getting into FRC. We helped them learn the ropes and put together their AndyMark AM14U2 drive trains. We also did an electronics demonstrations and guided them through the new control system. We'll be holding another collaborative build session on Sunday Feb 1st.

One thing we concentrated on was our lift and end effector.  We attached the pneumatics to our prototype for testing and should have some of the new active features ready to be tested this week. We're a little behind in CAD this year, there are a lot of design decisions to be made since there are so few constraints this year. It's much harder to choose a chassis size when you have close to unlimited options. Every little decision we make now will have ramifications later on in build season.

- Spectrum

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin

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