2019 Blog Posts

Week 2:

Public Relations:

  • Worked on Chairman’s skit and essay
  • Updated website
  • Worked on thumbnail for videos
  • Booked charter, hotel and looked at food places for the Arkansas Regional in Little Rock
  • Brainstormed creating a “Beginners Guide to Scouting” for rookie and newer teams

Programming:

  • Arranged and sorted data for the scouting app
  • Worked on motion profiling
  • Planned out buttons and controls – with a possible idea of using custom controllers
  • Researched new programs to run sensor lights

Chassis:

  • Drive rails got machined
  • We had a team parent weld parts of our chassis together
  • Gearboxes assembled

Elevator:

  • Looking at different designs for speed
  • Looking at constant force springs to reduce gearing
  • Modifying bearing blocks to increase height

Hatch Panel:

  • Mocking up final design

Cargo Intake:

  • Tested the integration with the rest of the robot
  • Figuring belts, pulleys, wheels and gearboxes needed

Cargo Scorer:

  • Improved and made adjustments on CAD file
  • Added to prototype
  • Added pneumatics to CAD
  • Prototyped with actuator

Climbing:

  • Cadded brand new prototype that attaches itself to the top of the level and lifts the robot
  • Making rough mechanism with pneumatics
  • Worked with a mentor to create a plan “B” with only pneumatics to lift us up
  • Talking about the possibility of integrating both systems to work together

Week 1:

We are very excited for the 2019 game: Destination Deep Space presented by the Boeing Company.  We started the week off talking mainly strategy.  We had everyone pile into a room while we talked about how to get points, in both qualifications and playoffs and from the scouting perspective, what kind of robots we should look for.   After this, all groups—Public Relations, Build, Programming broke up into smaller groups suggesting ideas for each mechanism.   The rest of the week we went to our sub-groups to start working.

Public Relations:

  • PR set goals for this year, like keeping up the website and creating vlogs
  • Worked on creating a new “Destination: Deep Space” logo for social media
  • Got video for vlogs
  • Edited FIRST Lego League competition video
  • Worked on list of government invites
  • Kahoot — creating a quiz over game rules for Saturday lunch break

Programming:

  • Looked at general things to be programmed: west coast drive train, auto align, control decoder, vision, control hatch and cargo, climb HAB, wrist for cargo, transmission, pneumatic, scouting app and signal lights
  • Looking at Limelight 2.0
  • Started switching program language from Labview to Java, so switched 2018 robot code with Java
  • Researched new Arduino
  • Started development of app to scout with

Chassis:

  • Decided on west coast drive
  • Decided on shifting gearboxes
  • Parts and gearboxes created on Onshape and exported to Inventor – parts are ready to be made

Elevator:

  • Creating elevator stages with bearing blocks
  • Calculated 2 Stages should be enough for the height
  • Cadded

Hatch Panel:

  • Hoping to pick up off the ground
  • Using hook side velcro and pneumatics
  • Prototyped a “U” shape out of cardboard to hit the panel and connect/hold

    Cargo Intake:

    • Tested different types of wheels to grab onto the ball
    • Modified our 2016 robot’s “dragon tail” to prototype
    • Popped a cargo ball
    • Created a passive funnel intake prototype
    • Cadded

    Cargo Scorer:

  • Hoping to move around a fixed point to score forwards and backwards
  • Using a claw mechanism for steady shooting and holding
  • Prototyped claw in cardboard
  • Cadded

Climbing:

  • Worked with our mentor, Quentin, to bounce ideas off of and prototype with
  •  Created rough dimensions of robot to scale prototypes
  • Created scissor lift and 2 bar linkage prototypes
  • Checked geometry of designs in inventor, restricting heights and 30 inches outside frame perimeter