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Week of April 17

posted Apr 17, 2017, 3:37 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 3:37 AM ]

Let's finish up your robots!  Period 1A is making a VEX - Pixy Cam combo.  Period 2A is making a FIRST kit bot.  This is about adaptation and completion, so if you're missing something, figure it out.  THAT'S engineering!  

Neither team needs to worry about software, just the hardware.

Should be finished this week.  This is a group effort, your performance final, but with individual influences on the grades.

Week of April 10

posted Apr 10, 2017, 4:49 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 8:57 AM ]

Link to NOCTI

Link to VEX Motors and Motor Curves.  We will be using this to organize our motors, but also to understand them.  What do the different statistics mean, and what situations would be best for each motor?

We might want to start with this though, to either refresh or review first concepts:

Performance Final?  Build a bot!  Here's the outline/rubric

Week of March 27

posted Mar 26, 2017, 12:44 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 3:37 AM ]

Let's take a break from organizing, and talk about the drive base of the robot, every single part.  We talked about quizzing you on this, now it's time to review.  

Here is a link to the drive base, with documents explaining the setup and parts.  Know the function of EVERY part.

If we know that easily, we will move on to the electronics and computing.  The official Kit of Parts can be found here:

Then, since it's a BABA week, we will "quiz" you on Thursday.

Week of March 13

posted Mar 12, 2017, 2:47 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 2:47 PM ]

We had a great time in Dalton at FRC!  Proud of the hard work by the team to prepare, but even harder work while we were there.

Now, time to organize and review.  This week we will start by cleaning, organizing one last time.  Then, time to understand all about the robot, which will be your next quiz as well.

This week, we will  focus on the "drivetrain and base".  The "Kit of Parts", and all of the parts that make up the frame, the gearbox, motors, etc.  NOT the electronics yet.  We have the "Kit of parts" documents.

After this, we will move onto electronics and computing.

Week of March 6

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:20 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 2:20 AM ]

It's a BABA week.

Monday, have a plan for the robot, especially the BPU.

Tuesday, all hands on your work:  we need to finish the BPU, modify the bucket, add pneumatics properly, fix the gear plopper, complete bumpers.  

Thursday we spend the class period packing up the robot, which we will load up later that day, and then we drive off to Dalton right after school!

Week of Feb. 26

posted Feb 26, 2017, 3:50 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 3:50 AM ]

I will be out Monday and Tuesday, but no reason you can't accomplish something.

Period 1A - the robot NEEDS your ability to finish the BPU.  You don't need the robot to make this happen, you need to make this work.  I did buy some smaller hex shaft, so we can use the shaft made by the White Oak kids.  Some shaft has been sanded by Chris Copeland and Alston to fit the regular shaft, so use the 3/8 hex shaft on the others.  If we need to buy other parts, we can, but connect a motor to a shaft.  The goal is to make the BPU as something that can be quickly installed onto the robot.  A key is to be able to adjust the height, and I would focus on adjusting either the whole thing, or at least the whole roller set (not just the bottom roller).  I should see a demo when I return.  Done this week!

Period 2A - make another kitbot base.  It does NOT have to be the same size as the other robot, it needs to work.  We probably have all of the parts to make it, we don't need bumpers.  Split into teams of electronics and drivetrain, and make this on Monday and Tuesday.  If you work effectively, this is very possible.

The rest of the week:  We are allowed 6 hours to work on the robot starting Thursday.  We will work on it if we have a plan.  Let's make this happen!!  We play on 3/9!!

Week of Feb. 20

posted Feb 19, 2017, 9:01 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 2:35 AM ]

Must be done by Feb. 22, think you can do it?  Also, we want to "show off" to the middle school and elementary school on 2/23 and 2/24.

Things to do:
  • Finish "bucket" - legs need to be moved, too far apart  AND this latest clarification:  https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=155762
  • Bucket "feet" attached
  • "Gate" attached to bucket
  • BPU done - time to make a guess and get it on the robot.  Make measurements of area to continue working.
  • Balance "gear plopper"
  • Red covers for bumpers
  • Decide on going to Albany or not.  
  • Coding for autonomous
Professional mechanics, machinists, engineers, roboticists finish.  Be a pro, finish the job.  At minimum, if there's no product, how can you can an "A"?  At best, you're really proud of what you've done!

Week of Feb. 13

posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:42 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

We are making progress!  The bot moves, we have improved bumpers.  Things to do:

- Finish bumpers
- Program autonomous
- Make the bucket and legs
- Attach the bucket
- Create a "filler station" for balls
- Attach the pneumatic gate to the bucket
- Continue work on the BPU

We have to STOP building on 2/22, that's NEXT WEEK.  We are allowed to bring in up to 20 pounds of robot, and allowed to work 6 hours during the week before each tournament.

In addition, we are allowed to use the robot for any demonstration/show and tell experience, and we'd like to do that at the Middle School on Feb. 23.

Let's do this!!  Your grades come from your accomplishments of your teams!

Week of Feb. 6

posted Feb 5, 2017, 8:02 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

One, Super Bowl was fun, eh?  I'm writing this before the Super Bowl, but I know it will be fun because I like the Patriots AND the Falcons (used to live in Boston).  No lose game for me!

Two, things need to get completed, your grades for the week:

1A - Ball picker upper needs to be a working prototype.  We should have your "ramp" in by Wednesday.  Let's also have a 3D model of it before we build it.  Don't worry about nuts and bolts, worry about where the motor will be placed, etc.

2A - You have the "bucket" and "climber".  The bucket should be built, and ready to insert.  We need to design some plastic foot attachments to hold the bucket, have a cross beam to hold the "gear plopper", and make sure it fits!  The "climber" needs to be a working prototype as well.  This is the device that makes our robot worthy of playoffs.

We have another team working on code, and the gear plopper.

Do we need hours Friday, when school is closed?  Also, be sure to sign up for alerts via our Remind.  Go to the team site:  first.lanierhs.org to sign up.

Week of Jan. 23

posted Jan 26, 2017, 4:10 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 4:10 AM ]

This week we need significant progress on your design for your component.

Ideally, we have a mathematical, CAD plan and as much detail as possible!

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