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We had our first organizing meeting of robotics club today and it was an amazing success.  The students not only organized themselves into sub-teams, they also discussed strategy,  design and the ordering of some more parts.

L&E was represented by Bobby (shown at the far left of the picture) who will be participating in the chassis construction team.  The full roster of teams are:

  • Team Website: Josh Grey, Spencer Albin, Tucker Sneed
  • Team CAD: Brian Wang, Tucker Sneed, Kristen Kim
  • Team Software: Kelly, Gabe Neumann, Matthew Hewitt, Daniel Assumpcao, Back Street Boy (Jason Carroll) 
  • Manufacturing Teams
    • Chassis/Drive Train: Bobby Gillman, Braxton Eidam, Evan Kline
    • Electrical/Pneumatic: Andrew Klimentyev, Josh Yan, Daniel Assumpcao, Sam Reinhart
    • Defense/Security/Block: Braxton Eidam, Josh Yan
    • Roller/Pick-up: Jared Nakahara, Jason Carroll

In addition there was heated discussion about the overall design of the robot.  It was quickly decided that our robot would not put anything in the air and would focus on blocking the opposing team’s scores and achieving points by pushing the ball into one of the corner goals.

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The basic plan calls for lowering a cross-bar over the ball and then activating a couple of motor-driven wheels at the top of a cross bar long enough to lift the ball off the floor.

The cross-bar would pivot from the center of the robot in order to allow it to capture balls from the back or the front of the robot.

There was a lot of discussion about having 8 or 6 wheels and which should be powered.  The club decided that there should be 6 wheels for better traction when blocking opponents and that they should only be 4″ to allow as much room as possible in the robot’s chassis.

The Kit of Parts (KoP) should be arriving soon and we can begin actual construction.

Want to know more:

http://curriculum.vexrobotics.com/curriculum/drivetrain-design/friction-and-traction

http://www.vexrobotics.com/omni-wheels.html

http://firstvideoarchive.com/2009Archive/index.php?dir=Championship_Archimedies/

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/technical-resources

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