After watching the first PNW district event, we saw that team 1983 Skunkworks had a remarkably similar robot to ours with a very different strategy. We opted to change a couple things on our practice bot and use our 6 hours out of bag to move our mods over.
Finally, the infamous Bag and Tag has arrived! We made some really good progress, and thankfully, we managed to finish the robot on time. Here’s a video of our 2015 robot, Eric, in action:
Most boxes stacked – 4
Final weight – About 110 lbs
Height – 77 in
Width – 41 1/4 in
Length – 28 1/4 in
Autonomous program – Goes forward in to Auto Zone
Teleop play style – Straight to the landfill, collect and top-stack 4 boxes, grab a garbage can, get a pool noodle from the loading zone, and stick it on top.
With less than two weeks to bag and tag, we’re moving the countdown back up to the top.
FIRST off, we’re going to move these updates to once a week as we approach bag and tag. Second, we’ve added a link to the meal schedule in the “Get Involved” section of the website. We expect to add some days as we start to meet more often.
We’ve made great progress on the robot. The base for the lifting mechanism is in place with our 3D-Printed rollers. Here are a couple of pictures of the students working on the robot.
We also took apart more of last year’s robot and reassembled with new electronics so we can practice driving.
Taking advantage of our day off school, we got a bunch done. We added Molex connectors to the CAN cables on our motor controllers. We added another control board to the back of the robot and drilled many holes. As a result, we were able to get all of our electronics mounted.
Today was a very eventful day for both the hardware and the software teams. On the software team end of things, we dealt with some electronics issues. We made sure there was a difference between power connections (red and black wires) and motor connections (white and green) so we don’t ruin expensive things like last year:
The hardware team was successful as well. We began to add chains to the wheels, as well as placing a control board on the bottom. In this photo, we see our alumni-turned-mentor Lucas being distracted by the camera.
What we did today:
-Figured out how to mount our mecanum drive train so our plans for a forklift don’t run out of space.
-Started taking apart our robot from last year so it can be ready to disassemble after the basketball halftime show on Friday.
Greetings, all! Sorry I missed the software meeting I called on Tuesday… Anyway, this is basically the meeting. Please comment if you have any questions. This year, I want to try something new for the software team. Instead of having one programmer on one laptop at school (me), I’m going to assign each member of the software team be in charge of a part of the project. In order to successfully do this, I’m going to need you all to install LabVIEW, the NI Update Suite for 2015, and GitHub. If you aren’t running Windows, you’ll need to install Git command line instead. Both NI and GitHub require you to create an account. Once you have installed LabVIEW and GitHub, shoot me an email so I can get you the license key for LabVIEW and invite you to Stealth on GitHub.
The meal schedule for the builds can be found here. We often go quite late, and high schools students tend to get hungry. We usually eat about 5:30. If you want to bring us dinner, we would greatly appreciate it!