Wow…today was awesome. We broke down our portable field to bring to First night in Boston, and left at around 10:30 in the morning. Surprisingly no one got lost on the way to the Hynes convention center in Boston. We arrived at the convention center, then had to wait around for the loading dock to open to bring in our minivan filed with FTC field parts. The team members went ahead through the main entrance to meet the parents at the loading dock, only to find that it would take us going through nine different people to even get permission to go to the loading dock (we would especially like to thank Team #1 Unlimited’s mentor for helping us get our field). We then set up the field with two other teams; Team Unlimited from Sharon, and Team Weather from Stow. Once the field was setup, it took us another good hour to get the samantha module’s up and running with our router (we’ll post a tutorial about the module at the end of the season for next year rookie teams).
Once we got the modules up and running, we were finally able to have a “scrimmage” for the first time! It’s pretty invigorating trying to control a robot while there are two other robots driving around a 12’x12′ field. After some time of playing around with the wireless driving, we finally decided to actually test our robot out. We were able to easily balance on the bridge, even with another robot, and we were actually able to get batons out of the dispenser without our alignment program running! We were also able to dispence the batons into the flat goals, and we are very close to dispencing into the rolling goals. During our next meeting we’re going to work on a autonomous program that will be able to dispense from any goal, and a program that will find the goals for us during the driven period to make sure that we are aligned properly. There will hopefully be videos posted on our youtube channel tomorrow after our meeting showing how our programs work for the alignment. Good luck building!
T-minus 2 weeks!
Today in FTC Robotics we split into groups. I was in Israel for the first three months of the school year and have just joined the team this week. It is very exciting but I have a lot to learn. Today I was brainstorming ideas for our logo but hopefully soon I will have learned enough to significatly contribute to things that have more to do with the robot itself. Today for the first time, we got to use a computer that our school is lending us. We had fun programming some of our fingerprints into the computer as a way to login. Some people spent more time playing around with and getting comfortable driving the robot. I saw that someone had also built batons and a baton holder that we can use to test out the robot as it is constructed to complete more tasks. It has been a bit difficult with our coach in Israel. We communicate each class via skype which is helpful. We still have lots to do and are pretty good at getting it done. But still, it is harder to get instructions and advice through a computer than through a person. Everyone has been great in helping to get me caught up. When I know more about how everything works then I will be able to explain more of what other people were working on. I know that Chaney spent the class getting more comfortable with programming.
Our new robot is coming along well. The design for the arm isn’t working to well, but by watching a video of the robot frame by frame, we were able to see what was wrong with out arm. Since we live a a 3D world, the batons were using the treads as a fulcrum in the Z axis to tilt and fall off of the arm. We only assumed that the batons would tilt in the Y axis (using our paddle as the fulcrum), but we were wrong. This is something that we will fix very soon, and we will upload a video with the fix.
On another note, our team was invited to First Night in Boston on December 31st. We’re hoping to have a robot done by then, since our competition is coming up very soon. Vacation will help us a lot, giving us a lot of time to work. Check out our youtube channel over the next two weeks when our robot will hopefully be finished!
Just wanted to give a shoot out to our parents that helped to finish the board by painting it, while we worked on our robot. They finished up the board for a scrimmage that we are hoping to have in the future (maybe after vacation??) once we finish our own robot. Which…by the way…is coming along really well :). Check out the post before this to see our robot working!