2015 Season kicked off on Saturday, January 3rd. The team went to WCTC to meet up with other teams for the FIRST game kick-off event.
This year’s challenge RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season. The full game explanation and animation can be found at here.
Week 1: Strategy and Design
After the Saturday morning kick-off the team went back the high school for game strategy with a human walk-through of the game.
During week 1, we had to build a platform robot with the new roborio control board and electric components. We started building out the playing field items that will be needed to test and practice with the robot. The CAD (computer-aided design) team started designing the the robot components before we start building the robot. The programming team loaded new software and test code that will be used during the season.
Week 2 – Design and Prototype
Design work continued, the new electric and hardware components were installed and ran on last year’s chassis. The team was building out the 2015 chassis jig. The fabrication team started cutting and milling chassis components. The team is finishing up on the game field pieces, that will be used to practice with the robot.
Week 3- CAD and Fabrication
Design was continued this week, however physical building took place in the form of finishing the tote chute and the beginning of welding. Milling and cutting of the chassis parts also started this week. In addition to this, the Computer Aided Design team continued working with the lift and tilt mechanisms while the programming team worked on installing the camera. The team also worked in gearbox design and worked out the math concerning the strategy.
Week 4 – Fabrication
Week 5 – Wiring and Assembly
Week 6 – Final Assembly and Testing
Feb 17th – Bag Day