We started off the season discussing financing and learning about grant writing. Eric's mother talked to us about Grant writing, creating a budget and wishlist. We created a List of 40 potential sponsors, and we broke into groups and researched potential grants from those companies.
9/11 and 9/13
We started to brainstorm and start to prototype ideas for our robot. We decided that having a root that lifts up with another robot to be our top priority. We decided that we would use an expanding chassis and a retractable drive train.
We started prototyping this week. Our team broke up into two groups, one working on the drive train and the other working on the manipulator/lift system. We managed to get a mock-up of one half of the drive train.
The piece with the wheels would attach to the gears like wheels on a train. When the motor spins, the wheels raise up and down.
We also created a rough idea on what our scoop is going to look like. It will be able to pick up 4 blocks at a time.