Goals: Get a lot of the innovate and teacher of the year award done. Also work on the autonomous and wiring
Things we did/Why we did it: Worked on the innovate award,
Problems: Writers block with teacher of the year. Wiring still has cables popping out
Results: The wiring for motors and excess wires were well done. The innovate award went through numerous revisions. We barely started on teacher of the year however. We redid the elastic on the lift system and dongle
Misc. Notes: We found out that the hhs alumni association donated $500 to our funds for worlds
Future Plans: Work on Vex Awards, Hanging, 27 point autonomous, rewiring the robot
Today was a fairly relaxed day. We split into two group: one to work on awards, the other working on everything to get the autonomous ready.
As a whole, we decided that we would work on the Design award, Innovate Award, Think award, and Teacher of the year award. Of these, we started on the essays for the innovate award and teacher of the year. We awards group split into smaller subgroups to work on the innovate award and teacher of the year. For the innovate group, they decided to focus on the funnels system. The problem with their first draft was that too much emphasis was placed on the autonomous period. Though this is what the system was designed for, it choked out the evolution and tweaks which allow the system to work well. Because of this, in the second revision, a large amount of extraneous autonomous details and rationale were cut. For the teacher of the year group, we tried adapting the woodie flowers award. The problem here is that FIRST experiences were the complete backbone of the essay. The group attempted to keep the structure and swap details with vex, but the essay was not coherent. Because of this, the team had to start fresh.
Meanwhile, the team also worked on wiring and programming for the newest autonomous. The biggest problem with our wiring was that our intake motors kept on getting undone. Because of this, we took UVM’s advice and zipties the connectors together. In addition to this, we applied rubber bands to the motors to prevent the wires close to the motor from getting caught by other robots. While doing this, we noticed that the chain bar mount was loose again, so we applied a pillow block which helps stabilize the system. As the end of the meeting approached, we swapped out the incorrect zip ties on the storage and started building a hanging system.
Goals: Make a lot of progress on the innovate award, prepare for the open house demo
Things we did/Why we did it: We organized and shot footage for the video. We recorded a voice over as well. We tuned some demo bots for the freshmen orientation tomorrow including 7710, and the T-shirt cannon. Repair the funnels. Re-do the wiring
Problems: The funnels were jerky
Results: We have the plan complete for the video. We finished organizing about 30 seconds of the footage, and all of the audio. The demo bots were tuned up. The funnels were repaired
Misc. Notes: Mr. Swaiger, our FRC mentor visited and complimented our robot
Future Plans: Do the demonstration, finish the video, and stabilize the funnels
90% of our efforts were put towards the innovate award. The other 10% was tuning up the demo bots for tomorrow (tightening screws, charging batteries, simple stuff)
Luckily, the team had some time in school to work on the video. We used our JA block to import some of the video files we wanted to use, and make part of video. Though at the time, we didn’t have a definite plan, we knew we wanted to use “the best match in vex so far” video and videos of our robot’s first funnels and second funnels. Using these, we composed half of the video
At the meeting, the team broke up into 2 groups like Monday.
One group focused on rewiring the robot because the encoders popped out, and the second group continued to work on the innovate award. In the first group, the mistake we made was making the wires too tight. Due to this tension, wires popped out of the cortex. This time, we added more extension cables to relieve some tension.
In the second group, we divided into two groups again. One team created a script, while the second team modified the video. In the first group, we developed a basic timeline and added objectives. For example, for the first iteration, we wanted it to last 8 seconds, but mention why the first iteration failed. Using this, we formulated the script of what we had so far. Once the electricians were finished, they joined this group to help with the script. The second group reflected on the video footage we had so far. One of the major problems we had was placing emphasis on our robot in a match of 4 and transitions. To solve this, we flashed a note to get the viewer’s attention, and we sped up and slowed down parts to make transitions more fluid.
Once the electricians joined the programming group, we broaded up the storyline. Our biggest worry was figuring out how to balance the features of the funnels and it’s need. In the end, this was the general storyline
0:15- A brief analysis of the problem at hand, and ends with a question with what our solution was. Speed up “the best vex match so far” to 15 seconds
:18- jump over to the robot and open the funnels with a cool sound effect (wolverine or transformers)
:24- Describe the first iteration
:32- describe the second iteration
:33-50 Describe the small features(close up of encoder, and part of auto, show chain of funnels running, mention braces)
:60- Run the autonomous(sped up if we have to) with our camera angle from the goal
Once the script was finished, the group moved on to recording the audio.
While we were filming the funnels, we noticed that the funnels were very jerky. We then noticed that the gears were missing collars, causing the system to twist and transfer power poorly. We applied a collar to fix the system temporarily, but we realized we need to apply a brace when we have more time.
Goal: Finish up the innovate award video
Things we did/ Why we did it: Charge Batteries, Film, Organize the video, fix the funnel jerking
Problems: Batteries kept on dying, funnel jerking
Results: Objective incomplete; Funnels work again, but the video was not finished
Misc Notes: We did more planning for a garage sale on april 5th. We decided to cancel our relay for life team
Future Plans: Finish up the innovate award video
In the meeting, we split into two groups again.
In our first group, we worked on reorganizing the narration in the video and downloading the background music. The problem however was that there's a lag between the actual audio and the sound waves. Luckily, our video designer said that this is natural with lightworks.
While this was working, the second group worked on filming each scene. While we were completed with each scene, we transferred the file to the next group so they can continue working on the harder stuff. The problem however was that our batteries kept on dying. This sapped a large amount of time of the meeting, and we could not finish the video.
3/26: Filming bloopers...idk...
3/27: IB Freshmen Orientation
Today was the freshmen orientation for IB students. All the clubs throughout the school demonstrated what they do. This year was one of the most successful years with a potential 34 recruits.
At the demo, we demonstrated 3 robots, the vex robot, an ftc robot, and the frisbee shooter. We also showed off our trophies and engineering notebooks
Packing up and cleaning up was also a lot smoother than previous years. This was mainly because we took advantage of our FRC cart, and used large bins.