Today Ishrant and I had the pleasure of going to Credit Suisse and participate in the annual Robot Rumble event. This is a fundraising event where multiple companies get together over a single day to build FLL robots and compete with them. These companies send their own employees to compete and have high school mentors (like ourselves) help them out. Both of our teams did well and we had a blast! It was definitely an eye-opening experience to try to help others without doing the work for them. We will be excited to participate again next year!
The Mavericks started to mount their new clamping system, mounted pistons to their lifting mechanism, and worked on pneumatics. A few of their members also worked on Clockwork’s shooter with some of their spare time.
The mentors attached their sled to their arm.
The Panthers repaired their elevator, worked with some broken chain, worked on pneumatics, and began mounting different elements of their mechanism to their robot.
3rd Pick came up with another new idea for their mechanism design due to a lack of time. They began a snow plow design which was worked on by the majority of the team. Their programmers read over Java tutorials.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have sacrificed for our nation.
The marketing team worked on the Shell grant, buttons, and other scholarships.
The Mavericks mounted pistons their box intake, worked on their linear bearing lift mechanism, Redid their intake mechanism, built clamps for their robot, and changed lift motors to make it more efficient.
The mentors worked on the bearings for their lift mechanism, their design, and worked on their elevator.
The Panthers worked on how to drive the robot forward using a gyro, fixed a broken chain on their drivetrain, mounted a box storage unit to their robot, leveled out gearboxes, and switched their elevator to nylon to make it more smooth.
3rd Pick began their elevator and intake mechanisms, organized their electrical board, mounted pneumatics, and worked on programming autonomous. Through various means of troubleshooting, they figured out that their PDP was fried and that they needed a new one. They spent the remainder of the meeting going over parts of a robot.
The Mavericks fixed their drivetrain, made their linear elevator fully functional, and added support to their mechanism to hold more boxes. One of their members also helped test out some printers for the team.
The mentors continued to work on their pneumatic claw.
The Panthers worked on their lift mechanism and built their electrical board. Some of their programmers also worked on learning new code.
3rd Pick finished their wiring and worked on attaching their air compressor. They worked on their arm mount and other aspects of their mechanism. They also began programming for the autonomous portion of the competition.
The Mavericks built their battery box, finished their linear elevator which required them to work through some problems with the bearing hitting aluminum, and worked on a wooden intake mechanism. After that, they tested their mechanism and worked on the programming that would move their robot forward. They then had one of their veteran members help other teams with electrical setup. Their plan for Wednesday is to work on load-bearing issues and drivetrain issues.
The Panthers worked on their drivetrain, gearboxes, and wheels. They began work on assembling their elevator and wiring their compressor. Once handing their robot over to their programmers, they had a program made to drive their robot straight using a gyro and were able to begin testing it.
3rd Pick began by drawing up designs for their mechanism and then starting building parts of it. They also worked on their drivetrain, electrical, and pneumatic system. Their programmers coded their subsystem and learned how to use a PIDSubsystem in Java.
The mentors began planning out their claw mechanism.
The marketing team worked on the Shell grant, learn how to work the button maker, got plans for new designs, encouraged members to read emails, and explained the computer drive to the team.
THOR AT MILLBROOK
On October 28, we attended THOR Thundering Herd of Robots) – a North Carolina offseason event. In this event, we competed against teams from all around the state along with a few rookie teams and teams from out of state. We went through qualifying with a 4-2 record, placing us as the eighth seed going into alliance selections. We were then the first pick of the second alliance putting us in an alliance with 1533 and 3459. We won our quarterfinals with flying colors against the seventh alliance. Unfortunately, our run came to an end sooner than expected with two losses and a win in the semifinal round. It was a great run!
- Used to change the states of the robot. (teleop to auto for instance)
- It shows information such as the robot’s current battery voltage.
- Using the console to determine errors in code.
RoboRIO Web Dashboard
- All the tabs on the dashboard and what they do.
- Assigning the IDs of the Talons on the robot in order to access them in code.
- Creating a new robot program.
- Making a RobotDrive object and adding the drivetrain talons in order to control the motors.
- Xbox controller thumbstick and button inputs
- Using the controller to control the RobotDrive object during teleop mode