Today at Cary Academy, we worked on the project and began to strategize what we want our robots to do. On the project, one team was brainstorming a gravity-based rain collector close to those of the ancient Romans. This lead to the discussion of a pH tracker to make sure acid rain was not affecting their water supply. On the other hand, we began mapping out missions and talking through which would be most effective with the time and point value ratios.
Today in engineering, we had new students come to the build space for the first time. We had them go to ten different stations: batteries, CAD, Programming, Chop Saw/ Band Saw, Drill Press / Sander, Electrical / Pneumatics, Marketing / Media, Hand Drill/ Riveting, and Hand Tools/ Supplies. It was a great introduction and all of the students got to see all aspects of our team. Thank you to Dan, Ankit, Sahas, Ivan, Ali, James, Peter, Rahul, Amy, Charvi, Josh, Neel, and Yanis for leading the stations.
Today, we spent the meeting planning stations for the new students to visit on Saturday. We decided stations, length of stations, leads of stations, and importance. We then began setting up the stations so they will be ready in the morning.
We had a great time today with Cary Academy’s FLL team. Today we split up between the two teams and worked on their projects. We focused on identifying problems relating to water instead of solutions. We figured that when we found a unique problem we would have an exceptional solution. Can’t wait to work with them again!!
We had a great fundraising dinner at Tijuana Flats today! Here are some pictures of people having a great time. Welcome to our new members!
Today in engineering, we toured a few new students around the building space, organized the build space, and worked on Veronica.
There were only a few new students today because our first official meeting for new students is next Saturday. However, we toured them around the build space and showed them what we do. They will be allowed to start learning hands-on next week, after their safety training.
We spent a few hours cleaning the build space. From organizing nut and bolts to vacuuming and sweeping our shop, we made sure our build space looked pristine for us to be able to work in a clean and safe environment.
On Veronica, we created the base of the winch, mounted motors, created and mounted shields for the gearbox, and created and installed a pneumatic board shield. We are making great progress on Veronica and are looking forward to the decision day between Veronica and Clockwork on October 7!
Today we met the Cary Academy Cyberstallions for the first time. We had an absolute blast with them and some members from their FRC team 5160! We had our first introductions and got to meet each other. We also helped them research chassis designs, brainstorm and research for their projects, and plan and design a crane for one of their missions. Throughout the session, we showed them the value of planning and strategizing before going into building the robot. This was a great beginning to what is sure to be a great season!
Raw Notes from Business meeting 09/13:
- Going into Imagine Innovation office on Tuesday to present about us for sponsorships
- Invite other companies in the building, later on, no robot demonstration/slides that time
- 4, start at 4:30, Tuesday
- Sameer until 5, Lynn after
- Isabelle, Bhargav, Amy, Ryan, coach, (Ali & Rahul) – makes 4 to 5 people
- They do machine learning, AI
- Expect smart questions
- Natural Instruments Opened – Ryan for programming help
- LabView required for competition robot
- Mentor that teaches Labview
- Makes us unqualified for the NI grant
- NASA Opened
- NASA is mainly for second-year teams
- Extremely difficult to get but we will still apply
- Most detailed grants, all teams will be applying
- Google Ad validation came in and Ali is applying
- We qualify for this grant
- May not get cash money
- PTC Grant for Autodesk & Solidworks
Returning Member signup form – Amy will send me link
- Amy has updated
- Both Email blast and meeting notes
- Celito (check spelling)
- Sponsor teams locally in Raleigh
- Show interest in engineering
- Solar Company Ivanova (check spelling)
- Local company:
- Bhargav in touch with people that added his dad’s solar panels
- Race Car thing is solar power so contact companies because of that
- FOllow up on the RC with Mr. B – Ali
- United Therapeutics grant needs follow up with FIRST
- Davis Drive (2 Seasons)
- CA (continue contacting)
- Task list sent to Bhargav – need to respond and go over tasks
- Angy awards from build space, t-shirts,
- Alumni, what colleges attend and scholarships
- Jason, Alabama full ride
- Oswin NCSU 2k
- Nationwide scholarship provider (?) Facts
- Cash box for at least thirty dollars
- COllect dues, mr.L tomorrow night
- Getting paperwork done during the meeting – 3 hours necessary?
- Write down agenda for meeting – Sameer in charge
- Bhargav making sure that the projector room is open and ready
- Slides and questions last year
- Go over parent meeting powerpoint
- Practice meeting
- Time commitment
Today in engineering, we worked primarily on Veronica.
We began with a quick meeting reviewing what has been done and needs to be done during that meeting. We had finished vision (with a slight memory issue) and the basics of coding. We still had to update the gear mechanism (Ankit), add shields on the drivetrain (Ash and Rahul), create a battery mount (Pooja and Charvi), add two talons in electrical (Ash, Isabelle, and Rahul), create the winch (Ali and Zuha), and install solenoids and cameras.
By the end of the meeting, we had cleaned our build space, made mounts for the new gear mechanism, worked on the beginning of Veronica’s winch, made serious progress on the wire management of Veronica, made and installed the battery mount, and made the gearbox shield.
Today we had a great time during our car wash fundraiser! We raised some serious money to support our team. Thank you to everyone who donated for your generosity!