Outreach: McKinley FLL Tournament 11/10/18

Part of our team volunteered at a regional FLL tournament hosted by McKinley High School. One of our members’ brothers is on one of the competing teams, the Master Builders. Every year, teams are challenged to build a robot out of Lego pieces to complete missions on a mat as well as create a solution to one of the challenges presented in the manual. This is a great learning experience and way for kids to get interested in robotics. FLL is also many kid’s first experience with FIRST.


Orange County AAR

An AAR is something we like to do after each competition. AAR stands for After Action Review. in our AARs we list three bad things that we did and three good things we did.

  •  Isaac
    • Bad
      • Software was incomplete
      • Once lift was implemented the sampling was inconsistent
      • Issues with app; did not interfere with us on field
    • good
      • worked well under pressure
      • Communicated well with other teams
      • Got Award
  • Troy
    • Bad
      • Did not finish robot quickly enough
      • another team distracted key members while judges were at our table
      • members weren’t 100% attentive the whole time
    • good
      • we got the lift to work
      • We got chosen for a final alliance
      • Software coded efficiently
  • Sonny
    • Bad
      • Could have gone more in depth on certain topics in the engineering notebook
      • Marketing section in the notebook was not great
      • We could have used more sophisticated words
    • good
      • Covered all necessary areas in engineering notebook
      • Covered future goals effectively
      • We got the design award
  • Logan
    • Bad
      • A certain someone needs to work on their listening skills
      • We needed to have more time to debug the robot
      • our outreach section wasn’t very good
    • good
      • Robot turned out OK
      • Judging speech was alright
      • Software came through for us at the competition

20181110 Meeting Minutes

Software spent time fixing problems a number of different problems with two opmodes. They also completed some more designs for the new robot and updated them in the engineering notebook.

  • Isaac updated DogeCV and worked on fixing all the errors in the driving op modes. 
  • Robert worked on a class diagram for the new robot, Alan.
  • Andrew worked on updating the engineering notebook.


Meeting Minutes 11/1/2018

Today the software team fixed relative turn NavX. Isaac also fixed the telemetry log for the autonomous mode. Robert worked on wiring the new bot.

Hardware made a lot of progress today. We finished the assembling of the lift and we also put together the pulley system. We also calculated the weight that the lift can hold, and found that it can hold up to 24 lbs on the opposite side of the robot. Today, our actions brought us one step closer to finishing the robot. Next time we will be attaching the hook and the collector, and then attaching it to the robot. This will allow us to land and reattach to the launcher, as well as score minerals into the lander.

Marketing worked on the notebook today, by writing about the outreach events we participated in this season and creating assignments for the next week. We also wrote an entry on our website and worked on the member profiles.

Meeting Minutes 10/23

Today hardware worked on the lift mechanism drawing. We assembled parts of our lift mechanism, but unfortunately the 3D printed parts broke. We started printing the parts so that they are stronger, and won’t break. We also started working on the electronics.

In software team, Robert and Kian worked on tele-op. They fixed some problems with the hardware map and made BoxyHardwareHandler. Andrew talked with Mr.Simmons about game strategy. Mr.Simmons came up with a cool idea for knocking the mineral off, and Andrew thought of a good way to align oneself based off of the lines. Isaac made a hardware diagram for Boxy and tested its motors.

Marketing Team made plans for the homecoming parade this Friday. We also updated our Instagram, and started creating templates for our engineering notebook.

meeting minutes 10/19

Today the software team did some extensive code optimization and testing. Isaac tested dogeCV, figuring out where the phone should be. Logan created a servo program and saw the servo was very buggy. Andrew created the gamepad handlers for tele-op. He also is tested them and figured out some bugs.

Today, Hardware worked on the lift. the lift mount is secure and we added the turning mechanism, next time we will work on adding the lift part, as well as designing the slide. We also worked on the electronic component, and we built the plexiglass and drilled holes so we can attach it easily, and the software team told us where we need to put the phone. Next time we will work on sketching out the electronic components, and the lift mechanism.

meeting minutes 10/13

The marketing team came up with a long term plan for things they want to accomplish. They also made a brochure that the team can give to students interested in joining the team.

The software converted the turn method in BoxyHardwareMap to four-wheel drive,started work on the autonomous state machine, and determined how we would align ourselves with DogeCV and NavX. They also discussed how we would utilize DogeCV and thought about its position on the bot.

The build team started to put robot designs into CAD, made an idle dropper, worked on the chassis and lift, finish the chassis on the CAD design.


Meeting Minutes 10/9

Today the hardware team worked on the re-design and maintenance of the software bot, Box-A. The software team worked on creating a diagram that will be the basis of the code organization this year.

Hardware team came to the conclusion that our robot should have four-wheel drive, and began to implement this on Box-A. New parts arrived in the mail today, so we are now able to work more with the 10mm maker beam. More arts are in the mail, including parts that allow us to use 15mm maker beam and our wheels. We had to start disassembling BoxA due to a piece inside not being attached properly.

The software team fixed almost everyone’s compiler issues today! Hooray! We also created a class diagram, and looked at DogeCV and NavX.

Meeting Minutes 10/6

We had an awesome meeting today. It was the school’s SAT day, so we had to meet at one of our team member’s houses. Hardware team got some great work done, while Software was having compiler issues.

Hardware did work on completing our new  software test robot, BoxA. Also, we did some work on completing our new competition chassis. Also, we started creating a new collector prototype, Collector Three.

Software had some issues today. We were trying to implement our old encoder drive code from last year for autonomous, but everyone except our coach was having compiler problems.

meeting minutes 10/4

Today hardware decided on a final design for our collector and mineral dispenser. Soft ware made gold mineral alignment test for autonomous.

The hardware team finished designing the lift and ball collector, and started working on the third prototype for the ball collector. After that we worked on the final chassis and worked on the measurements for the lift and the ball dumping method, next time we will continue to work on the chassis and continue with the third prototype for the collector.

On software Kian and Isaac worked together to make the Gold Alignment Test. Sadly, Isaac had to leave early, so we were one man down. Also, Robert and Andrew’s Android Studio broke, so that sucked.