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

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.

Northrop Grumman 2018

Our team was invited by Northrop Grumman, one of our sponsors, to the company picnic. We set up some field tiles for kids to drive our robot. We also had a table where we did our signature event Build-A-Bot, where kids can play with our robot parts.

We originally had some worries about kids driving our robot into the wet grass, but everyone was surprisingly good at driving the robot!

One of our team members built a dog as an example with our robot parts, and all of the little kids wanted to copy it. Someone made a motorcycle and we had plenty of caterpillars and hamsters.

Near the end, we presented Northrop Grumman with a special plaque thanking them for being our sponsor.

We were also there with FRC teams 4472 and 5338, and FTC team 8297. We had lots of fun playing with little kids and participating in festival games!

meeting minutes 10/2

We had a great meeting today, I’ve helped with the design of our mascots basic wing mechanics, and today the software team seemed to be successful


Today the software team accomplished quite a bit. Today we figured out the problem with the program named “DogeCV”. Isaac made the NavX code more functionable, more efficient, and more compact. He is currently working on the solution for the program “DogeCV”. Robert fixed his android studio once again. We began thinking of a way to effectively align ourselves. Kian tested all the different sources of codes today.

Build team made a lot of progress today such as finishing on our chassis design and deciding to use a box chassis model that was 3 3/4 tall that has tractor wheels and a 4 wheel tank drive that has sprockets so the chain is moving at a 90 degree angle. We also finished working on the second prototype of the spinning collector, and are preparing for the third and hopefully final design for the collector. We worked on the next boxy and finally we decided on a design to put the spinning collector on the robot with the lift, so it will be able to extend and collect minerals from far away, and then put them in the lander.

Meeting Minutes 9/27

In today’s meeting, software progressed more into the autonomous by working on a flowchart, while also working on finishing DogeCV. Hardware worked on repairing one of the robots, while also prototyping new solutions for this year’s challenges.

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Today Robert worked on the autonomous flow chart, discussing the many possible options for orientation. The software team also made the intake mechanism work. Isaac finished up DogeCV.


Meeting Minutes 9/25

Isaac taught the new people how the NavX worked. Andrew added the lift and the collection mechanism to the hardware map. He also began coding the lift mechanism.
Robert and Kian worked on the autonomous
Jay worked on the autonomous flow diagram

Hardware worked on making a lifting mechanism and making smaller versions of a collection mechanism.

Today, marketing finished the flyers for tomorrow’s outreach event, Back to School Night. We also contacted Flint Hill about the scrimmage, an event we participated in last year.


Today in the hardware team we finished the prototype and decided on the spinning collector. We are now working on the extension of the spinning collector so we can lift the minerals to the lander. We also repaired the boxy and made test chaises.

Today the software team finished the hardware map for boxy and nextgen. It took a lot of tries to get the hardware map for boxy to work, but we got there in the end. Boxy had many mechanical flaws while we were testing it, so that is why it took a while to finish. For nextgen, we were able to get it done quickly, as we had learned from making boxy’s hardware map. After finishing the hardware map, there were some initialization problems with boxy, which took us the best part of the meeting. Finally, we got it to work. Afterwards, getting nextgen to work was just adding support for two more wheels, as we had resolved all the problems.

On the marketing team we spray painted the supports for the poster for back to school night. It took practically the whole meting. It got all of the fronts of the supports painted but it ended up that some of the them were splotchy and were going to have to do another layer. We only got to the back of three of the supports before we ran out of paint.