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.

Meeting Minutes 9/20/18

We had a great meeting today. We are getting into the swing of the season by starting to design and get ready. We also received our field an are beginning to set it up.

Today, the software team completed Body’s hardware map. Isaac added a gitignore which fixed the corrupted file problem. Jay was busy being caught up to speed. Sadly Robert was not able to join us. We updated he phones software and the driver stations software to the latest versions. Andrew and Kian made a wiring diagram for Boxy.

Today, the hardware team worked on strategies for scoring the minerals. We decided to try to score them in the lander, and we came up with two design. A spinner design and a claw design. We then split into teams to make these designs.

A few members went to a book reading to support DECA.

Meeting Summary 9/18/18

Today we got a lot of work done from both hardware and software angles.

Today, the software team worked on teaching the new members github while also inviting them to our snack channel. Isaac got DogeCV to work today, and I started making the hardware map.  The software team also got the new members up to speed on installing software, and gave them a crash course in Git. Isaac added DogeCV to the new repository, the one with the 4.0 version of the Robot Controller App software configured. Everything worked properly, eventually anyway, and Mineral Recognition has been successfully added to the new repository.

Also, marketing team created a poster to recruit new members. We updated a couple pages on our website and discussed upcoming outreach events:
ZANNA Function Book Signing (9/20)
Back to School Night (9/26)
Northrop Grumman Picnic (9/28)


We finished building next gen and boxy. 

Temporary wheels in lieu of Mechanum Wheels

Using another motor as tension for the chain

 And designed for the arm

Long Arm & Box

Claw and Collector

Meeting Minutes 9/15/2018

Hello everyone! Today’s meeting was a huge success for both hardware and software.

Hardware team made some huge progress towards disassembling our old-old robot kBot, repairing our software test robot Boxy. They even finished doing our parts inventory.

Software team started teaching some of our new members interested in software about our software. They also started implementing FTC 4.0 into our git repository, but were met with some resistance, so there is still work to be done on that front. Also, one of our team members has created a program using DogeCV, a library created by another FTC team, to detect a gold mineral.

Meeting Minutes 9/13/2018

We had a great meeting today! We have finally started the season in earnest, and did some great activities for preparing to build the bot. First we did team elections for all four team leads, captain, Software, Hardware, and marketing.

We did a Stu-Bot activity, hardware team started to inventory our parts, and Marketing team fixed some problems with the website. Stu-Bot is a popular activity in FRC, a competition similar to FTC but scaled up to football court size. We scaled down the FTC field 4 times smaller and moved around small LEGO cars to simulate the game. We learned that autonomous will have to account for the small space that both bots will be going to, and roughly how many minerals we can expect to collect. 

Hardware team did some great work on inventory. They got almost half way finished! Some great charts were produced to show what each part was.

Marketing did some great work on the website. Check it out!

Meeting Minutes 09/09/2018

Season Kickoff

We decided to get together for the release of 2018 Rules and Gameplay video. We watched some conspiracy videos about the teaser. Then we tuned into twitch for the release. After the video came out we watched it several more times while writing down some rules and all the possible ways to score points. After we brainstormed and discussed for a little while we watched some competition videos of some of the winning teams for last year so we could get some more ideas.

Meeting Minutes 9/6/2018

Today we continued to welcome new members to the club. We discussed who we are as a team, essentially constructing a mission statement of sorts for the team as a whole. We talked about the FTC Challenge Kickoff that will happen on Saturday. We also set out guidelines for members planning on taking leadership roles in the team for the coming year.

Meeting Minutes 8/30/2018

Today we kicked off the season with our first meeting! We introduced new members, discussed rules and expectations, and watched the 2019 Rover Ruckus teaser video. We also considered plans for recruiting more people and the future of our team. Tomorrow our school will be hosting its annual Block Party, where we will start meeting new students at our school.

Meeting Minutes 4/7/2018

What should be a bright spring morning was instead gray and dusted in snow! Despite the overcast, students still attended on their Saturday off to continue to learn.

Andrew – Looked at cool code to learn from others and devolope my own coding style.

Isaac – Also looked at the code examples from other teams. Helped to set up the repository for next year’s code.

Troy – Worked on fixing the robots from the maker fair.  Repairs are a work in progress.

Kai- Took nice pictures of our robots for a Sponsor Orbital, as well as start organizing sponsorship gifts.

Logan – I did “STUFF AND THINGS” on Github. I found some other teams code on Github and looked at a great state machine.

C Hawks To-Do List

Stuff we need to do to get our robot to work!

  • Hardware

    • No upgrades are planned at the moment
  • Software

    • Autonomous
      • deposit glyph in safe zone with vuforia
      • work out kinks in gem
    • Teleop
      • fix the code so you can move the lift while you move the wheels