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Build season blogs 1 and 2
January 9, 2020
Jan 4th Welcome to FIRST 5125 First ever build season blog. We are going to go over what our team is doing everyday when it comes to the robot. Our team created a kick off guide for other frc teams and it talks about what other teams should do and what we do. Every year our team goes to IIT to watch the challenge get revealed and get our kit of parts. We then go to school and watch the video again and ask a bunch of questions that we may have like how big are the power cells, what is the max height of the robot, etc. We then go straight to the game manual and try to answer all the questions that we may have. We think it is very important to ask questions and answer them because when we are designing the robot or talking about strategy we want to know what our team is trying to accomplish. We want to build a robot that does certain task and strategy for competition. After we finished we then listed all the actions that a robot should do during the match. We created a decision matrix and found that we want a robot that intakes power cells from the floor and scores them in the bottom port, as well as spin the control panel.
Jan 5th We worked on creating a bunch of ideas for intaking and outtaking the power cell and we came up with three ideas. We want to have multiple ideas so that way they can get flushed out a bit We are going to spend 1 week on fully creating all the ideas and having every member either working on intake and outake ideas, or working on spinning the control panel. For intake and outtake we wanted all the ideas to try and tackle multiple tasks that any intake should do. We wanted a intake system to be able to hold a ball nice and secure as well as center the ball, with it being constant on the outtake side. We then drew out multiple ideas and then and talked about them as a team. After an hour of discussing the ideas we focused our attention on spinning the control panel. We used the lazy susan that came in the kit of parts and last years hatch panel to simulate the control panel. We all thought that a motor with a wheel attached would be the best idea. We talked about using a motor on the side versus on the top. We didn't really decide yet and instead moved to try all the wheels that we have to see which one works the best. We found that the complaint wheels work the best.