Hey Robotics ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to a new year! I apologize for posting so late, but I am new this year, and was not exactly sure who is supposed to run this blog. Well anyways, this year is going to be GREAT!! Here is an overview of this year so far...
In September, we kicked off the year with a competition at East Ridge with last years robots. This did not change team standings, but was purely for fun. It was a great chance for people new to robotics (like me!) to get to experience what a real meet is like.
In October, we ordered some West Coast Gearboxes. This will allow the robot to have 2 gears, a higher gear for speed, and a lower gear for torque. They are being assembled as I type this, and are very close to completion.
In November, we worked on various side projects, and improved our robotics skills. We had a special interview with Mr. Stapleton. He works for a John Deere assembly plant in Waterloo, Iowa. He is also the Grandfather of one of our team members. To see a full interview, the video is posted on the front page of the website.
Today is the last meeting until December. We decided to compete this year up in Duluth, on March 7th. Build season starts on January 6th. There are countdowns for both these events under the Schedule/Events page. People are settling comfortably into their interest areas, and we are excited to start work on this years robot!
Until next time!
Holy Cow, it has been a crazy last couple of weeks, hence the absence of a blog post.
Since we last posted we took the three robots we built in our subgroups and narrowed it down to one robot we wanted to go with. We decided to go with Tate's team's robot, a robot with a rhino track chassis, a small hopper for balls, a gear slot on the back, a bulldozer esque pneumatic bucket and a winch system for climbing on the top.
All three subgroups started the year with a strong focus on balls and ball storage, and plans utilising the gear were small or nonexistent. After reevaluating the game, scoring system, official rules and our robots in general we decided to focus more on the gear. We decided to remove the gear slot on the rear of our robot (which we found out was not within the rules due to space constraints) and swap out the bulldozer bucket along with our whole pneumatic system for a more effective and simplistic gear mount.
In the final week of build season, we picked a t-shirt design, modified our winch and bumper brackets to comply with the rules and completed some well needed cable management on our electronics system. During the final two days we ran through the inspection checklist, created documentation for how to robot works, and took measurements to document parts we created for future reference.
In the final hours of stop build day, for the first time in three years, we were able to thoroughly test all components of our robot with multiple drivers. We got a chance to plan strategies and learn how our robot will perform before we hit the field at Mariucci Arena in April!
We had a fantastic build season. In the coming weeks we will be working hard on fundraising, the design of our pit and giving the robotics room a good cleaning after the huge mess we made.
February 2nd, 2017
25 people attended this meeting
More progress was made on the prototypes today.
Tate's team got the robot to lift off the ground successfully (video coming soon)!
Jake's team worked on their energy-sucking up mechanism.
Jackson did a significant portion of team T-shirt design and chairman's award work.
Our next big meeting is Saturday, February 4.
January 31, 2017
25 people attended this meeting.
Hello again! It has been a few weeks since we posted, the world of 3691 Robotics has been crazy with the build season, semester finals, etc! We are pleased to announce that the build season is going smoothly. On February 7, we will officially be ending our prototyping portion of the season. We will analyze the progress of the three subgroups, and decide on what strategies and ideas we want to pursue. This includes any designs and robot choices (such as what type of wheels). We will begin polishing our final robot and will create a "shadow robot" clone of our final to practice with while our main one sits in the bag until April.
If you would like to follow our updates and progress more in depth, check out our Twitter: @Roboraiders3691 or our Facebook: Northfield Robotics. We post there more often than here.
Again, we essentially meet every day now, but our next major meeting is Thursday, February 2nd. Hope to see you there!
--Written by Jackson Hillmann
From super safe pancake flipping to prototyping to electrical, our sub-groups have been working hard on their robots.
This post summarizes our busy kickoff weekend!
January 6, 2017
Approximately 10 people showed up to our Friday night showing of "The Bee Movie" in the High School auditorium. Thanks to those who came!
January 7-8, 2017 -- KICKOFF WEEKEND!
An exciting first day of the season for Team 3691. After learning the game and receiving the kit of parts, we split into our subgroups and got right to work.
Because we now meet every day, our posts may be weekly or every few days.
WOW! We learned today that the Safety Animation created by Christian, Jackson and Logan received FIRST PLACE! Our team will receive a trophy at the competition in April and our video will be played at every FRC competition across the country this year! Great job guys!
January 3rd, 2017
31 people attended this meeting.
Today we split into three main groups that will each produce a prototype robot during the upcoming build season. The three groups are led by Tate, Jake and Matt.
We may meet Friday night, January 6 for a movie, stay posted for that.
Otherwise, we meet at 9:15 am on Saturday, January 7th for kickoff!
Written by Jackson Hillmann
December 20, 2016
30 people attended this meeting.
In our final meeting of 2016, the subgroups put the finishing touches on their robots and got programming going. Jackson and Haakon interviewed a ton of team members for the website's member bios page, which is almost ready to go live. We are extremely excited for our next meeting: the day the 2017 game is revealed! We may actually have another meeting before then though, so stay posted.
Stay posted for our next meeting time and place.
--Written by Jackson Hillmann
December 13, 2016
31 people attended this meeting.
With only two more meetings until the build season begins, the rookie teams were scrambling to finish their preseason robots. The meeting started with a presentation by Mr. Taggart on scholarship opportunities for seniors, followed by a presentation from Ivan about the successful meeting with a potential sponsor last night. The Safety Animation was shown to the team. Tate took each rookie group aside at some point during the day and did a demo on electrical wiring.
Our final meeting of 2016 will be next week, December 20th.
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