Members began the week by working on code for the intake, wrist, and claw systems. The intake system contains spinning rollers that allow the operator to take in game pieces while the claw simultaneously manipulates these pieces to score. By moving the claw up and down, the wrist apparatus acts as a bridge between these two systems, allowing the robot to score quickly and efficiently.
Members continued testing the mechanism while integrating it with the other subsystems in preparation for the Week 0 Event at the end of the week.
Over the final week of Build Season, members of the intake subgroup conducted preliminary tests of durability, speed, and efficiency with the system mounted on the robot for the first time. As the week progressed, students had to work around small problems, such as imprecision in certain areas. After Week 0, the group plans to continue testing and perfecting the mechanism before the team’s first district event.
Tomorrow our team is going to Bishop Guertin High School to compete at "Week 0"! Week 0 is a pre-season competition where we will get to play the CHARGED UP game for the first time ever! The day's tentative schedule is shown below:
8:30 - Opening Ceremonies
8:45 - Qualifying Matches
11:30 - Alliance Selection
12:15 - Playoff Matches
3:30 - Closing Ceremonies
Make sure to stream the competition on Twitch tomorrow and keep up with our progress!
Name: Karan Rana
Title: Build Lead
Years on the Team: 2 Years
Areas of Focus and Responsibilities: "Helping lead the elevator team. Being a build lead I get to help lead a team of students to design and manufacture the elevator subsystem."
Team 4909's Impact: "It's been able to teach me a lot about engineering more than any class would have. It has also taught me about leadership and I gained experience leading others to achieve something."
Plans after High School: "Continue to study engineering and pursue a career in engineering specifically robotics."
What FIRST Means to you: "FIRST is a group of people dedicated to a greater goal of being able to compete in competitions as a group. It also teaches individuals to collectively find priorities and solutions to challenges."
Favorite 4909 Memory: "Being able to the robot climb for the first time last season and celebrating the achievements with my teammates."
Ideal Job: "A leader in engineering projects specifically in robotics."
Name: Ishaan Patel
Title: Software Team Member
Years on the Team: 2 Years
Areas of Focus and Responsibilities: "I am a member of the software team. I work with vision by coding cameras to help the robot identify and react to key landmarks on the game field."
Team 4909's Impact: "Team 4909 has allowed me to work closely with others. I was able to develop friendships and expand our knowledge by teaching one another. It has also allowed me to see the design and building process in a new way. I was able to get more hands-on experience than I have had in any other class."
Plans after High School: "I want to pursue a field in computer science and minor in mechanical engineering."
What FIRST Means to you: "FIRST means cooperating with other people and combining strengths to accomplish a shared goal."
Favorite 4909 Memory: "Working on the shooter prototype for the robot during the RAPID REACT season and being able to see my limelight help the prototype shoot successfully leading up to the final product."
Ideal Job: "Computer scientist specifically with AI."
The group has also been working to create a scouting app which will be used to collect data during competitions. The goal of this is to streamline the data-collection process for the team’s scouts, aiding in strategy during final matches.
During Week 4, the intake subsystem group continued working on their prototypes, aiming to finalize a design. After choosing a design, they continued work on the CAD, perfecting it before adding it to a main CAD assembly. This assembly is going to be used to better understand how the intake, elevator, and end–effector subsystems will interact with each other and understand any problems that may arise once they are mounted on the final robot.
The elevator has officially been mounted on the robot! Members of the lift/extend/launch subgroup are adding final touches to the first iteration of the design. These include hard stops, which ensure the elevator goes to the height determined by CAD. An E-chain protects the wiring for the end-effector that will be placed at the end of the elevator. During this process, students learned that the down pulleys were too close together causing for one to be taut while the other wasn’t when the system was extended. When non-extended, the same issue occurred but with opposite pulleys. To solve this, members removed one of the down pulleys so now it runs with only one down pulley. These were the latest design changes made.
Members of the operations team worked on multiple projects over the last two weeks. They made the most progress on this season’s business plan, finalizing many details and sending a draft to mentors for review. Students also finished planning for their upcoming Scratch Ticket Raffle, choosing dates for selling tickets and drawing winners. Their time was also spent creating promotional material about the 2023 New England Robotics Derby, intended for distribution at competitions. On February 10th, they hosted an incredibly successful ‘Hour of Code’ program, where they introduced elementary school students to block-based coding through simplistic games. The event also included a detailed shop tour and a robot demonstration featuring Pandora, the team’s competition robot for the 2021-2022 season.
Name: Craig Fiorino
Title: Design and Mechanical Team Member
Years on Team: 2 Years
Areas of Focus and Responsibilities on team: "I spend the majority of my time working on designing prototypes and refining CAD models."
Team impact: "I have focused on including the younger students on the team as well as being a good middle-person and team communicator."
Plans after High School: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
Dream Job: "Work in the design department for a major car or motorcycle manufacturer"
Favorite team memory: "Making pasta in the hotel room at district championships."
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