What’s 1529 up to?

The Southport CyberCards are just now entering their third week of the 2016 FRC Stronghold competition, and after planning out their robot, building prototypes, and testing them out, they are moving on to the next stage of their Build Season: the “Things are Getting Serious” stage.

We won’t elaborate on what the Media Team is doing, because obviously, you already know, SO we will move on to other sub-groups such as CAD, Electrical, VEX, Mechanical, Coding, Business, Spirit, and even Mentors. Fun stuff, really.IMG_6855[1] <—us right now

CAD:

Finished and doing-

  • Has the basis for the arm and intake done
  • Geometry Reference dimensions done
  • Calculating diameter of gears and sprockets using gear ratio so they can figure out what exactly they are going to use
  • Arm and design troubleshooting

Problems-

  • fixing height of arm because it could potentially mess with the bumper and break rules
  • maintaining the lightweight aspect of the robot
  • telescoping arm fixing

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Coding:

Finished and doing-

  • programming ball intake
  • color sensors set up for carpet for use in autonomous
  • arm movement

Problems-

  • working with encoders for the motors
  • figuring what coding to use for different positions of the arm that need more motor power

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Spirit:

Finished and doing-

  • making buttons
  • finding certain accessories online that we could use for cheering on our team at competitions
  • making a banner or team

Problems-

  • fitting all of this into a $100 budget
  • managing costs

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Electrical:

Finished and doing-

  • wire placing practice
  • planning where things are going to go
  • Zhuling, head of the electrical team, is making a bumper design and recruiting people to make it

Problems-

  • Nothing really

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Mechanical:

Finished and doing-

  • prototyping lift
  • practice chassis

Problems-

  • remaking design is just hard and time consuming (nothing really)IMG_6987[1]
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Safety:

Finished and doing-

  • spreading knowledge of safety
  • enforcing rules
  • making posters
  • preparing a quiz about what is on the posters, just in general, and what is in the safety manual

Problems-

  • making people wear safety glasses in the workshop
  • finding appropriate memes so it will be easier to read the posters and retain their messageIMG_6797[1]

Mentors:

What they have been doing-

  • tool training
  • finding projects that involve learning how to use tools you wouldn’t normally use
  • teaching sharing and communication for when even more sub groups are made and tools and things are limited
  • teaching them how to properly formulate and ask questions to their peers so they can get clearer answers
  • keeping everyone in line and making sure they are working efficiently (30 minute checks)
  • setting deadlines
  • mentoring leadership groupsIMG_6793[1].JPG

VEX:

What they have been doing-

  • competition!!!
  • prep for the competition

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About FRC1529

FIRST Robotics Team based out of Southport High School in Indianapolis, IN
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