Early in October the team documented the hands on learning plan for the fall.
- 10 people – Coding
- 10 people – CAD
- 10 people – Drive train
- 10 people – Driving
- 10 people – Pneumatics
- 10 people – Electrical
Everything in green is complete.
- The coding team will focus on learning how to code in Java, how the team’s git hub works and how to program some of the 2015’s robot’s simpler functions
- The published code from other teams and analyze the way in which it was organized, and how it performed.
- The coding team will then break down into two sub teams. one working on linear driving and the other working on target tracking.
- The CAD team will work on CADing a 6 wheel drop center west coast drive base, identifying all of the gear box ratio to Feet Per Second (FPS) options and create a Bill Of Materials (BOM) with suppliers.
- The CAD team will then review CAD from models from other teams from past years and make a list of findings to share with the whole team.
- The CAD team will then CAD a west coast 6 wheel drop center H-drive west coast drive base, identifying all of the gear box ratio to Feet Per Second (FPS) options and create a Bill Of Materials (BOM) with suppliers.
- The drive train team will look at the drive trains from the Einstein finalists from the last 3 years and make a list of findings to share with the whole team.
- The drive train team will disassemble and then reassemble the 2014 Kit of Parts base. The drive team will measure its acceleration, velocity and torque.
- The drive train team will then change the gear ratio and again measure its acceleration, velocity and torque.
- Lastly, the drive train team will change the wheel type and sizes while recording and calculating the acceleration, velocity and torque for each configuration.
- The driving team will reach out to the 2015 drive team to document lessons learned that can be shared with the whole team.
- The driving team will practice driving once a week focusing on different skills; turning, going over objects, aligning and speed transitioning.
- The driving team will host a driving test to select our 2016 drivers.
- The pneumatics team will watch training videos and read FRC pneumatics materials
- The Pneumatics team will assemble a pnuemtaics board with everything an FRC robot would need to control 2 double acting and 2 single acting cylinders.
- The pneumatics team will work with the coding and electrical teams to wire and code the board to test.
- The electrical will look at the electrical systems from the Einstein finalists from the last 3 years and make a list of findings to share with the whole team.
- The electrical team will assemble a complete electrical test board with 6 motors, 2 gear boxes, 2 encoders, 2 limit switches, 2 ir sensors and 2 ultrasonic sensors.
- The electrical team will CAD up a mobile electrical system and create a Bill Of Materials (BOM) with suppliers for system with 4 pneumatic cylinders and 10 motors.
In addition to the hands on learning plan above we have been doing mentor lectures once a week and assigned all of the students a research project.
- Mentor – Game Strategy
- Mentor – Tool Training Session 1
- Mentor – Electrical Systems
- Mentor – Drive Train 11/4/2015
- Mentor – Pneumatics 11/6/2015
- Mentor – Gears, Pulleys, Belts, Chains O My 11/14/2015
- Mentor – CAD Part 1 11/16/2015
- Mentor – CAD Part 2 11/21/2015
- Mentor – Tool training Session 2 11/21/2015
- Mentor – Mechanisms 11/23/2015
- Mentor – Suppliers and Fasteners 11/30/2015
- Mentor – Season Schedule 12/7/2015
- Students – Research presentations 12/12/2015
- Mentor – Trade Studies 12/14/2015
- Team – Mock kick Off 12/19/2015
And for a first time this year the team has been participating in a lot of off season events and learning sessions
- Meet with Federal Level political leaders
- Off Season Event: Battle O’Baltimore
Off Season Event: Girl Power
- Meet with Montgomery County School Board
- Baltimore Alliance Education Day
- Meet with Montgomery County Interim Superintendent
- Off Season Event: Rumble in the Roads
- Bechtel FRC Programming Workshop
- Meet with State level political leaders
lastly, The team had a goal of raising $68,000 for the season. So far we have raised nearly $20,000. So we are nearly 1/3 to our goal.