5 Days Left

The Beta arm is on the robot.  When it comes to getting things done The Walt Whitman Robotics Team knows how to make crunch time count.  The last week has seen students put in enormous effort to work past our 2 mechanical challenges and get the this robot across the finish line.

For the next 4 days the robot belongs to the coders.  They need to get all of the encoders working, the functions working, the robot driving strait and the shooting sequences down.  Not to mention they need to get the shooting constants and PID loop constants figured.  They will be putting this bot through its paces so that when we get our 6 hours of open bag time all we do is drive, drive and drive.

Next up for most of the team is getting all of our competition prep items done. We have a lot to do to get ready for this competition and will need everyone to pitch in so we can get everything we need done over the next 3 weeks done. March 11 will be here before we know it.

The team is also considering losing about 10lbs by making a new turret and shooter arm so we can add a climber.  Currently the bot is at 110lbs and we have not tested any climbers.  This is a secondary priority for us so this may take some time since we do not want to sink to many people into this with so much else to do.  However a crack team of students will start to play around with some prototypes so that we could make a Beta arm by the district championships that could just strap on and add some more functionality.

This weekend we have had a change of plans.  The whole team will be in the lab Saturday from 1-8.  On Sunday our drive teams and code teams will go to the FTC tournament being held at Georgetown Prep and get a full day of practice / demo in.  Thanks FIRST Chesapeake for making this happen.

Here is what the team has left to do;

  • Drive train – done
  • Bumpers – started
    • Red – done
    • Blue – started
  • Electrical board – done
  • Turret arm prototype – done
  • Turret arm – done
  • Turntable – done
  • Shooter – done
  • Vision – started
  • Main code – started
  • Strategy – done
  • Scouting system – started
  • Awards – started
    • Chairman’s – done
    • Wood Flowers – done
    • Entrepreneurship – done
    • Dean’s – done
    • Chairman’s video – started
    • Media award – started
  • Competition documents started
    • Tech Journal started
    • Judges Packet started
    • 1 sheeter started
    • Safety Binder started
    • Pit Video started
    • Chairman’s presentation started
    • Bill of Materials – not started
  • Pre-competition scouting – started
  • Inviting local leaders to events – done
  • Bellypan – done
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey – started
  • Reveal video started
  • Climber – not started
  • Defensive Cheescake – not started
  • Wiring installation – started
  • Driver Selection done
  • Team Standard – started
  • T-shirt – started
  • Battery cart refurbish – not started
  • Refurbish battery leads started
  • Refurbish robot cart – not started
  • Paint Pit – not started
  • Alpha turret and arm – not started



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