7 days left

Highly focused, were the words of the day yesterday in the Walt Whitman shop.  We were on a mission to get our shooter distance up and our new lifter joint completed.   The joint assembly made it about 75% of the way to being completed and should be ready to test today.  The Shooter on the other hand is perplexing us, Our prototype shooter was shooting about 30 feet. Our production shooter is only going 15 feet. We are going to continue to try some additional configuration tonight and will continue to work on this till we get it right.  Our code team has been able to get our drive train encoders working and are chomping at the bit to get more time to test the robot.  If all goes well the mechanical problems we listed will all figured out tomorrow and they will get all of Monday and Tuesday to work on the code.  Our electrical team was busy adding reinforcement to every aspect of the electrical board so that we are less susceptible to impact loads.  We will be testing their handywork this weekend during our drive practice.  Our bumper team was getting our second set of bumpers completed last night and should have both sets ready to go tonight.  And our awards team is killing it, they are working on all of the awards documentation we will need to impress at our district events.

Since we are hosting a competition this year we also have an advertising team who is getting ramped up to to make sure attendance is as high as possible.  Every student and parent who attends could be a potential team mate, mentor or sponsor for our 2016-17 season so we are going all-in to make sure we hit the max fire marshal approved capacity of the gym.  To help make sure the community knows about the event we invited all of our elected officials, check out who has RSVPd

  • Montgomery County Councilmember Navarro
  • Montgomery County Council Councilmember Berliner
  • Montgomery County Council Councilmember Hans Riemer
  • Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen
  • MD Delegate Will Smith – District 20
  • MD Delegate Aruna Miller, District 15
  • MD Delegate Jamie Raskin, District 8
  • MD Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, District 15
  • MD Delegate Kumar P. Barve
  • MD Delegate Kirill Reznik, District 39
  • MD Delegate Korman, Marc
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen
  • Russell Shilling will attend on behalf of the acting Secretary of Education John King

Our scouting team has also been hard at working putting together a revolutionary system for scouting that will allow our team to take advantage of of the real time demands for scouting this year. We believe teams that scout and communicate clearly will gain an advantage comparable to an additional function on an alliance robot.  Specifically, alliances that have no team that has real time scouting will be at a disadvantage compared to those alliances that do in qualification matches.  In the past scouting is more of an after qualification data point.  For example, we are going to use google docs and create a real time dashboard that the drive team will have available to them via a 4g tablets at all times.  Our scouting team in the stands will populate it via 4g cell phones.  We believe that this system could tip the scales in our favor match over match just the same way a piece of robot functionality could.

Here is what the team has left to do;

  • Drive train – done
  • Bumpers – started
  • Electrical board – done
  • Turret arm prototype – done
  • Turret arm – started
  • Turntable – started
  • Shooter – started
  • 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
  • Competition documents started
    • Tech Journal started
    • Judges Packet started
    • 1 sheeter started
    • Safety Binder started
    • Pit Video started
    • Chairman’s presentation started
  • Pre-competition scouting – started
  • Inviting local leaders to events – done
  • Bellypan – done
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey – started
  • Reveal video started
  • Climber 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

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