Status on Fall Plan

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.

Coding

  • 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.

CAD

  • 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.

Drive train

  • 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.

Driving

  • 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.

Pneumatics

  • 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.

Electrical

  • 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.

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