FTC 7314 Engineering Notebook 2015-09-26

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Competition Season Meeting

Meeting Date Meeting Time Location Attendees
26-September-2015 2:00 - 4:00PM TCHS Brandywine Akhila, Justin, Amal, Bennett, Wade, Daniel, Trent, Jacob, Myles

Objectives / Systems Hypotheses, tests, observations, conclusions, plans
Debris Measurements
  • Cube: 2" high; 1.975" wide/deep; Mass: 50g
  • Ball: 2.84" diameter; Mass: 30g
Programmers Troubleshoot
  • Akhila, Jacob, and Justin worked on installing the required SDK's to begin programming.
Intake manufacturing
  • Trevor, and other people that helped with the intake, worked together to begin manufacturing the prototype intake.
  • Amal was working with Mr. Goddard and was riveting pieces to put on the Tank Drive.

Tasks Reflections
Debris lift
  • Bennet worked to prototype for the debris lifter in order to be able to test out its usefulness. It includes the tank treads with the plastic strips in in order to hold the debris.
Drive Train
  • Daniel worked with Myles in order to brainstorm locations to place the motors that would allow the treads to wrap around. They found several places along the base of the robot and plan to find the proper tread lengths.
  • Today, the programmers worked on trying to configure the color sensors. The color sensors will be integral to our floor autonomous routine, considering they will be needed to track the white line, and the beacon box.
  • Akhila looked at the Modern Robotics sensor, and discovered that it was really short range. However, there were lots of variables that could have affected this test. She didn't have quite enough time to finish the test, and will look at it at a later time.
  • Another thing worth investigating is using the LED light feature on the sensors. This could really affect the way the program runs. Akhila is pretty excited to get this stuff going!
  • The programmers also troubleshot environment issues with Jacob's laptop. By the end of the meeting, he was all set up! Now the programming team is officially ready to start real coding!

Action and idea Journal

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