| New Field Build
- Justin helped build the new field, which proved to be a challenge. There are so many components to this year's field, and each one is complex. The main difficulty was with the mountains. The instructions weren't very clear, which didn't really hep at all. He managed to figure out the mountain, but then decided it to be tedious, so he switched to programming for a little while.
- Akhila and Snarr, with the help of Mr. Abersold, resumed their work on the beacon autonomous. Last time they worked on this, there were a plethora of problems, including color sensor deficiency, lack of good cables, and encoder bugs. Today, nearly all of them were resolved to at least some extent.
- The programmers walked in to see color sensors waiting for them, a welcome sight for anyone interested in control!
- There were also some new cables, so connection issues would (hopefully) be lessened or even gone.
- Because the field was in build mode, Akhila and Snarr had to test on the floor. This wasn't ideal because the terrain was different, and the sizing wasn't exactly right.
- They set to work on the encoder bug first. First, they added a reset encoders step to pretty much all the code that utilized them. When tested, this seemed to help a lot! The bug didn't really come up, and the coding team hopes it stays that way!
- There was still alot of tweaking values involved, but this was mostly because of the sudden change in terrain.
- The color sensor also was pretty effective. It tracked the white line, but they still can't really be sure, because it wasn't tested on a full field. Next week, they hope to wrap up the color sensors, and refine the autonomous so the movement isn't as choppy.