FTC 7314 Engineering Notebook 2014-09-06

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Competition Season Meeting

Meeting Date Meeting Time Location Attendees
Saturday,September 6, 2014 10:30am-5pm TCHS Brandywine Trevor, Brad, CJ, Morgan, Nick, Amal, Eric, Josh, Justin, Braden, Laura.

Tasks Reflections
Attend the Game Reveal
  • we saw that the game this year has a lot of chances to score. we also saw that it will be a challenge to do what we need done in order to complete the tasks this year
  • Josh thought the game was very interesting and had a lot of interesting scoring mechanisms. The game also used several elements that he really did not understand.
  • the robot had to throw or drop balls into tubes to score points. It also had to push the tubes into marked zones. I have never done this before and i think it's cool.
  • The Team got awesome new shirts and learned about the game, which Brad thinks looks very interesting and he thinks it looks like it will be very fun.
  • We saw people from Pittsburgh having a discussion of the schedule in the TCHS Cafeteria.
  • We saw a video of the game reveal that showed the instructions of the game and how to score points, lose points, and keep the same amount of points.
  • We tried to determine what was under the tarp before the game release...we didn't get far.
  • The game is really interesting with many different strategies.
Eat Pizza
  • We ate cookies and everybody enjoyed the cookies. some of us ate pizza while others brought a lunch. Water was provided also with the lunch.
  • There were 12 boxes of Pizza and half were pepperoni and half were cheese.
Meet other Teams
  • The team got to talk to a bunch of different people from different teams, and some of the team talked with the girls from the Firebird team about some ideas and some of the other robotics teams.
  • We got to go to the field and play with the balls, thinking of a strategy to make the ball go into the center goal to get a max. of 60 points.
  • we got to meet the other teams and see how hard or easy our competition is. we also got to become friendly with other teams
  • we got to meet and hang out with the other competing teams in the competition. Josh knew some of the people from the other team. there were about 10 teams in the cafeteria at once.
  • There were teams that were in their senior year of high school. We must step up our game to do better than them.
  • We showed some other teams the FRC warehouse we work out of.
  • We all played on the field.
Learn the Rules
  • we spent an hour reading the rules and started to get sleepy. we all listened and learned all the rules.
  • we watched a video about the rules and one of the refs explained them.
  • Sadly, some rules ruled out our ideas.
Brainstorm / Prioritize / Strategize:D
  • we strategized for 2 hours and had came up with a strategy. we learned that game strategy is key this year in order to succeed
  • we thought of strategies for the autonomous period, tele-op and started the end game strategy. we also made several experiments on how many balls would fit in a rolling tube.
  • The team started autonomous strategizing and thats when Eric helped out and wrote done what the team was strategizing. The team decided to score the center goal balls in autonamis and focus on getting the rolling goals and the robot parked or lifted on to the ramp.
  • brain storm we started our brain storming in the FRC room watch was very hot. When the meeting in our room ended we rushed in and conintuned our brain storm.
  • We read the rules of the FTC Manual which took us one hour. The game was also displayed in the manual.
  • We thought shooting the balls would be really unreliable, so we are leaning towards making a mechanism that can reliably dump balls into the tubes.

Recorded by: Amal Date: Journal Editor: Date: