FTC 7314 Engineering Notebook 2014-09-08

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Competition Season Meeting

Meeting Date Meeting Time Location Attendees
Monday, September 8, 2014 6pm-9pm TCHS Brandywine Trevor, Brad, CJ, Morgan, Nick, Akhila, Amal, Josh, Braden, Justin, Laura


Tasks Reflections
Prioritize Autonomous
  • We brainstormed the different autonomous modes we should have. We would need at least 2 depending on our starting position, and more depending on what we want to do.
  • We also tested and timed these different scenarios so we could more accurately determine what we can do in the first 30 seconds.
Prototype a Chassis
  • Brad, CJ, Trevor, Nick and Laura started to design and build a prototype chassis to drive around, being about eighteen inches by fifteen inches, using the standard kit wheels for the base wheels.
  • For today, the prototype looked like a square.
  • With this chassis, we can start to work on knocking over the kickstand.
Work On Engineering Notebook
  • We had to write down our thoughts on the spot while still thinking thoughts of the robot
  • We had to think of the robot's functions in part of the engineering notebook.
Discuss Robot Requirements
  • Before building our robot, we must first know what our robot needs to include. We discussed the various requirements for the robot
    FTC whiteboard 140908-5.jpg
  • We designed our dreamy downward descent down the declining ramp into the rambunctious robot rolling goal score to the perplexing piercing parallel parking zone
Discuss how to Meet the Robot Requirements
  • We discussed various ways to meet the requirements we discussed for the robot.
  • We discussed having a wheel pool in the whiffle balls. So we then discussed having it bring them to a shooting mechanism.
  • We were thinking of having 4 motors with an L Chain.
  • To pick the balls up off the ground, we are thinking of using a single wheel, Dual Wheel, or Tank Treads.
  • We decided for the transmission on a four motor chain drive system with tank tread.
Tanktread possessor/scorer schematic


Recorded by: Akhila and Morgan Date: Journal Editor: Date: