Progression throughout Build
We had a stressful last few hours of work time before we bagged the
robot, trying to get the all of the functions working in sync. We had an all
day practice and the first time we ever officially drove the robot, the
whole team crowded around to watch. We bagged our robot with our fa-
vorite mascot, Hodge Bear (a stuffed bear we named after one of our
mentors so our robot doesn’t get lonely in the bag!), on February 19th.
Now we are all set for Waterbury!
After bag, we resumed work on the second
robot. At the beginning of the season, the
team unanimously agreed to start building
multiple sets of each part, one for the main
robot, one for the second robot, and some
for backup in case anything breaks during
practices or competitions. As a result, build-
ing the second robot was much easier and
was together in under a week and a half.
With a overall plan for how the robot was
going to go together, the assembly process
went a lot smoother.
We had a bit of an issue with a hissing noise coming from the robot’s
pneumatic system. One of the insides of the solenoids (piece to control
the airflow in the pneumatics air system) had gotten stuck in a strange
position, and caused all of the air in the robot to leak out. They replaced
the faulty piece with a new one and the issue was quickly resolved. Other
than that, the test drive of the robot went smoothly. Our mechanism work
Issue 4: March 7, 2019