Today we concentrated on getting the electrical board built, the gears greased and the code working with the X-Box joystick. There were quite a few rewiring moments - as it was unclear how to attach PWM Cable into the Victor Motor Controller. This is a super important time as the code needs to be corrected and rewritten until the motors respond correctly.
We made a lot of progress tonight. Everyone is starting to show their fatigue, especially our mentors who are full time college students and are giving us so many hours as well. We are thrilled to have a new college mentor join us, Danielle Hoppel, a freshman at the U of MD and a former student from the FIRST FRC TEAM Absolute Zero Electricity 3941. She is super energetic and is going to help the business team write their Chairman's Award packet. Tonight she worked with Chenelle and Caleb and got them actively working on the ten mini-essays.
The programming team of Dorian, Elias and Reed is making good progress. Dorian is working on writing the vision tracking code in C++ while Elias is working on the programming to help translate the C++ code back into JAVA so that the robot will be able to work with it. Dorian told me about the problems they have been having with the O Droid 2X board. he is hoping that is will be straightened out soon, as it is the component necessary to translate the C++ code into JAVA.
Joseph worked on the electrical board, creating the basic board on the board cut to the shape and size of the new chassis. it is essential that we get a basic board up and running soon so that we can start driving the robot and getting experience on how it will handle.
Eli worked with Doug and they decided on the strategy on how to build the roller arm superstructure onto the chassis. It was a lot more work than Eli had anticipated, and drilling through the aluminum is time consuming and hard work. It was an excellent opportunity to teach Thomas, Aubrey and Jorge how to use the drills on aluminum. You can see a photo of the complete plate on the first row, fourth image above.
I enjoyed Eli's analysis of how we are getting a team mentor to help us weld our robot in aluminum was such a blessing. his statement was "We at Team Illusion will continue our tradition of OVERBUILDING our robots!".
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