On day 5, our leader said "Let there be proof of concepts." So our team worked and worked, and sooner builders had finished many contraptions. Basically what happened on Saturday for all you tl;dr - ers. We created a very nice pulley system (nicknamed the Guillotine), a couple claw contraptions, and a motor powered belt designed to pull totes into a robot. However, at the end of the day, we decided to devote our time in the build to a pulley system that pulls a set of hooks up to pick up totes and recycle bins.
Therefore, today, we spent our time working on the claws, the elevator tracks that they would ride on, the pulley itself, the chassis, and a contraption that would pull totes in. (And as a side note, we took apart Twitchy, one of the robots from the preseason. What a short life it had. I guess it would be like 100 in robot years though.)
As always, the programmers an electronics team worked hand in hand to practice coding and wiring on the kit bots, and also our robot from three years ago named Hank. Our CAD master is working hard to create 3D models of the weapons of mass destruction we have planned, and the chassis, of course. And we even have a team working on a mini model of Jonathan's Girlfriend (a cool electronics board)!
We had a chow-mendous dinner provided by Alex's mom today, thank you so much!!! And on Saturday, we had Gayle's mom, Jafar's mom, and Eliza Sutton! (Sorry I forgot whose mom and augggghhh)
Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY to team member Alison!!! Hope you had a great day!
Someone told me that they thought we could be done with the robot by week 3. Now, I have some doubts about that, but with the current speed we are going, those doubts are really slowly going away. Never have I seen the team working on concrete ideas so soon! Augh, gosh, much too exciting for me to handle.
Godspeed, Team Pronto!