Our first point on the agenda was to recap the team on the three main ideas we talked about: forklift, conveyor belt, and "pac-man," a variation of the forklift. We then proceeded with the dreaded manual TESTTTTT. Everyone seemed to pass with flying colors and got to vote on which big idea we were going to go with first, which ultimately was the forklift concept.
The builders then split into three groups: two groups which brainstormed ideas on the lifting mechanism, and the last group which brainstormed ideas for the chassis. At the end of the meeting, the ideas were presented, and they included conveyor belt lifts, human player loaded systems, drive trains, robots shaped like oddly shaped pizza slices, and gear and pinyon claws.
The members of the team that were not builders continued to prep computers with software and other programming thingamajigs (as you can tell, I am not a programmer), but the majority of the team's brain power went towards brainstorming as well.
And just some random comments: oh my god. There are so many people on the team right now that there aren't enough seats in the classroom for everyone! Wwooooweee! Things are finally starting to pick up and I'm glad there are so many Prontonians this year. I love everyone. Everyone loves everyone. We're a happy family. (Is that from Barney? A quick Google search confirms.)
Great job on your first after-school build day! THERE'S ONLY 5+ WEEKS LEFT.
LONG LIVE PRONTONIA
(cue "God Save the Queen")