Today, groups finally got to make progress in making their ideas come to life in this prototyping phase. Chassis, pulleys, conveyor belt systems, and claws all made lots of progress. Many others also took tasks such as putting together gear boxes or organization. Tomorrow, the groups will continue protyping and hopefully be able to finish in time for presentation on Monday.
Meanwhile, programmers and electronics people also got to do their fair share of coolness by getting the kit-bot from previous builds to work with the new electronics that FIRST has provided for us, namely the roboRio, Talons, and new switchboard thingymajig. There's new colors on the switchboard. It looks nice.
Ahhh. It was quite refreshing to finally see some people getting their hands dirty and drilling holes into things and cutting pieces off of things. (No, I am not a serial killer.) The team has moved on from brainstorming, and is making fast progress, and it is only our first week!
Work that metal, (or wood, in some cases)