Day 2: Prototyping ALL the ideas!


We started bright and early by creating a summary of approaches to playing the game. We came up with 7 main ideas, then broke off to discuss pros and cons of these plans.

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We presented the pros and cons to everyone else…

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…and then we tried to reduce our list to options that we would consider to be more effective or strategically advantageous.

We were going to put our kit together, but we got slightly snarled up in the annual “landscape/portrait” debate.

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We’ve decided to prototype different ways to manipulate the ball, to catch, to throw and to floor load. After we get some ideas solidified we’ll figure out our chassis orientation.

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We split into groups, and started drawing up some plans

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Then we got into our building materials and started testing the ideas.

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We found an old fishing net and thought that might be a great help…

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It not only can catch mentors, but it could be used as a launcher…

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…except it is not so strong. Material strength is a very important consideration when designing a robot!

We had an amazing feast today! Our parents spoil us with such healthy delicious food. We eat meals together as a team, it makes us all take a break, and we get a chance to bond and discuss robots, competition, and life in general.

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It was extra special today because it’s Mr. Wood’s birthday!

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We started up the build season birthday tiara tradition once again!

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Thanks to Mr Wood’s family for sharing him with us on his birthday.

Today we also got in some drive practice in the gym. This required some creative door modifications.

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But once we got the bots in, it was really fun to zip around in the big expanse of the gym!

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Many of us got turns driving, and teaching others how to control the robots. We even had a grandfather take the controls!

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It’s a nice chance for our new members to learn more than just driving. Troubleshooting and other more mundane tasks like safe battery changes are also good to practice before competition.

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We had a rules test today. There were 3 perfect scores! That means that there are many people with some work to do still-keep studying!

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Our alumni are keen to help out. Thanks Colin for marking the tests.

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We are off to a great start, with lots of promising ideas. We meet tomorrow at 5 to continue the prototyping fun!

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