Super Smash Bros Brawl

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The Bit Buckets are having another Super Smash Bros tournament!

This time we are having a Smash 4 casual play as well as a Brawl tournament, tickets are 5 dollars for the Smash tournament and 10 for a VIP ticket which includes food, and participation in our Smash 4 casual play.

Click here to buy tickets online.
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We are having a raffle as well. If you inspire a tax credit donation for our team you will be entered to win a Wii U and the new Super Smash Bros game!  Details about the raffle and the entry form can be found here: http://goo.gl/VN8oDG.

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Come and play! Have any grudges against friends? SETTLE IT IN SMASH! Play against your friends and munch on foods in the VIP room.

This casual tournament is a fundraiser for the Bit Buckets robotics team.

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First place!!!

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Our Vex team competed in the Vex Skills Challenge at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita today, taking first place in the Driver’s Skill Challenge.  This is the first time the Bit Buckets have won first place in any of our competitions, as in the past we have come in second in a Vex tournament, the Tucson Pumpkin Toss, and the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. YAY Bit Buckets!

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After competing in the Casa Grande Tournament we decided to retire our claw in favor of an intake system with four motorized wheels, which keep the yellow Skyrise Section game piece in a straight-up vertical position.

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There were tense moments but Linus managed to get ***five*** Skyrise Sections stacked during the one-minute window!

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Jackson is our programmer.  This year’s game is one of the most difficult to score during the autonomous phase in Vex history.  We competed in the Programming Skills challenge and scored four points; the current best score in Arizona is seven points, and the best in the world is 26 points, out of Beijing.  We are hoping to improve our autonomous scoring over the next few weeks.

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Axis Camera on robot

So…we got the camera mounted on the robot and we’re receiving images in the Driver Station! We are now working on a program to identify retro-reflective tape and eventually make last year’s robot able to identify the retro-reflective tape!

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Robotics is officially a sport!

Thanks to the AIA’s announcement on November 28, 2014, now we can say we’re doing sports while building robots and having fun! Team 842, Falcon Robotics, participated in the announcement. Here is the source on the AIA website and the video of the announcement:

http://www.aia365.com/articles/4644/get-ready-arizona-robotics-is-coming

 

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Offseason Drivetrain

Offseason Drivetrain

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For the last few weeks, the design team has been hard at work creating a drivetrain comprised almost entirely of laser cut plywood. The goal of this design project was to create a drivetrain that would be effective, robust, and maintainable, while prioritizing use of the laser cutter as much as possible. The resulting design can be cut and assembled in days rather than weeks.

This project has also been a learning experience for members who are new to the design and drafting process. Requirements such as robustness, ease of fabrication, and maintainability presented challenges including: creating a gearbox assembly that can be removed quickly, allowing easy access to the electronics, and building a structure out of plywood that can stand up to hard impacts.

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Teh Softwarez Temz

The software team is hard[ish] at work!
We went through a basic programming tutorial for the entire team a couple months ago, and a large portion of students decided
to pursue programming as their primary task this year. In order to challenge the students, a Bit Buckets Programming Challenge was
issued as a requirement to officially join the programming team during build season. You can find the challenge here:
Students are required to solve three challenges of increasing difficulty:
- Step through a program and annotate every line, describing it’s use/purpose
- Given a program that is broken, develop basic debugging skills and make it work as intended
- Program a solution to an average problem from scratch
In tandem with the challenge, we have also been looking at getting some advanced features of the robot working
based off of last year’s code. Three projects have been made: autonomous driving, vision tracking, and a file-based constants system.
So far, the autonomous driving team has gotten the encoders working and made a command to drive a certain distance and stop. The vision team
has done some electrical/mechanical work to get the camera mounted and video is now streaming to the dashboard, and
the constants file group has gotten FTP access to work and is looking up different solutions to reading/writing to files.
More to come!
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Nametags!!!!

Kind of self explanatory.

We have been working on designing new name-tags for our team members. We decided to create name-tags to make it easier for people outside the team to tell who we are. The name-tags will have our role on the team at the top (mentor/student/officer role), our name in the middle, and silhouettes the robots we have helped build on the bottom. This will make it easy for people at competitions or other event to tell whether they are speaking to a mentor, to find our officers easily, and to understand how much experience our members have had with building robots. The name tags will be made out of laser cut and etched plywood and will be attached using magnets.

We haven’t finalized the design yet, and we are still working on the silhouettes of the robots, but there should be some images coming soon!

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Bit Buckets Smash Bros tournament

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In continuation with our very successful and fun Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament last year, this year we will be having another! This year the tournament is going to be on December 13th, and will be at colab (17 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701). We will be having a copy of the new Smash Bros game (Smash 4) available to play.

The tournament has 2 tiers of admissions;

the standard admission: 5 dollars in advance 10 at the door, includes basic super smash bros brawl tournament and lots of fun

VIP admission: 10 dollars in advance 20 at the door, includes the basic tournament, access to play the new Smash game with other VIP members, and  lots of food!

This year we are also having a raffle, if you inspire a tax credit donation for our team you will be entered into a drawing for a Wii U and a copy of the new Super Smash Bros game, so because you get all of your money back from a tax credit it is basically a free raffle for an amazing prize the only thing you have to do is inspire a tax credit donation to our team, and fill out this form.

 

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Robo Rumble Hosted by the NERDS

The Bit Buckets, as previously mentioned, attended an event hosted by the NERDS. In an attempt to gather teams together and have some good ol’ robot fun, there were numerous events, such as 3-legged race, relay race, obstacle course, and more. I’m proud to say that us Bit Buckets did well on all. It was a pleasure to attend such an event.

Getting ready for build season. Days are counting down!

 

 

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New Skills November

During the last few pre-build season months, the Bit Buckets team members have been hard at work on building up their repertoire of technical, design and programming skills.

In the image below, Kevin, one of the team’s amazing mentors, majestically explains one of his many programming practice projects to a room of captivated students.

Programming Lesson

In addition to programming, the team is also planning to use Xerocraft’s laser cutter a great deal during this robotics season for producing parts quickly and cheaply. In the image below, the team gets a quick introduction to laser cutter technique and safety.

 

 

Lesson on the Laser Cutter

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