Our Indiegogo campaign is live here!!
At today’s meeting after a quick fundraising plea our mentor Dan gave a presentation on sensors, which let the robot know where it is, how fast it is going, what it should do next, etc. He explained how everything from ultrasonic sensors to motor controllers work.
After that we had a break for pizza and split into two subgroups. One of the subgroups is the programming group who are currently struggling to make a deadline for National Instruments LabVIEW student programming challenge. We are using the competition to have our programmers practice LabVIEW before the build season.
The other subgroup is the SolidWorks / metal fabrication group. They are working on creating a CAD design for a swerve drive that we hope to start to make soon. The Xerocraft machine shop manager Vince will help us learn to machine the pieces we have designed.
Today the Bit Buckets are at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita AZ competing in the Southern Arizona Vex Skills Competition. Here, each team plays the game by themselves, getting one minute to score many points as possible. Our Vex team 5485 came in 3rd place and our 5485B team got 5th place.
Surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two spurving bearings were in a direct line with the pentametric fan
Today at our FRC meeting Kevin and Gary are teaching us how to explain a concept or idea using words and drawings.
They used this fun turbo encabulator video to show us how not to do it.
Then we had a quick break and helped Robbie unload a bunch of tables and office supplies that had been donated. After half a hour of all the Bit Buckets carrying tables and desks we sat down and broke into our sub groups.
At the FIRST Robotics Competition 2013 Arizona Regional, Steve Sanghi, President and CEO of Microchip Technology Inc., issued a challenge to the attending teams. If, at the end of any of the matches at the FRC 2013 Arizona Regional, all 6 robots were hanging from the towers, he would personally donate $500 per team for each of the 6 teams toward the 2014 registration fee for the team.
We are happy to say that the Bit Buckets were among the winners!
Thank you Steve Sanghi, for issuing such a fun challenge, and for all you do to support competitive robotics.
We are entering the FRC LabVIEW Offseason Competition in order to get our team members practice with LabVIEW before the Kickoff. We are going to submit our code on November 1st. We are fortunate to have experienced LabVIEW mentors on out team.
Our team participated in a great off-season event called the Tucson Tussle, hosted by Crush 1011. Our team loved it and everyone had a great time.
The Arizona Daily Star sent a reporter/photographer to the Tucson Tussle, the wonderful off-season FIRST Robotics Competition event hosted by CRUSH 1011 at the Sonoran Science Academy.
Click on the image above to go to the full AZ Daily Star article and photo gallery.