This year's game is: RECYCLE RUSH! After discovering what the game is for this year, each team anxiously picked up their kit of parts and began discussing plans for build season. Team 4585 hosted the Utah FRC Kick-off at Hillcrest High school. On the first few days of build season, we got to work and decided on a final design for the robot after much debate and picking apart of ideas. As one of our mentors always says about ideas, "Let's throw them on the wall and see what sticks!" Everyone separated into project groups to focus more closely on specific portions of the robot design. Coming up with detailed mechanics and maneuvers and creating some small-scale versions was the majority of the day for Design and Build team. Every member also participated in our first team scrum session where we addressed where we were with a project, what's in the way of us reaching our goals and what we need to get past that. We always remind ourselves of our team motto, "Close isn't good enough!" Focus was on our main maneuver systems that we will be using to attempt to score the most points possible. These systems are being perfected and we are ordering our parts to get this robot rolling! Husky Robotics volunteered at the Utah FLL Qualifying Event at Albion Middle School. The theme this year was World Class. Teams worked together to be successful in challenging situations while maneuvering LEGO pieces. This was our second consecutive year volunteering for Albion FLL events and we plan on continuing for many years to come.
Husky Robotics made a landmark decision as far as the efficiency and productivity of our robot is concerned. Its maneuverability and speed will be greatly impacted by the wheels that we choose, as we learned last season. Keeping our weight and planned primary functions in mind, we willingly and wisely made a switch in order to get our chassis ready and rolling as soon as possible. With that essential decision behind us, will continue progressing on this second week of build season. Team 4585 focused on putting hook design into small scale representations and discussed materials for our mechanisms. Our chassis is now completed and we can't wait to progress further. We formulated a new design for a button logo. Using new theme ideas and cooperation of design team members, we finished with a high-tech new logo design to possibly use! Husky robotics is making many new changes this year and we are ready to see what the future has in store.
Team 4585 mounted parts and assembled new mechanisms for Harv3. It is now more than just a chassis and more formidable. On the business side of things, we worked on Chairman's award to get a good essay going. As a team there was much success shared. We also invited AMES robotics over and helped them out on Saturday and had a lot of fun. This season is progressing and we are accomplishing our goals with much appreciation to all those that contribute to our success as a team. Only two weeks left!
On the left is a photo of our robot's chassis. This was taken towards the beginning of the week before we got our other parts assembled.
We are exploring multiple new community service opportunities inside our school and out. The Midvale community supports Husky Robotics with sponsors and positive encouragement and we can't wait to continue to return the service to them throughout our season. Harv3 is almost finished and our anticipation for competition is growing. At this point in build season we are getting down to the specifics and making last build decisions.
It's the second to last week of build season and team 4585 is kicking it into high gear. We had drive team tryouts and the chosen few will begin preparing for competition. They were practicing maneuvering the robot in multiple situations that require tactical reasoning and experienced driver skills. At the end of the week, Husky Robotics went to AMES and had a work day with their team. We shared tools and engineering tips with each other and fixed a lot of kinks with our robots. After working on them, we tested out our bots' stacking skills and had some fun with a practice course. It was a very successful week and we walked away knowing our drive teams and pit crew members.
Team 4585 went to Waterford during week 6 along with a few other local Utah teams and had a scrimmage. During that event, we ran into a few issues as far as counterbalance and hook/chain tension are concerned. We fixed up Harv3 and our drive team got to experience maneuvering this year's robot and simulating point scoring. Adding aesthetics and last external touches such as our printed team number, stickers from other teams and under glow were other projects completed this week. Testing and running simulations for multiple, possible competition situations was also something very vital and important to the last week of build season. We had to be certain that our robot will be durable enough, fast enough and efficient enough to sustain throughout competition matches when the time comes. On the business side of things, we worked on Chairman's award and began to create our video. Unfortunately, this marks the end of the 2015 build season. We can't wait for the Utah Regional Competition!