Following the Kickoff meeting, students and mentors discussed the game strategy. They agreed our challenge is to build a drive train is fast and maneuverable, a robotic arm that can pick up the inflatable shapes and place them on the scoring area rack, and a mini-bot that quickly ascends the score pole. Based on that assessment, we formed four sub-teams: Drive Train, Special Ops 1 (arm), Special Ops 2 (mini-bot) and Programming.
During the first week, each of the build sub-teams used CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to draft robot designs. Based on those drawings, students cut parts for the robot frame and sent them to be welded.
In addition to robot specific activities, a group of students and mentors constructed a game field which we will use to test robot design and prepare for competitions.
Another group of students developed our 2011 logo, integrated it into a t-shirt design and submitted it for printing.to robot specific activities, a group of students and mentors also began constructing a game field model which we will use to test robot design and prepare for competitions.