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Burlington Central HS


Week 1

During week 1, team 2386 had a lot to work on. One of our top priorities was looking over the rules of the competition and making sure that we wouldn’t be in violation of any of them. After that came the brainstorming and filtering of ideas to make sure that we have the best design possible.

Overall, we had a very productive first week!

Week 2

After week 1 we split into our teams: media, manufacturing (intake, arm mech, claw, chassis), electrical, programming, CAD, scouting and field components.

Programming started off with an introduction to java and lessons to make sure that students new to the program could contribute.

Electrical began working on a design for a battery cart in order to use the limited amount of space provided during the competition as efficiently as possible.

Manufacturing and CAD worked together, starting on a prototype for each individual part of the robot.

Field components ordered parts, starting on the construction of a simulation of the charging station in the CHARGED UP arena.

Scouting worked on creating scouting sheets for our team to fill out over the course of the competition and a spreadsheet to organize and keep track of the performance of the other teams.

Week 2 was when team 2386 began picking up the pace as we all started working in the roles that we had chosen to specialize in. Overall, we got a lot done this week!

Week 3

While we split off into our smaller groups during week 2, Week 3 was when we’d finally gotten more comfortable into our roles. Programmers familiarized themselves with java, CAD formed a better understanding of Solidworks, etc.

During the week, programming started initiating motion capture on the machine as well as putting vision onto the bot.

Electrical continued to work on the battery cart as well as wiring the practice robot for the programmers to begin to code.

Manufacturing started cutting metal for the frame while CAD continued to test and refine the design of the robot, finding out what parts would work and what parts needed to be changed.

Field components started on cone scoring stations for the practice arena so that our team could begin practice as soon as the robot was ready.

Overall, a lot of progress was made this week!

Week 4

Programing continued to work on the driver interface of the robot as well as the implementation of vision via limelight.

Electrical nearly completed the battery cart and created a general layout for components on the chassis.

CAD designed the gearboxes for the robot while effectively integrating them with the previous design for the chassis.

Manufacturing managed to fully complete the chassis while also building a mast from which to mount the claw and arm.

Field components completed the practice field and split up into smaller groups. These smaller groups each lent their support other divisions to ensure the most efficient and substantial use of their time.

Week 5

After 4 weeks of building, our robot started to take on a concrete form as each of the teams started moving into their respective endgames.

Programming worked with Spark Max encoders to ensure that our robot can balance on the charging station effectively.

Electrical started work on physically wiring all parts of the robot and installing necessary components onto it.

CAD continued to fine-tune the assembly, making adjustments to parts where needed to ensure a polished appearance for the design file.

Manufacturing fully finished the shell of the robot and began work on backup parts.

Field components worked on various tasks such as assisting other teams as well as constructing bumpers for the robot.