Weekly blog post update 1/24

Hello Blue Twilight!

1/17 — Full Team Meeting

This past full team meeting, team members finalized various strategy decisions: we have switched to the shorter, wider robot size dimensions as well as set a deadline for robot build (Tues. Jan 31st). Groups also presented various prototypes to the full team for review.

Control Update

This week, Control finished up the 2nd universal controller, mounted it onto the prototype drivetrain, and had a functional drivetrain running by the end of Sunday (1/22). We managed to update the software for our roboRIOs and a few laptops, which are all now 2017 software. We continued to make some progress on the robot vision, but it still needs work which will be one of the things we continue to work on this upcoming week. Looking into the upcoming week, we will be mounting electronics onto the final robot, programming it, and trying to get the Pixy Cam working for the robot.

Mechanical Update

This week mechanical completed prototyping, making the gear holder on the final robot and completed the drive train frame on the final robot. We plan on finishing our robot by the 29th so that means lots of meetings this upcoming week!

MTR Update

More Than Robots (MTR) had a busy week trying to plan out our website hosting transfer as well as planning for Week Zero. Currently, we’re working with EaganTV to coordinate their involvement in recording and broadcasting our Week Zero event. In addition, MTR has been busy working with mentors this past week to give our social media, website, and photography skills an extra boost in content and quality. More Than Robots (MTR) has specifically learned the importance of being close to robot action this week as we continuously recorded our prototypes in action. This next week, MTR hopes to take even more pictures as our team’s prototyping and plans grow, as well as successfully transfer our website to a new hosting domain for a better experience for all.

1/24 — Full Team Meeting

The team will be meeting after general build to give updates, present ideas, and finalize decisions.

Build Meeting Times

We will be meeting to finalize design and build the robot. Official meeting times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:00pm, as well as Saturdays from 1:00-5:00pm. To meet our planned deadline of next Tuesday, build will be meeting every night this week from 6:30-9:00pm; please attend whenever possible.

MTR Meetings

MTR will meeting to continue working on various projects. Meeting times are Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm, Thursdays from 6:30-9:00pm, and Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm.

1/28 — Week Zero Meeting — 1:00-2:00pm

Team members will be meeting to continue general planning for the week zero event. All that would like to help plan this event are welcome to attend to provide input.

1/30 — Booster Club Meeting — Room 80 — 7:00pm

The Eagan Robotics Booster Club will be having their monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend.

See you this week!

Captains Morgan and Josh

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