Engineering and Event Blog

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This is the Engineering and Event Blog that is maintained by the team. After each meeting one or more of the team members writes up what we did and what they enjoyed obout the meetings.

Monday Meeting

This monday we started with talking about stratagy on the table.  We talked about many different ways to do the missions, which order would work best, what arms we would use, etc.  After a bit of that, we worked on presentation for a while, refined our idea, and started doing research for our project.  After lunch, I continued working on my robot, this time attaching light sensors, and making the robot stronger.

The Meeting on 9/21/09

Today's meeting was really fun. First when we got there we started to stratagize about the field. We came up with some really cool ideas. Then we talked about our progect and came up with some solutions. We also researched the 49 Fire. I got some amazing stories from Yuba Net, Auburn Journal and KCRA3. Then we had lunch and played with Valla. After lunch I started building arms with the builders while the programers programmed. I think that this was a very productive meeting.

Another Interesting Monday Meeting

Today we had an interesting meeting. First our team had a roundtable and discussed our project. Then we broke into groups for research. Bobby and I searched and searched and didn't find very much!

Then we took a break and had lunch.

Then we started working again, but this time on building and programming. Faith and I worked on a program that followed lines precisely centered( with Mr. Collins help, of course!)

Then we had an apple pie that Bobby brought as a team snack. It was a very productive meeting.

The Lego Guards meeting on 9/21/09

Today's meeting started with a round table, where we discussed our strategy for the year, as well as opinions. Then, we got to work on our presentation.

NOTES:

Topic: Transportation of information during emergency situations.

Problems: -not enough volunteers to recieve and spread information

                 -information only goes one way

                 -slow response

Solutions: Datahub website with two-way communication and lots of information

Then, we had lunch and strategized about our missions on the table. Andrew and I worked on programing, using variables and line following.

The team goes to the Placer County Dispatch Center.

Today we went to the Placer County Dispatch center.Once we got there we met our guide, Erik Wollesen. Then we went to the computer training room and we had a conference call with Kathleen Fenley at the Tahoe Dispatch Center. She showed us the system they use,called W.A.R.N.(wide area rapid notification)It was really cool. Then we went to the dispatch room and talked to the people there. We talked about the 911 calls they get. We got some great information. Overall I think this was a great field trip. Thank you Placer County Dispatch center!

Monday Meeting

On Monday, I continued working on my robot.  I started with attaching my forklift to the chassis, and putting the brain on.  I came up with many different ideas, but none of them worked the way I had hoped for.  I worked with attaching the motor and wheel modules on the outside of the forklift, but that was too wide to go around the corners well.  I tried putting them in the inside, but that turned out to be not strong enough, and also too tall.  I talked with the programmers a bit on what kind of robot they needed, and I looked at the table in more detail, and am going to create a robot that works with everything on the table.

 

 

The Lego Guard meeting on 9/14/09

Today we all dived right into working on the programming and building. Right now, Al and the other builders are putting the finishing touches on EVO H. Version #1! Mentor Matthew talked to us programers about MyBlocks and Variables, then we had to write some hard programs. One was to drive down the table and stop when the touch sensor hit the wall, But, the screen had to display the distance traveled! We had to use lots of variables, but it was fun.

After that, we talked about the project and what we are going to do on our field trip on Wednesday. The team is going to the Placer County Dispatch Center. It should be really cool!

Monday Meeting

This monday was our first meeting with the challenges.  We spent a while talking about the missions, how we might go about them, and how we might combine several at once.  I started building a fork lift into our robot, because we decided most of what we need to do could be acomplished with a fork lift.  I tried several ways of building one, I got some designs off the internet as well as help from Mentor Karl.  After lunch we started thinking of ideas for the project, narrowing down our options for homework.  It is a great start to a great year!

Mission Realease

  To day we split in to groups, builders and programmers.The builders started to build a fork lift and the programmers did line following.  After lunch, we worked on our idea and tryed to build a bridge for the dynamometer.

Our meeting on 9/7/09

Today we had a very good meeting. This was our first meeting since the challenges were released. We started by having a round table and discussing the missions. We have already come up with some great ideas! After that, Andrew and I did some review programming by building a few different line follow programs and testing them. The builders started working on a forklift attachment. Then, after lunch, we talked about the project. We started defining our community and working on different "modes" of transportation. We also looked at trying to tie it into recent events in our community. After that, everyone did some research and Coach Heidi and I assigned Homework.

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