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.

The Meeting of Mission Knowledge!

Today, our team worked on every aspect of the new year's theme. We read the missions and then strategized on the best ways to accomplish them in the least amount of time. Faith, Drew and I worked on programming a little and then we all had lunch. After lunch, we brainstormed ideas on our project, which is transporting people, animals, information and objects safely and efficently. We have already started on ideas, such as making emergency alert and evacuation information more sure during fires.(after the huge Auburn fire, we realize it is needed do to unreliable cell towers and electricity sources during the blaze)

It was a very interesting meeting and I enjoyed it.

Specific Roles

Al - Senior Robot Mechanical Design

Faith - Lead Programmer, Table Housekeeper

Andrew - Lead Programmer, Rules Captain

Aydan - Attachment Mechanical Design

Bobby - Stratigist, Table Runner

Drew - Stratigist

Owen - Junior Robot Mechanical Design, Rules Captain

Robot - E.H.1 [Evolution Herbie, The First (of many)]

Meeting 8/24/09

Today was our last meeting before the Challenges are released! I am very excited to find out about SmartMoves!

Anyway, today we split up into our regular groups to focus on different aspects.


Al and Owen working on Evo-H 1
 


Aydan working on arm ideas

 


Andrew and I worked on detailed programming, focusing on finding a line and MyBlocks.

 

Our team game today was a combination of "flag football" and "Capture the flag". It was really fun and prompted us to think about teamwork. After that, Andrew and I were challenged to build a program to measure light intensity and stop when getting too close to a wall. It was challenging but really interesting.

Meeting

Today we worked more on actually using some of the robots we made and programs on the table, using light sensors to detect color, and working on making our wheel span wide enough to go over the bridge.  We had a neat teamwork challenge, which was basicly capture the flag, but only people with a string could pick up the flag, and move it.

Today Was a Good Day

Today was fun! We made robots, ate lunch, and had a cool team challenge. It was cool because you couldn't talk.

Monday

 

On Monday, we split up: programmers went with mentor Matthew and builders went with mentor Karl.   Builders showed their homework to Karl (I forgot mine in my mom's car).  After that, we built some robots.  The programmers worked on line following and were able to skip two lines and follow the third.

After lunch, we did  cool team building challenge where the programmers were given instructions, they told the specialists, who collected pieces of pipe, gave it to the builders and told them what to build. 

After that, we continued working on our robots.  Then we went home!

 

Today's meeting

Today when we got to Lego Guards we spit up into the builders and the programers. Then we showed Karl our homework. We all got the same thing - with dual differental gear chain you can go very straight and you can turn on a dime,but it is not good for line following.   After going over our homework we started to build our own robots. The programers where doing a great job line following. Then we did a teamwork challenge it was really interesting. I think in this meeting we learned a lot.

Meeting today!

Today's meeting was a lot of fun. Andrew and I had a good line-follow program going too! The team also had a fun "relay challenge". The programmers could read the challenge to the strategists, who could get pieces and tell the builders what to do. It was really hard but fun. A very productive meeting.

Monday Meeting

 

Today at our meeting, we started by talking about what we had found out about our homework, than moved on to building a prototype of a robot we will use this year.  After lunch, we did a teamwork challenge, where we were split up, and had to build something using directions relayed from two people.  When we finished that, we continued working on our robots, fixing problems, and talking about how to make it better.

 

Mission and Mat!

Last monday, as soon as we were all there, we poured out the legos! Bobby and I built the crash test vehicle and dummie, Aydan built the bridge, Andrew built the access markers, Faith built some walls, Drew built some more walls, and Andrew and Drew built the crash test ramp, and then we put it where we thought it went (which was hopefully accurate). 

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