1/14/16 – Thursday – Low Rider

Clark members Anna and Daniel went with Mr. Black to Roosevelt Middle School at 9:45. While there, they showed off Snapdragon in action to the students. Afterwards, Mr. Dall gave a wondrous presentation on why Clark Magnet High School is a good school to go to. The Clark students returned to school at 12.

Some members also traveled down to Lincoln Elementary School. Jonna, Lauren, Luke, and Samuel went with Maggy – a Clark student – to assist the Lincoln Lego Robotics in theirĀ tasks. Heading down a little after 2:20, the members returned at 4:00.

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Robotics’ members helping out Lincoln kids.

There was also a meeting this day, running from 3:00 to a little after 6:00. For a great majority of it, Mr. Black, Mr. Hoard, and Mika met with the Business team members Arvin, Anna, Nicole, and Andrea as well as with Photographer, Blogger, and member of Media, Samuel. The reason for this meeting was to discuss community outreach, award submissions, and the upcoming Expo Day schedule.

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Business team meeting with Mr. Hoard and Mr. Black

Welding members Eden and Roupen started working on the Rough Terrain obstacle. But they split to do separate tasks after discovering there wasn’t sufficient lumber to finish it.

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Eden looking at some wood.

Eden then began to create the Ramparts obstacle while Roupen helped make the robot frame and tried out different wheel configurations.

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Roupen and Devon working on the prototype robot base.

Prototype members Devon and Lauren worked with Meetkumar and Jake of Programming and with Jonna of CAM on the prototype robot. Together they measured the base for a 6 wheel drive train, all within an hour. They then tested the wheel placement and found the first and last wheel space must be closer to the ends of the robot. They also found that it is quite impossible to slowly drive over the obstacles, the robot needs to be moving fast. The faster the robot goes over the obstacles the easier ti is. The triangles they’ve attached to the front of the robot increasing air-time experiences as it slides over the obstacles.

Christopher of Animation finished the character modeling tutorials and designed a box and edge for a character to be modeled in. He began looking for a model to fill out the cage and for a hand and head tutorial to finish making the character. Anthony C. spent the day colouring the CADed field for the animation and removed hidden or irreverent parts from the model. He did this so it won’t slow down the rendering time for each scene.

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Christopher working on a character model.

Jonna of CAM also worked with Dustin and Nanor of CNC Mill. The trio built the Low Goal using the Router. They also started putting the Castle Tower together so it could stand on its own. Near the end, they split off to help Devon and Lauren of Prototype.

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Nanor and Lauren posing next to the High Goal frame.

After the Low Goal was cut out from the Router, Karin of Prototype and Lousaper of Lathe assembled it. Roupen brought out Alexander and Mikia and Anthony to see it, and they realized how difficult it would be to fit a high-goal shooter into a robot that can fit under it. They then found some neon pink and green fabric in the storage closet. The pair used the fabrics to make a flap on the Low Bar, Lousaper took it home to sew it.

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Lousaper and Karin posing with their Low Goal.

Alexander, our gratuitous Vice-President, helped research a method of power transfer for the robot. As of now, the plan is to use 36 tooth 5mm pitch HTD belts.

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Mr. Hoard, Mr. Widholm, and Alexander analyzing CAD member Mikia’s designs.

It was around 6:15 that mentor Mariam accompanied Alexander, Mika, and Anthony K. along with Robotics Alumni Armand T. left Clark with Mr. Black to go to the Roosevelt Parents’ presentation that our principal Mr. Dall led.

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Armand T. showing Mariam how to work a certain video-camera.

The presentation went off without a hitch, and was a spectacular success. It ended after 7:30.

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Robotics members standing by Mr. Black and Mr. Dall during the presentation for the parents.

The Clark Stronghold (lab) closed at 8:30.


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