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11/13/15 – Friday – Preparations

The day started out with a meeting, where our magnificent Vice-President Alexander gave a presentation detailing what is expected by our sub-team presentations. As the members of Team 696 listened, it could be seen that they were readying themselves for the following Friday, where they’d have to present their roles to the mentors.

Alexander presenting the presentation details to the team.

Next was the famed Golden Wrench Award. This time, it went to Karin, dedicated member of the Prototype team. The bouts of applause all but drowned out her thanking everyone.

Karin proudly holding her Golden Wrench.

With the talk fully over, the sub-teams broke up to begin their individual tasks.

The Programming team continued their individual coding work. John was fixing his code while combining it with Jake’s. Jake himself worked on resolving erroneous robot code and continued coding in the battery.

Jake and John looking over their codes.

Lauren, Karin, and Devon of Prototype team continued their work on the flywheel. Lauren also worked on their presentation.

Prototype and Eden working on finalizing the flywheel.

Over on CAM, Jonna and James worked on their presentation. During this, James also finished the revised plates.

Jonna and James staring blankly at their screens, contemplating deeply. What about? The world may never know or fully understand.

Jacob and Yerine of Simulation worked on their presentation. Yerine also conducted troubleshooting for their football trajectory program, as it was not working as predicted.

Simulation team hard at work.

Animation duo Chris and Anthony C. finished up their storyboard. They then worked on their team’s presentation and researching what to do their safety animation video on and what type of style they’d go with.

Look at them looking at what they’re looking at.

Web member Luke worked on his presentation.

If Luke’s presentation doesn’t go well, then it must have been a fLuke.

CAD, having much to do, started right away and hardly paused for a break. The entire team started their presentation, while the individual members did other tasks as well. Sipan made some changes to his completed Fall Robot update and Mikia continued working on the electronics panel.

Sipan helping out Mikia with his computer issues.

Anthony K. finished up his gearbox and Claire redid her intake plate.

Alexander helping out Claire and Anthony K. of CAD.

Eden and Roupen of Welding helped out the Prototype team with their work.

Roupen and Mikia looking at something.

They also worked on their own presentation. Eden continued his practice welding as well.

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Eden using some machinery with proper safety in place.

Lousaper learned from Mr. Black how to equip and run the brand new HAAS CNC lathe machine. She did wonderful, and with some more practice, will be fully able to work the HAAS lathe – crucial to the team.

Lousaper being taught by Mr. Black.

Mill team members Dustin and Nanor worked on their presentation.

Mill team working diligently on their presentation.

Business team members Arvin and Nicole worked on a presentation plan.

Nicole working with Arvin on their presentation plan.
Nicole working with Arvin on their presentation plan.

Then they shared it with the others, once out of the way, Anna helped out Andrea with her skills using the vinyl machine. Arvin and Anna also finished mounting the canvassed T-shirts to the wall.

Anna helping Arvin measure the wall where they will hang the shirts.

The Photography and Blogging Corporation CEO and founder Samuel started considering his presentation. He mainly took photos for the other teams and helped around.

Looking good there Samuel.

Now then, our leaders.

It is with a heavy heart that I report we have lost our President…Mika. She was absent as she was not feeling well. However, even without our fearless leader, we kept sane.

This was mainly due to our golden-hearted Vice-President, Alexander. Great as he is, the Honorable One not only presented a presentation about our presentations, he also finished his elevator, worked with the CAD team, helped out Prototype and Programming teams, he also took on Mika’s jobs.

Alexander working on his computer.

Now we know, should we lose our adored President, we are in able-hands. Hopefully, we will never have to hear the words “the President is dead, long live the President.”

Mr. Black spent some time assisting Lousaper in how to properly set up the HAAS CNC lathe and on what their tools did.

Mr. Black talking with Lousaper.

The lab closed around 8:45, cold and lonely. Just like the world without Team 696.

10/9/15 – Friday – Minimum Day

Once more, that time of the week had finally arrived – Friday. It’s on Fridays that we get to go to Robotics club, and this Friday was no exception. However, unlike other Fridays, this day was also a minimum day at school. This means that school ends at 12:50 instead of 3:00.

With the early ending of school, Robotics started at 1:30 and would end around 6:00. As the school didn’t offer lunch during the day, Robotics club had pizza available for any students that wanted it. Many members took this kind offer up, and enjoyed delicious pizza from the time of 12:50 until 1:30. After that, we all helped clean the lab up and set off to work.

Before getting to work, the Friday meeting took place. After the tasks were assigned, the Golden Wrench Award went to rookie-welder, Eden Morris. Blushing with gratitude, Eden graciously accepted the award with tears in his eyes.

Eden modestly showcasing his award.
Eden modestly showcasing his award.

With Fall-training in full motion, all teams were busy with their individual training and work.

On Business, Andrea and Nicole were busy setting up the shirts onthe walls, and Andrea was also being taught how to print vinyl signs. Annam teaching Andrea how to print vinyl signs, was herself printing vinyl signs for the lab. And Arvin, a possible new Business member, was working on a sample press releases and researching entrepreneur awards for the team.

Anna printing out vinyl sign for lab.

Luke and Josiah of Web Design were both finishing up team interviews.

Josiah conducting interviews.

Due to working separately, they were able to conduct interviews faster, quite the smart tactic for a large team like ourselves.

Luke conducting interviews.

For the Media team, Armand was the only member present. He spent the day sorting files for later use.

James of CAM made G-code for the CNC to be able to pocket a one-by-two box-tube. His team rookie, Jonna, tested the G-code to check for mistakes. The two of them synchronize flawlessly such that they work like parts of a fully functional robot.

Jonna and James working on the G-code.

Chris R. and Anthony C. worked harder than any other day on 3ds Max. These two members of Animation were creating characters on the software to learn how to work their software the best.

Programming team member John worked on the autonomous coding using QHR while Jake finished configuring the robots to be controlled manually by a remote. While they did this, Daniel created and worked on the logger, which would log the information from the robot. Bhavin developed Snap Dragon’s code, which is essentially all of the robot’s functions. Their mentor Dr. Clouse oversaw these operations while catching up on ChiefDelphi.com, which is the FRC website forum for updates on information regarding Robotics.

Bhavin working on Snap Dragon’s code.

Roupen and Eden, members of Welding helped Prototype team with building a flywheel. This will later be used to launch basketballs.

Eden searching for tools to work on flywheel with.

Meetkumar, Lauren, Karin, and Devon – all members of Prototype – spent the day designing and building a flywheel. They received help from the Welding team.

Prototype and Welding team brainstorming flywheel design.

Mika, the supreme President of Robotics explained what mechanisms were and what prototype requirements were expected from the Prototype and Welding teams for their flywheel. She also consulted the 80-20 manual to locate what parts need to be ordered. And, of course, she made her rounds to check in on the sub-teams.

Mika teaching Prototype and Welding teams (and Alexander) on what a flywheel is and its function.

Alexander, our equally supreme Vice-President of Robotics helped out the CAD team with their Fall-training and their drive-train designs. He also assisted Mika with the 80-20 manual and designed a flywheel for later application.

Alexander assisting CAD team.

On CAD, Mikia studied Inventor software while Claire and Anthony K. designed a gearbox on Inventor. Sipan spent the time designing a drive-train on inventor.

Claire and Anthony K. working on gearbox.

CNC Lathe and Mill students Dustin, Nanor, Lousaper, and Arpi learned the basics of operating the CNC Lathe under the mentorship of Mr. Black. They even got to make their own custom part using the Lathe.


Custom part created by CNC Lathe and Mill teams working with Mr. Black.
Custom part created by CNC Lathe and Mill teams working with Mr. Black.

Dustin says “it’s pretty neat.” One important lesson all of them will definitely take away from this experience will be to always check the coolant nozzle so it doesn’t spray the operators.

Mr. Black teaching CNC Mill and Lathe teams on operating the Lathe.

Simulation member Jacob wrote a program to animate the trajectory of a football using MatLab. With help from his mentor Jim Stone, he also developed the standardized procedures for file management. He also established the goals of Simulation team.

Simulation team working on MatLab.

Mr. Black spent the hours helping CNC Mill and Lathe teams. Once they moved on to other work, he went to his computer to conduct Robotics work and answering emails.

Mr. Black hard at work on his computer.

Last but not least, Samuel – member of Photography and of Blogging – spent the day taking and sorting pictures and getting material for this very blog you’re reading.

Samuel Witt, lead photographer and blogger looking dashing.

The lab was closed around 7:00, another successful day that should make all members of Robotics proud.