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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.

10/2/15 – Friday – Pizza Surprise

Another day, another dollar. Of course, just working alongside our fellow team members at Team 696 is more than enough payment. And thus, another successful Friday passed us by, full of achievement and bonding.

Daniel, Bhavin, John, and Jake Z. of the Programming team worked hard at rewriting code for autonomous control of the robot. They also fully reconfigured QHR to work on an Xbox controller. As always, their mentors kept an eye on what they were up to, making sure everything was done properly.

Over on the Welding team, newcomer Eden practiced fillet and flat welding under the tutorship of Roupen. They also welded a one-by-one 1/8th boxtube to another one-by-one 1/8th boxtube.

Business member Anna designed and printed signs for the lab, and later placed them in their appropriate places. Meanwhile, Nicole researched FRC awards and helped Andrea continue setting up the t-shirts on canvasses for later redecoration of the business room. They also continued the redesigning of Team 696’s brochure and got quotes from students to display in said brochure.

Anna creating lab sign with the utmost care.

Media team, Chris H. and Armand, finished their Thank You videos. They then proceeded to prepare their work spaces for the next meeting.

Jonna and James, of CAM, utilized the plasma-cutter to make plates. Preparing the plasma-cutter and creating the plates would take up the rest of their time.

Mika, our wonderful President, oversaw all operations of the team. At the beginning-meeting, she awarded Daniel with the Golden Wrench Award. She spent the rest of her time assisting sub-teams in their tasks.

Alexander, our equally wonderful Vice-President spent his time helping CAD in their work.

Alexander helping the CAD team.

Animation team explored 3DS-Max. Anthony C. and Chris R. also used a snow generator for their programs.

Yerine, Jacob, and Arvin continued their MATLAB review and practice on the Simulation team. They were also given the intro to their later project – mapping the trajectory of a football.

Luke, of Web, continued interviewing team members. His tactics are superb, and it can be said that the whole operation is Luke-ing good.

CAD member and only person on 3D Printing, Mikia printed two puzzles of South America. Mikia also studied CAD software.

Mikia using a 3D printer with nimble hands.

The other CAD members, Sipan, Claire, and Anthony K. performed the fall-training routines. They also setup Vaults servers for the whole team (very important), and finished packing the 3D printed robot parts.

Sipan setting up Vault accounts.

Prototype members Meetkumar, Lauren, Devon, and Karin practiced drilling, tapping, and filing by drilling, tapping, and filing.

The Lathe team was able to practice using the CNC lathe machinery up close. Lousaper and Arpi performed hands-on practice under the supervision of Mr. Black.

And of course, let’s not forget Blogging and Photography. Samuel Witt spent the day sorting photos and getting material for his blog. He also took beautiful shots of certain members to give to Business team to go with their quotes.

The day as a whole was pretty normal, except for the surprise snack. Samuel’s mother had purchased pizza for the whole team, and had it delivered to the lab. After Samuel communicated this to Mr. Black, Alexander, and Mika, a space was cleared for the plates, napkins, and pizza.

Once it arrived, Samuel placed plates in a stack as well as the napkins. Per policy, the mentors went first, then the students quickly followed. All eating was done away from any computers, and everyone washed their hands afterwards. Everything happened within thirty minutes, and then it was cleaned up and everyone returned to work.

The lab was closed shortly after 7:00.