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After the Snow … Jumping into Saturday Morning

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Mr. Derry Discussing Modifications to a Drawing with Laura Lee
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Alexis Updating a CAD file
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Ryan & Mr. Bozenhard Getting to Work
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Rose & Alexis Collaborating on Modifications







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Programming Team
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Mr. Trudeau and Avery Adding Detail to the Drawing


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Anna Making Parts for Prototyping
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Corey, Mr. Gripps and Andy working on the Plasma Cutter

Busy Ticks Making Progress – Feb 3-4

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Alexis at the Plasma Cutter
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Matt Wiring Controls


A Productive Week with plenty of Student  Activity!







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Ryan & Griffin prepping field elements
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Alison & Mr. Derry — CNC Machining
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Heather, Sam and Aiden working on chassis prototype
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Ryan & Corey taking measurements

Holding Strong at the end of January

With 23 days remaining in the 2016 Build Season, the Team is holding strong to this year’s mantra of designing FIRST.

Physical prototyping has been minimized but ideas have continued to flow.  Now we will see how the ideas come together in the physical robot…


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Mr. Derry and the CAD and Intake Teams review modifications needed based on observing the prototype

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Prototyping Protective Cones – February 7, 2015

To provide protection for the intake motors at the ends of the intake mechanism, protective cones have been designed. The ultimate goal is to produce them using the 3-D printer. Because the 3-D printer supplies are costly, the team opted to prototype with a vacuum-molding process.  The prototype was designed in CAD. The mold was cut into foam on the Shopbot and then smoothed and covered with aluminum foil to prevent melting of the foam during the vacuum molding process.  The molded cones (made of a thin plastic material) were then installed on the robot for testing. A few modifications have been made to allow for wiring and testing.  Any modifications will be added to the CAD drawing to ensure that the final design is available for the 3D printing process. Laura Lee and Everett were the key design/production managers on this project, with assistance from Mr. Derry, Mr. Trudeau, and Mr. Goss.

Day 9 – Divide to Conquer

Dividing the team into small groups has us moving ahead this weekend with refining the various elements to meet our overall desired strategic goals.  We have observed interactions among the groups and each group has progressed to CAD and prototyping to test different ideas.  The control/programming group is supporting the other groups’ efforts as well as developing their own programming and control system skills.

One Week Down!