A great time was had by all
It was a busy day in the Ticks shop as our student leaders took the reins in explaining what each of their teams did and how their work fitted in to the whole “TechnoTicks” picture.
Following last year’s shift, with mentors taking far more of a back seat and sticking with our motto of “student hands on the robot”, we have extended that now with students leading each of the work teams.
Alison & Shannon have taken over organization of Bash@theBeach, our most important fundraiser.
Justin and Hayden will be leading on manufacturing whilst Avery and Big Sam F will be leading on CAD.
Little Sam F is stepping into “very big shoes” taking over the programming of the bot (and is looking for more volunteers).
Alexis and Matt will be leading the controls and wiring teams.
It was great to see so many newcomers to the team and in particular to invite some sophomores and Juniors, proving it’s never to late to become a Tick!
Sunday at Waterbury … tensions run high as we enter Day 2 as leaders and hold that lead right to the end!
Our first competition of the season and we came away as Captains of the Winning Alliance. The Ticks had held the lead throughout the day, including achieving the highest score (121) of any round. The team were honored to be awarded the Motorola Quality Award for the second year in a row.
The Elevator Team worked on fabricating aluminium parts and welding.
The Wiring Team harvested and tested PWM cables and testing out the PMW motor and control signals and looking at them on the oscilloscope to determine what signals the robot is actually receiving.
The Programming Team’s work schedule included looking at the format of the code and working on the elevator and drive subsystems.
The Chassis Team worked on finishing chassis construction, adding lightening holes and producing chain tighteners. They also worked on designing an encoding mount to be 3d printed.
The CAD team worked with Solidworks on testing PWM wires, planning the code and mounting encoders on transmitters and Hunter worked with Mr Trudeau on Solidworks to determine the exact location of the lightening holes.
The PR team worked on creating a schedule for our visiting Journalist from The Day next Saturday and sourcing some great give-aways for our district competitions.
The Intake team worked on refining their prototype and integrating the intake with the forks. They worked on the space available and location.
An even smaller crew the night before the first mid-term exams, but the dedicated five (or the five that were not worried about mid-terms!) made good progress: Alexis and Mrs Di Carlo worked to set up 4 motor controllers to test out the intake prototype and then tested encoders. Sam and Nick worked to refine the speed of the wheels on the intake. Liam and Justin were cutting aluminum box for the intake with RJ on hand to make sure that the cuts were square for the chassis cross-members. Jared was at the tormach making gear box plates.
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.