Week One: Daredevils

Day 1: KICKOFF Saturday, January 3, 2015

The 2015 season began early in the morning in Bohannon 90 at UMD where teams waited for the live FIRST broadcast. After Recycle Rush was revealed, teams lined up to receive their 2015 kit of parts. Then they were off for a day of brainstorming and reviewing the new rules.

The Daredevils were able to spend our day at one of our sponsors “The Edgewater Hotel”, in the “Tiki Tom’s Breakfast Nook”.   After much discussion, fabrication narrowed down the robot design to an ideal drive train and basic theme for the robot’s functionality. A lot happened in the course of one day and it was a great way to initiate the 2015 season.

Day 2: Sunday, January 4, 2015

The day began with fabrication, designing the size of the robot, figuring out the kind of wheels/drive train to use, and a long discussion about the different ways the game could potentially be played. Spare pieces of metal were used to figure out different ways to grab the game pieces and different intake options.

Day 3: Monday, January 5, 2015

Fabrication Team found the wheels they’re going to use for the drive train, did a lot of prototyping, and figured out a few more different ways to pick up the totes. Tomorrow a lot of parts are due for arrival, so we can start building a lot more then. While waiting for the parts to arrive, they messed around with different ratcheting systems.
Team Management worked on thank you notes and budgeting for the next six weeks. Media began the long and diligent process of writing and planning for BlueDevil Press. Strategy strategized and studied the 2015 manual.

Day 4: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Today was spent making game pieces. Part of the 6 inch step in the middle of the field for splitting the field in half was made. Also, the majority of the scoring platform where the totes will go to be scored was created.

Day 5: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Since East High school doesn’t have a machine shop student go to Archers to build, as they have the tools we need to assemble our robot. Students worked on building more of the field elements back at East High. Today the “backstop” that goes on the back of the scoring platform to signify how tall each stack was built. Students used a jigsaw for the first time today to cut out a square. Overall it was a good day, students used a lot of new tools, and continue to refine skills with every break of a new day.

Day 6: Thursday, January 8, 2015

Today at Archer Racing there was a lot of drilling of holes for the gear boxes that will be going on the frame.

The media department interviewed junior, Claira about transferring from the media department to the build department. “Well at first it was hard because I was looked at as a media person, I was out of place, and to be honest I couldn’t have told you the difference between a screw and a nail”, she said. “But after some interjecting myself into what was going on, and asking more than my fair share of dumb questions, they finally started viewing me as a build member rather than an out of place media member.”  Learning how to fabricate is an important goal of the daredevils and Claira has certainly done her share.  “I’ve learned a lot in the past few months on build, it’s been a lot of fun, and opened my eyes to the possibility of going into the engineering fields after high school.” Claira is still helping out with media though, she gets to be the eyes, ears, and working hands on the fabrication side of the team while still helping out media; doing things such as being the main source of build information for these team journals.

Overall it was pretty positive day. More work was done on the drivetrain, and Claira ended by saying “I became even better at my drilling skills, I learned a lot, and I got interviewed for the first time. It was a successful day!”

Day 7: Friday, January 9, 2015

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Day 8: Saturday, January 10, 2015

Today the frame was welded together, and new team members used new tools they’ve never used before. Junior Claira Allgood got a chance to use the bandsaw to cut aluminum pieces for the frame, and use the belt sander.

Day 9: Sunday, January 11, 2015

Today the frame was completed. Wheels and gearboxes were put in, and it’s finally starting to look like a robot. Also, some welding was done. Students got to wear welding helmets and see how the helmet lens darkens with the concentrated light. This is important because the weld light has an intensity that can damage your eyes.

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