Day 30: Monday, February 2, 2015
The beginning of week five was a diligent workday. Strategy met with Coach,Tim Velner for a short meeting of what is on their to-do list. Junior, Henry Bray said “We learned about the current state of the robot. The meeting was very informative and we will be able to more easily prioritize. Media also met with the coach and Mentor, Kirsi Kuutti discussed BlueDevil Press and the layout of the wrap.
On the fabrication side of the team Junior, team co-captain, Anna Karas said that “We are continuing on working on intake, and we are preparing for practice driving.” Programming sophomore, Troy Martin said with excitement “The custom controller is almost complete!”
Day 31: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Five students (one from each department) went to Esko to assist rookie team, Team 5690 – SubZero Robotics. Daredevil students assisted the other team by answering any questions they had. Freshman, Dawson Averill said that “It was a really cool experience being able to help a rookie team, when I’m still a rookie myself.” Beside the freshman member, veteran members were also present. Junior, Luke Harma said “It was interesting to see how well Esko was doing for a rookie team. I enjoyed helping the strategy member with efficient strategizing.”
Along with the excitement of meeting fellow FIRSTers, productivity back at East was high. Team Management worked on more details of the second regional the Daredevils will be attending, the Central Illinois Regional in Peoria, including food planning.
Programming Tested newly mounted motors and sensors as our robot progressed on the journey of becoming fully functional.
Day 32: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Day 33: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Day 34: Friday, February 6, 2015
A very busy day today as a group of studets loaded our t-shirt cannon robot in the trailer and headed off to the UMDgirls basketball and boys hockey game. This has been quite an adventure for us as this is the first time we are receiving payment for the services of one of our robots.
Weekend Update: Day 35 and 36, February 7-8, 2015
This weekend, there was a lot progress on the robot’s functionality. The robot’s Autonomous Mode, when the robot performs pre-programmed tasks at the start of the game, is shaping up well. Build is making minute mechanical changes to fine tune robot functions.
A group of students went to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) for a women’s basketball game and, after to Amsoil Arena for a UMD mens hockey game to showcase CTRL-Y. CTRL-Y is the Daredevils’ demonstration robot that shoots t-shirts, mini footballs, and baseballs and dresses up at Tiki Tom, sponsored by The Edgewater of Duluth.