Week Two: Blue Twilight

Programming Team: Since last week, the programmers have finished working on the CAN ID, and have moved on to programming the controls using a test bot. The CAN ID has successfully been communicating through the test bot, and is expected to do the same in this year’s final robot. Now that communication works, the team…
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2015 Game, Recycle Rush!

This year’s game, Recycle Rush, challenges robots to stack large game pieces and get a pool noodle into the largest game piece, the container. The game pieces consist of storage bins, known as the totes; and large cylinder recycling bins, known as the containers. Two alliances composed of three different robots compete against each other…
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Week Two: Daredevils

Day 8: Saturday, January 10, 2015 Today the frame was welded together and new team members got a chance to use some of the bigger tools. Junior Claira Allgood got to use the bandsaw to cut aluminum pieces for the frame, and the belt sander to smooth the edges. Day 9: Sunday, January 11, 2015…
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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…
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Week One: Blue Twilight

Programmers: The programmers are working on an old robot to develop the CAN ID, or the Component Area Network ID. The CAN ID helps with communication, communicating with the robot itself and with other robots. For example, it can give the programmers feedback on the power usage. The programmers are also working on what they…
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