As the halfway mark approaches, much of our current projects are starting to slow down before we begin to focus on the final design of the robot. Many of the prototypes are nearing their finish line, and there are several that are on the CAD list. Few of our components are still being prototyped due to the material needed, but once they are done, they are sure to be a sight to see! It won't be long before our team decides on aplan for our 2019 robot, but there are still many steps to go. Our CAD team is working hard along side our mechanical, electrical and programming teams to create prototypes that may have a role on our final design. There are also some new tools that Team 4639 will be able to work with now as well, such as the Jestdon software! So far it's looking to be an exciting year for our team!
Continuing from the past week, many of our ideas are being explored through prototyping. As several teams of students work together to create the best possible design and mechanism for this year's game, our strategy is being planned out as well. Most prototypes are finishing up, with testing being one of the last steps needed before we choose the best option. Once that is all wrapped up, more refined versions of the mechanisms will be created for coding and robot testing. It's still fairly early in the build season and anything could still change!
After kickoff, our team began planning possible strategy ideas, not going into detail about the robot and its components. Yesterday, we bagan the process of creating designs that may be prototyped and built for our final robot. Today, this planning has continued, revising ideas and choosing the best plan of action. Prototyping has also began to take place, with ideas being tested and refined depending on how effective they are. We can't wait to see how our ideas work out!
Other decisions have been made as well. A tank drive configuration has been selected, however, this is only one of the many decisions to come.
There is even more news. One of head mentors, Mr. Milan, who has been with the team since the beginning, has earned the Texas Honorary Life PTA Award for his help with our team. Without Mr. Milan, we don't know where we would be. Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for our team!
On January 5th, the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition season began with the Kickoff, revealing this year's game. For the remainder of that day, our team was brainstorming possible strategy ideas and what would be our best course of action. Today, January 8th, that has continued, only now we are getting into much more detail. With ideas now beginning to include, robot components, our team is following a robot design theory: identify, asses, and design. This allows our ideas to come together smoothly before we begin any prototypes. Best of luck to all the teams around the world! Team 4639 is ready for lift off!
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