This year's game is called Aerial Assist. The aim of Aerial Assist is to work with one's alliance to bring an exercise ball down the field and finally shoot it in a goal; there are 2 low goals and 1 high goal per alliance. Low goal shots are worth 1 point, and high goal shots are worth 10 points! The field is divided into 3 zones, and each alliance member must possess the ball in a different zone in order to acheive maximum points.
After the first week of the build season, we are further on our robot then we have been in past years. Our design is almost finished, the frame for the robot is built. The robot will pick up balls with a roller, then launch the ball with a catapult, while driving with mecanum wheels.
Today the team attended the local Minnesota SPLASH event, giving 3 presentations and hosting a mentor roundtable. All of the presentations went very well, with full rooms (standing room only!) and good feedback from the other participants. The team is very proud of its electrical, programming, and Alpha Test teams for their presentations. The presentations are available below:
The whole team listened as the SPLASH presenters practised their presentations. They then gave them feedback.
The electrical sub-team continued fine tuning their SPLASH presentations.
The mechanical sub-team worked on trying out belts instead of using chains.
The PR sub-team worked on updating website content and Give to the Max thank you cards.
The programming sub-team worked on Alpha code and tested the robot.
The team Captains, Nikki, Madeleine, and Kate, signed letters that would later be sent to sponsors.
The Electrical Sub-Team worked on their presentations for SPLASH.
The Mechanical Sub-Team worked on building a new-and-improved cart for the robot in the coming build season.
The Programming Sub-Team edited their code to accomidate different styels of joystick driving.
The Public Relations Sub-Team worked on updating content for the website.