Nov. 7 MeetingAt the November 7 meeting, the team viewed a video of the Share-a-thon presentation and discussed ways to improve it.Most of the meeting was spent combining all the robot missions into a single MASTER PROGRAM that waits for a button push between missions. More details are in the Robot Program section. The team practiced using this program and it does make running the missions much faster, but we still need to practice changing the attachments faster.
Posted Nov 8, 2011, 10:44 PM by Steve Putz
Nov. 4 Meeting and Nov. 6 Share-a-thonAt our November 4th meeting, we mostly planned our project presentation and what we want to put on our display board. Coach Doug wrote up detailed meeting minutes (see the Research Project pages). The team also practiced and improved the robot challenge missions. It still takes too long to go through the missions (about 5 minutes) but we have plans for making it faster so we can get within the 2 1/2 minute limit.We added an extra meeting on Nov. 6 to prepare for the Share-a-thon. We had time to create the display board with photos and text, and to practice the presentation a couple of times. The team then gave the presentation to a room ...
Posted Nov 7, 2011, 2:41 PM by Steve Putz
Oct 28 and Oct 31 MeetingsAt our recent meetings, the team worked on the project and also robot missions.For the project, we used an NXT to build an automatic milk temperature measuring device that sends temperature data via Bluetooth radio to another NXT and sounds an alarm if the temperature becomes unsafe. See details in the Project section.For the robot missions, we started working on an attachment and program to pick up the Rat and take it to base.
Posted Nov 2, 2011, 11:31 AM by Steve Putz
Oct. 24 MeetingThe team talked about the scrimmage and what we can do to improve, especially how to get through the robot missions faster. More project ideas were discussed for monitoring the temperature of milk during transport, and Coach Steve brought a LEGO NXT temperature sensor we can use to make a prototype monitoring device.The robot was improved with a better wheel fender, better corn harvesting bin, and a grocery delivery attachment was designed.The line following program was perfected and now the Pizza and Ice Cream mission is much more reliable!
Posted Oct 25, 2011, 2:03 PM by Steve Putz
Oct. 23 ScrimmageThe Los Altos Scrimmage was exciting and the team learned a lot. We accidentally forgot all the robot attachments! While Nikko's Dad went home for them, the team members managed to reconstruct new copies of the attachments from memory -- very impressive!Our scores for the three practice runs were 82, 97, and 91, which put us in 16th place out of 25 teams. We have lots of ideas for improving the robot's score.
Posted Oct 25, 2011, 2:05 PM by Steve Putz