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The club meets on: 
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Shiley 101


posted Apr 22, 2014, 10:59 PM by UP Robotics

We will have two meetings this week, one Tomorrow, Wednesday 4/23 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 249, and one on Thursday 4/24 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319. 

Also, we're planning out meeting times for next year, so please fill out this when2meet with your class schedule so we can get an idea of when people are open.



posted Apr 8, 2014, 5:17 PM by UP Robotics

Last Week in robotics, we put together a wooden prototype of the rocker-bogie system, made a scale model of the digger system which let us redesign the actuator system, and began testing on the autonomous platform. See the pictures on our Facebook page! 

This wednesday we will meet at in Shiley 249 at last! The meeting will be from 7:10 to 9:10 pm. A lot is happening on Wednesday: We need to build/re-build some of the VEX kits, so those will be out. Also on Wednesday, the CS leads (Matt and Matt) will be doing a code review, which will be extremely helpful to anyone interested in joining the club , either this or next year. 

On Thursday, 7-9 pm in Shiley 319 we'll have our regular technical meeting. 

Science night Thursday! To anyone who can attend the science nightThursday, we could use your help! We'll be meeting in Shiley (in the lobby) at5:00 pm to head off, and we'll be returning around 9:30 pm. The event is a fun night of kids, robots, LEGOs, and free food! Please RSVP prior to Thursday, and come if you can!


posted Apr 1, 2014, 12:08 AM by UP Robotics

This week marks a change in our priorities. We've been designing for almost a full year, with very little experimentation going on. This Wednesday we will begin acquiring parts and materials to test our designs with, and hopefully starting Thursday and continuing on the weekend we can begin making proof-of-concept tests for the systems outlined below.

We will have our meetings at usual times: Wednesday, from 4/2 7-9 pm in Franz 214, and Thursday, 4/3 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319.

There are three main areas which we need to test/prototype/redesign:
Wheel Articulation - we'll need to build both a miniature test model using VEX kits as well as (eventually) a full-size one.
Bucket Wheel Positioning -  this system is a bit over-complicated, and essentially needs a complete redesign.
Rocker-Bogie - The design for the rocker-bogie is more or less complete, but still will need to be modeled and tested. We'll almost certainly be building a full-size model of this system.


posted Mar 24, 2014, 8:40 PM by UP Robotics

This week we will have our general meeting on Wednesday, 3/26 from 7-9 pmin Franz 214. Remember, there are no engineering computers in Franz, so be sure to bring a laptop! 

We will be holding elections during the start of our technical meeting onThursday 3/27 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319. To see a list of the candidates and their statements, you can see them here: 

You will note that several positions are still open, including Vice-president and outreach manager. If you have any interest in these positions, show up on Thursday, and we will be accepting nominees until the vote is closed.



posted Mar 18, 2014, 8:22 AM by UP Robotics

This week we will have meetings at our usual times: Wednesday 3/19 from 7:10-9 pm in Shiley 249, and Thursday 3/20 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319. Pay attention to the changed time and place of our Wednesday meeting, as it has changed.

Also, election candidates are due this week! If you are interested in being an officer, please reply in an email, with your name, the position you are interested in, and a brief statement on why you would be a good fit for the position. These application emails will be due on this upcoming Thursday, March 20Elections will be held the following Thursday, March 27No proxy or email ballots will be accepted during voting.

For more info on the elections, check my previous email or send me a question.


posted Mar 4, 2014, 8:31 AM by UP Robotics

This week we'll have our usual two meetings, on Wednesday 3/5 from 7-9 pm in Franz 214, andThursday 3/6 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319. Also a friendly reminder that next week is Spring Break! We will not be having meetings over break, though there is the possibility of scheduling one for the returning Sunday (the 16th of March) if people are interested.


Just a reminder: if you plan on coming, please bring laptops! There is limited computer access, especially in Franz, and as we are in our Part Spec and CAD phase, we want to have as many people doing research as possible.


posted Feb 24, 2014, 6:48 PM by UP Robotics

Get psyched! We've made great progress on our robot, and are just about done with preliminary CAD models. For the next few weeks, and through Spring Break, we will be starting part spec, where we actually find the parts to fit our design as closely as possible. 

This week we will have our normal meetings on Wednesday, 2/26 from 7-9 pm in Franz 214, and Thursday, 2/27 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319. 

Also, in case you felt the need to get PSafe driver training:


   Public Safety has scheduled a Safe Driver Training for March 4th at 5pm in Buckley Auditorium.  The training will take about one hour. There is no need to RSVP, just show up by 5 PM and make sure to write your name on the sign-in sheet. Please bring a completed Driver Information Form unless you have already turned one in to us.


posted Feb 20, 2014, 4:39 PM by UP Robotics

Hello Robotics Club Members!

This week we will have our regular two meetings: on Wednesday, 2/19 from 7-9 pm in Franz 214, and Thursday 2/20 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319.

With the subsystems designed and 99% combined, it is time to turn our attention to source documentation. That is, we need to have an explanation for every design decision we have made since the beginning of the year. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to start coming to meetings at this point to get acquainted with the robot's design!


posted Feb 10, 2014, 11:12 PM by UP Robotics

We are having our two meetings as usual this week, on Wednesday, 2/12 from 7-9 pm in Franz 214 and on Thursday 2/13 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319. We will continue to refine the subsystem designs, and when they are done to satisfaction, we will move on to our next scheduled item.


posted Feb 3, 2014, 10:32 PM by UP Robotics

Sunday was a great success, thanks to everyone who stopped by. Many of us put in a 12-hour day (minus a break for the superbowl) and because of that, we have the "big picture" design basically complete, and even have a head start on the driving subsystems.

This week, we have two meetings as usual. Our general meeting is on Wednesday 2/5, from 7-9 pm in Franz 214. Our technical meeting is on Thursday 2/6 from 7-9 pm in Shiley 319.

This week (and next) we will be designing and combining subsystems. This means that two weeks from now, we need to have filled in the details of our current design. Come help us do so at the meetings on wednesday and thursday.

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