Build Season Week 3 2011

Bending Brackets for the RobotNow at 26 days to Ship, the competition is approaching quickly. This past week has been very productive, especially for the mechanical and programming teams. The chassis was assembled and now the team has moved on to designing the control board. Also, the minibot prototype evolved to a climbing bot. The lift actuator team added motors to the rapidly progressing model. CAD is steadily fixing and updating their designs as other subteams make adjustments.

A great leap in readying for competition: the robot was up and driving! Though only on tether for now, driver training commenced and we were able to narrow down the possible driver candidates, to be furthered next week. Next week our wireless system should be ready as well, giving our drive team a better feel for maneuvering during competition. Our programming and chassis teams are working to refine the design, as the subteams come together in a solid coalition.

Driving on TetherThe safety team gave a presentation this week about personal protective equipment, complemented by a second on fire extinguishers. Web team continues editing, repairing errors, and keeping all sections up-to-date. Chairman’s team has been working with various testimonials to fit our desired format and tone. We will continue to develop both the robot and written component for competition. Up next week: naming the host and minibots!
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