And that is the end of week 3. Wow.

Sorry we didn’t blog yesterday. Honestly, there was not much to update on. But today was a more productive day.

First and foremost, today was Damian’s birthday! Damian is definitely the coolest sophomore (sorry to all the other sophomores). I never even knew who he was until he threw up outside my hotel room at Orlando last year. But uh, that’s another story…


Anyway, my CNC adventures continued, and I actually made some good progress today. The picture shows work on the shooter arm, which I kind of failed. Let’s just say I didn’t do to well with the “e” for some reason…


But I did cut out all of the sensor mounts for our swerve drive, and got started for the next set of plates. All of that better be done on Monday.


The rest of the mechanics worked hard on the prototype and final robots. We basically have the whole prototype back together, including the defensive arm. They also worked on modifying the catching.

We got started on the final robot. Cody made the shooter arms (after I failed with the CNC). Massimo welded the final base and shooter together.

Ryan and Prajesh organized the swerve materials so that we can start building modules once I finish the plates.

The programmers continued working hard. Today Vish was doing some of the math needed for the swerve drive.


And this morning we hosted team 4471, the Spartrons in the shop. Hopefully our resources helped them out, and hopefully they can come by more often.




So another week is gone. By the end of week four, we hope to have both of our robots completely done. This is a lofty goal, but it is something we need to do as we push toward the end of the season.

Let us know where your team is at the halfway point in the comments below.


(oops, since it’s halfway, I’m talking too :D)

So week 3 is over!

Wow, this is a little crazy…

So here’s a halfway through build season summary of progress:

1) Our robot looks great! The defensive mechanism is fully functioning, the wheel plates are mounted, the circular frame is working beautifully, and things are moving right along. 🙂

2) The programmers finally had a breakthrough with the vision technology and figured out how to detect different colors (type in the color code…oops :P). Regardless, they are also making steady progress on learning how to program the swerve wheels. The individual axis movements require slightly more complex programming to shift the center of spin for turns, but we’ll get it soon.

3) Public relations, hard at work with Chairman’s Award, have made solid progress with the Executive summary and have some artistic vision on the video. They’ve booked the green room next week to begin filming- we can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with!

4) Finally, all orders for competition merchandise are in! Business team continues their great work on the Entrepreneurship award and Woodie Flowers, and they’re all making sure to stay on track with their timelines.

In other news, Jeni has created some more awesome infographics for week 2 and 3. Check them out here:

These three weeks have flown by for me, and I’d like to thank the entire team for working so hard and making every day so much fun! I know we have our most amazing season yet ahead of us, all thanks to your constant effort and pride in what you do. As always, I am proud to be a Ninjineer.


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