Author: robotics

Week 9

Mechanically certain issues with the bot were identified and fixed within the first few days of this week. Specifically, with the placement of the battery and the ball intake which both already have a solution in mind which will be worked on throughout this week. The ball track design and intake were finalized and mounted…
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Week 8: Feb. Break

Team 2869 was free this week to focus on building our machine and the practice field because classes were not in session over the February break.The carpentry for the field elements was completed and the polycarbonate sheets (Lexan) for the trenches and control panels were cut. Cutting out a 2’8″ diameter circle with a bandsaw…
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Week 4 Jan. 27 – Feb. 1

We decided to not test our week 3 shooting mechanism with a motor because it looked like we couldn’t get the wheel to make enough contact with the ball. We debated how and where to add another wheel for further acceleration and the team decided to build a dual wheel system similar to what we…
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Week 3 January 20–25

This was midterm week at Bethpage High School, but we still were able to work on most days, even if some members of the team were busy taking exams. We made considerable progress constructing the field elements. All of the components for the power ports have been cut and one was assembled for us to…
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Week 3 (Jan. 18)

The team worked on the questions for the chairman’s award.Our drivetrain was completed with Neo motors and spark max controllers so we will have encoders. All of the wood for the port was cut. A new CAD diagram was created with design that allows us to store and shoot the power cells.The team then went…
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Day 6–8 (Jan. 14)

We created a proof of concept in CAD for the ball intake, and a elevator for the switch.  We obtained additional colored vinyl to build our “switch color wheel”.   CAD drawings were created for the shield generator to plan how to build it out of wood and metal (for our regal eagle rampage). Left…
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Day 0 – 2

Our team watched the live stream and then we began to read the manual. By the afternoon we started generating ideas for a ball intake and a shooting mechanism. Our former captain Blake von der Esch (right) even stopped by to help! The following are some ideas we considered: Ball intake and shooting ideas: With…
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