With the build season becoming shorter and shorter by the second, pressure to finish the robot is starting to build up. Only two weeks are left, and we have a lot to work. Even though the robot isn’t finished yet, we still had enough time to start some complete testing with the robot on the practice field. The drive team and the electronics team were hard at work all day trying to figure out some of the bugs with the robot and get a general feel for the machine.
Although most of the work was focused on testing, there was still plenty going on around the program. The construction team was busy manufacturing spare parts. Animation was focused on their fantasy world project. The remaining students kept busy with preparations for our annual open house next Friday, February 14th. Come and join us!
While Yoshio, Casey and Mr. Wood tested the robot and did some testing with programs the construction support team consisting of Tyler, Kobe, Draven, Eli and Dillon printed shirts using our teams Brother direct to garment printer and our silk screening table. They were also very fortunate to enlist the help of Mr. Sean Lunasco, Kobe’s dad to assist them in the T-Shirt Printing. With our teams open house approaching Cody worked on scripts and schedules with Ms. Hirota. Cody also worked with Matt, our lead waterjet guy, to establish a maintenance log and safety guidelines.
So. Much. Polishing.
Arguably one of the busiest days of Team 359’s build season is the day that we powder coat and polish the robot. Today was that day and the team toiled hard for 13 hours to dismantle the robot (in a very meticulous fashion), clean it, powder coat it and reassemble it. The team split up into two groups, one group to powder coat and one group to polish other pieces. All in all, the team put in their best effort to get the job done. The polishing may have been a bit delirious for the kids who were sitting on high stools for hours at a time, but the reactions they got when they giggled at their own reflections was priceless. By the end of the night, the robot was more or less ready to test again. All it needed were a couple of more parts to be done cleaning and two drivers that weren’t asleep.