Lots to do today! The FTC build team worked on replacing the fishing line in the arm that was used during tests with actual wire for the competition. An issue that came up today was that the shooter arm was rotating too fast and couldn’t load the balls properly. Also, if the arm started in the “up” position, it would only be able to shoot 2 balls or it would jam. The students decided to set the arm to start in the “down” or loaded position and to work with the programing team in slowing down the rotation of the arm so the next ball would have time to travel to the loading area before the arm would shoot again.
The FRC students got divided into 3 subteams. The first team was on charge of dismantling “Roadkill” our robot from last season. Because this year’s game also requires a fast robot, the students were instructed to save the drive train. The next subteam worked on figuring out a way to make everything fit in the robot using the whiteboard to draw sketches. Finally, the last team worked on assembling a device that will allow us to test the design for climbing up the rope.
Exciting progress for sure!