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Week 6

posted Feb 17, 2015, 6:29 PM by Donovan Carlson   [ updated Feb 17, 2015, 6:29 PM by Jeffrey Kangas ]

Week 5

posted Feb 5, 2015, 6:31 PM by Donovan Carlson   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 10:04 AM by Jeffrey Kangas ]

This week we finished building and coding the robot, and fine tuning the robots abilities! And continued work with our new 3-D printer! Build Season is almost over, this means the competitions are coming up! We will be competing in two events this year, one in the Twin Cities! and one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

Weekly Challenges:
Programming: What output does a > function give.
Business: If our team's income looks like the graph of -(x^2-3)+40, what week did we have the most income and what was the income that week?
Electrical: Why do the Victors not need a 5V (red) wire?
Design: What does this describe? A section of technology that deals with the study and application of pressurized gas to produce mechanical motion.
Mechanical: How could you make an automatic rubber band gun?

Week 4

posted Feb 5, 2015, 6:26 PM by Donovan Carlson   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 10:05 AM by Jeffrey Kangas ]

This week we continued on build and tweaking as we build. This week we started practicing driving on a practice robot, and using the *ALMOST* complete robot. And we had a new 3-D printer delivered to the team! The team used it to fabricate parts, make keychains and jewelry!
Weekly Challenges
Programming: What structure would you use to change what something does depending on a Boolean.
Business: Why do sponsors sponsor sports teams like robotics? (What do they get out of it?)
Electrical: Why are there 3 wires on PWM cables?
Design: What does this descibe: A device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into energy.
Mechanical: How would you build a pneumatic thrower using only a syringe?

Week 3

posted Feb 5, 2015, 6:23 PM by Donovan Carlson   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 10:06 AM by Jeffrey Kangas ]

This week we continued building and rebuilding! :) We also refined our design, and made great progress compared to last year! In conjunction with Park, East Ridge, Math and Science Academy robotics teams and built a practice field. 

Weekly Challenges
Programming: What is the difference between Tank and Arcade Drive?
Business: If a sponsor could donate 10% of his/her profits, and he/she profits $40 per hour and works 6 hours a day for 5 days of the week, how much did he/she give over the course of one year?
Electrical: Why do we call the negative terminal "ground" ?
Design: What does this describe: a device that converts power (usually from an electric motor, a diesel engine or a gasoline engine) into kinetic energy by pressurizing the atmospheric gases used in breathing and photosynthesis.
Mechanical: How would you make a paper airplane that has no wings (it is possible)?

Week Two

posted Feb 5, 2015, 5:26 PM by Donovan Carlson   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 10:06 AM by Jeffrey Kangas ]

This week we continued prototyping and started to build this years robot. We came up with a strategy for this years build and business. 

Heres the kickoff video if you missed it!

Weekly Challenges
Programming: What are the pros and cons of using omni wheels?
Business: If you were to offer a sponsor 30 % of this robotics club for $20,000, how much would our club be worth?
Electrical: How do you spell the metal used to join electrical wires (pronounced saw'-der) ?
Design: What does this describe: Two rows of protruding teeth which are made to link in rows, combining tens to hundreds of specially shaped metal or plastic teeth. The teeth are combined by a slider, operated by hand.
Mechanical: How would you build a latch that breaks on cue but puts itself back together immediately afterwords.

Week One and Kick Off!

posted Jan 28, 2015, 5:17 PM by Parker Owings   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 5:17 PM by Jeffrey Kangas ]

Hello all! 
With build season starting tomorrow, we are getting pumped up! Here is a funny video about the excitement of tomorrow! Here is the official game hint!

Here are the times and dates we will be meeting next week along with the mentors coming. The meetings during the school week are optional to go to, but the meetings on the weekends are attended by most of the team.

I repeat, do not worry if you cannot make it to all of the meetings during the week, the meetings on the weekends are when we get the most done.

For a little fun, here are your challenges of the week:
Programming:       What year was LabVIEW released? And for what platform (Windows, Apple OS, Linux)?
Business:             What popular show has hopeful entrepreneurs go to "Loan Sharks" that invest in their companies?
Electrical:             What are the 3 motor controllers that will be legal for the 2015 season of FRC Robotics?
Design:                What is this describing: A fabric that contains hooks and loops.
Mechanical:          How would you build a machine that throws boomerangs.

Aadarsh Padiyath
FRC Team 3206
The Royal T-Wrecks

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