Thursday, March 19, 2015

February 22, 2015 - Starting from Ground Zero!

Hello Blogger,

We are the Charging Champions, FTC Team #8660. This is our third blog (for February 22, 2015). Over the past couple of weeks, we have been making several changes to our robot.

We just competed in the Los Angeles Regional Tournament in Monrovia High School. Last Tuesday, we found out that we were moving on to the super-regional tournament (Hooray!). So we decided to redo our robot, as our old model was not very scale-able.

Earlier, our robot had one point for entry, and the same point let out the balls. This time, we plan to have a robot that collects balls in one end and lets them out through another end. We also plan to drag the rolling goals around.

We also planned on having two pulleys, one on either end to lift up the basket. This will give our basket stability.

There were several ideas put on the table for our basket. Some included:

  1. A square basket with a gate in the back to let out the balls
  2. An L-shaped tubular basket that tilts to let out the balls.
Those were the two main basket ideas. There were a lot of ideas, but team members with similar ideas combined ideas.

We hope to decide our basket design by the end of this week. 

That's it for this week! Stay tuned for more!

The Charging Champions
FTC Team #8660
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