Today's a big day for the team! Finally bag and tag day is here. The stakes are high and most of the team has the flu or a bad cough. We are finalizing the robot and should be done by the end of today. The name is yet to be determined but we are currently brainstorming some ideas. The design for our competition shirt is completed with minor changes from last years version. We tested out our shooter a few days ago. Above is a picture of our team hard at work on the robot.

Today's a big day for the team! Finally bag and tag day is here. The stakes are high and most of the team has the flu or a bad cough. We are finalizing the robot and should be done by the end of today. The name is yet to be determined but we are currently brainstorming some ideas. The design for our competition shirt is completed with minor changes from last years version. We tested out our shooter a few days ago. Above is a picture of our team hard at work on the robot.

WEEK 5

WEEK 5

We are now starting the fifth week of build season. The Electronics Department has been preparing to wire the robot. We also have finalized the gear holster and decided to add in a servo that will rotate so the gear holster sheet can drop down. The shooter has been tested multiple times but it’s still a work in progress. The battery holder was also finished and we have continued to test our intake. We are looking to finish our robot by the end of this week so we can start driving and testing the systems in an actual situation.

Week 4

Week 4

We’ve attached the scaler and intake systems to the robot and tested the intake with “fuel”, green whiffle balls. We tested different speeds to find out which one would take up the least amount of battery power, while still getting the task done. We’re designing our competition t-shirts and have a goal of finishing the design by the week's end. Above is our teams co president, Brian, who confidently stated "Did somebody say St. Louis?".

week 3

week 3

Last night our school had their winter ball so we decided to have our own robotics winter ball. We worked on the robot while jamming out to Taylor Swift. We improved on the chassis and the bumper. The Gear holster moved from the back of the robot to the intake and we moved the shooter to the back of the robot. New merchandise was beginning to be designed for our website’s store. Later in the night our teams co-president and mentor had an epic dodgeball battle and our co-president did not win.

Week Three

Week Three

Today two of our teams members taught us Photoshop. We all learned how to add new layers, text, and color to the background. It was a productive day. Two gear boxes were made yesterday and we checked all of the bearings on the chassis and the dimensions of it, before beginning full assembly. Yesterday we had a team meeting to ensure we all were working as efficiently as possible. Each member officially chose their group on the team and verified what they wanted to work on.

       Today we are working on assembling the chassis. The parts arrived yesterday and we'  re trying to finish it. We are planning to finish as much of the loading station markup as possible. The wiring for the camera has been completed and we've tried to reflect light off of the reflective tape to see how effective it is. If anyone is interested in sponsoring our team all of our contact and social media information is at the bottom of the websites page, and any contributions are welcome. Attached is a photo of the wiring of both the LED light and camera.

Today we are working on assembling the chassis. The parts arrived yesterday and we're trying to finish it. We are planning to finish as much of the loading station markup as possible. The wiring for the camera has been completed and we've tried to reflect light off of the reflective tape to see how effective it is. If anyone is interested in sponsoring our team all of our contact and social media information is at the bottom of the websites page, and any contributions are welcome. Attached is a photo of the wiring of both the LED light and camera.

Week 2

Week 2

This is now the second week of build season! We have been very busy this week with many different projects. Everyone set out to organize and sort all our parts to make finding pieces as efficient and quick as possible. This week members have been working hard on finalizing the intake system and the shooter. Our public relations has been working on team posters with three different versions and a possible update of the team logo. On our wall we successfully put up a large calendar to put all of our important dates down. Some of our projects include revamping the Chairman's Award, the safety manual, and parts for the chassis. One of our goals is updating the blog more often so get ready for weekly updates! 

Week 6

Week 6

This is the sixth and final week of build season, and it has been, by far, the most eventful week! After weeks of working, members of our Public Relations team finished and submitted the Media and Technology Innovation Award. Other members started to formulate strategies for the upcoming competitions, while others began drive practice. We also focused a large portion of our time on the scaling device. This week we fabricated and attached the scaling device to the robot chassis. We also finalized the manipulation arm during this past week. The manipulation arm will be used to traverse the Drawbridge and the Cheval de Frise defenses. Lastly, after a team-wide vote, our team finalized our robot’s name: Magni, after the Norse God of Strength.

Week 5

Week 5

There is only one week left until bag day and Team 5112 is still making great progress with the robot! The Gongoliers’ website has been greatly improved to ensure that our team has the best chance at winning the Media and Technology Innovation Award. This week, some of the team members have spent their time perfecting the intake and shooter mechanism; we are all excited to begin driving practice. Other members have been working diligently and have finally finished the design for the scaling device, which is essential for scoring the maximum number points at the upcoming competitions. Also, the programming team has focused their time on wiring and coding the robot.  Lastly, a few members of the team have been refining the teleop programs, which include calibrating the shooter and other basic commands. With help from this many team members, we will soon have a robot that is ready for competition!

Week 4

Week 4

As the competition draws closer, the team has been meeting for hours every single day to work on the robot. Unfortunately, we have been hit by a few snowstorms in the past week that have set us back in our progress.  Despite the delays, we were able to make progress building the superstructure and revising and finalizing the design for the scaling device. Members of the team were also able to install the intake rollers and complete a design for the mechanism that kicks the ball into the shooter. We have been working on the flywheel box which holds the ball before it is launched as well.  

Several members of the team have dedicated their time to working on the Media and Technology Innovation Award.  This award requires our team to significantly improve our website by going over the website and refining some components.  Our webmasters have been working to create a survey to receive feedback on the website and make sure our website is completely up to date on all of the information regarding our team, our outreach and our progress in this build season.  

Week 3

Week 3

Every team member has been working diligently to complete the robot in time for competition. For the first time, we were able to turn on and drive the robot with a working chassis. The programming team played a big part in this accomplishment by laying out and setting up all of the electronic aspects. Other members of the team have been working on the shooting device, it’s intake mechanism, and scaling designs. With so many team members working around the clock, we will soon have a working robot. Along with designing and building the robot, some members have dedicated their time to working on the Chairman’s Award.  We’re happy to announce that we submitted the finished product earlier this week! We also have been working on other awards such as the Woodie Flowers Award, the Engineering Inspiration Award and the 2016 Media and Technology Innovation Award which are due throughout February.  So many team members have been working hard and giving countless hours of their time to ensure that the robot will be the best it can be. It's hard to believe we are already half way through build season!

Week 2

Week 2

Creating, Revising and Redesigning

These past two weeks have been nothing short of productive. We’ve been working diligently without rest every day after school. Several different designs for both shooter and chassis have been created, revised and redesigned. We were able to settle on a design for both and it is now just a matter of obtaining the supplies and building. We faced some challenges with both of these and we’re positive more are sure to come. Thankfully, we are prepared to take them head on! The competition is on its way!