Bag and Tag Day

Bag and Tag Day

It's now the last day left in build season, so we have to finish everything today. Our inboard Intake is on the robot and after playing around with tensioning it appears to be in working order and can hold cubes. The outboard intake has also been attached to the robot and has been wired up and functions properly. The elevator was one of the first things to be attached to the chassis after it was assembled. The winch that moves the elevator also has been assembled and put on the chassis and the elevator works going up and down. We are spending our last 6 hours before bag and tag testing everything and making sure everything works. Programming and controls is working hard to fix any issues with wiring getting in the way of the moving parts and touching up our autonomous code. We have autonomous operations completed (reaching the baseline), and have a preliminary version of the scale and switch auto commands posted on our GitHub page.  You can view our current robot code in its glorious open-source state at https://github.com/Gongoliers/GongoliersRobot2018. That code is licensed under the MIT license, so you are free to use it in your robot code if you provide us attribution. We have a few concerns regarding our autonomous program’s reliance on encoders and gyros, since we have limited experience with each.

Our bumpers are going to be finished before the end of today. All in all, we are in a good position to be finished by the end of today and ready for bag and tag.

 

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The cube intake up and running!

Week 6

With bag and tag day only 13 days away, the entire team is working as hard as possible to finish everything for the robot. We had a small problem with our chain tension that we are currently resolving. Our elevator is fully assembled and mounted to the chassis after a few minor modifications to make sure that it was running as smooth as possible. One group has been working very hard on the arms that we are using for our external intake system and another has been working on the carriage that will be carrying the power cubes up to the switch and scale.

Media and public relations have been working on all of our logos and merchandise that will be made very soon. They have also started to design and paint the BotCave where our programming and controls group spends much of their time and where many parts are stored. Finally, competition department just began to put together our pits so that way we can fully consider where everything will be when we go to competition. Stay updated by checking in often!

 Mr. Gongoleski (and his beautiful sweater) explaining just how little time is left in build season.

Mr. Gongoleski (and his beautiful sweater) explaining just how little time is left in build season.

First February Update

Greetings Gongolier followers! We have an update on our robot! This past Friday we hosted a Star Wars themed Robo-ball, as the Ponaganset school was having the Winter Ball. During the Robo-ball we completed our chassis, and are currently tweaking our final designs for the robot. We have yet to finalize our climbing designs, and so are unable to complete our decision on where our electronics board shall be placed. We have also begun our placement of our gear boxes, but have yet to finalize the placement of said boxes.

We have been having some technical issues with the new coding of Robot Builder, as we have an issue losing packages when we run the motors on our prototype intake system. Our CAD files are nearly completed and we have yet to finalize our climbing component. But, as a team, we are coming along nicely! We are up to date on many of our guidelines, and so are being the best team we can be!

    ----Seth Drexler P&C Department

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Ty, Steven, and Angie working on the cad model

Week 3 Update

In our third week, the media and public relations department is much more than busy! Many of our graphic design team members are working on team merchandise, posters, and many of pictures of past robots. Our assistant director is currently filming portions of the Chairman's Award video and will be submitting that at the Southeast Massachusetts FRC competition. Many other department members have been posting on our other social media accounts, so check them out to learn more about what we are doing. In other news we have began prototyping and testing our arm intake device and working on other parts as well. Check in often for updates on our team!

 A prototype for our outboard intake system! 

A prototype for our outboard intake system! 

Quick Update From The Build Department

We’re now into the second week of build season and so far we’ve been brainstorming and creating prototypes for the different manipulators. Our Director of Design has finished the CAD file of our chassis and we finished assembling our gearboxes and taught new team members how to build them and how they work on the robot. We’re excited to continue building and get further into build season. Check here often for frequent updates as we continue on!

Week 2 Programming and Controls Update

Week 2 Programming and Controls Update

Greetings Gongolier followers!  We have an update on the electronics board along with some programming work we’ve begun.  To start off, we’ve connected all the basic essential electronics from the PDP to the Radio.  After finishing wiring the electronics board, we re-imaged the RoboRio and the wireless radio.  Next, we connected all the VictorSPs we are planning to use this year in preparation for the number of motors we will be using.  While assembling two gearboxes to run our drivetrain, we hooked up four CIMs using the Powerpole connectors.  We are excited to test out the Powerpole connectors for the first time this year.  Along with these, we are also excited to use the Rev radio PoE cable and the am-3583 Robot Signal Light, making our electronics setup much more efficient and less error prone.

Our programming group created a project which runs the CIMs in either direction at a varying speed in order to cycle through them.  We were able to quickly identify and fix a small issue with one portion of the program, in which the RobotMap class was never initialized.  We will be adding the functionality to increase or decrease the speed of the CIM motors while the program is running.  Finally, we plan to start the outline of our main competition program very soon.

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The Programming and Controls Department

Kickoff 2018!

Kickoff 2018!

The day that we have long been anticipated has finally arrived! After watching the FIRST Power Up release video, the team eagerly began to analyze the game and develop our ideas on what our key performance parameters. Even though there were some arguments and foolish ideas, we came up with many great ideas. Recently, we have been designing and prototyping different parts of the robot. Other members of the team are working on the chassis and making sure that everything is going according to plan. Stay tuned for more updates about build season!

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Watching the kickoff video!

 A team member explaining the game field

A team member explaining the game field

Mid December Update

Mid December Update

With nearly 3 weeks until kickoff, we are working very hard to make sure that we are as prepared as possible for the big day. Recently, we had a group of people visit Team 78 Air Strike to learn more about chassis. We have also been doing electronics classes to teach the team more about identifying and using parts for the robot. Finally, we have been mentoring 2 local FLL teams that got their first look at competition. Check in often for updates as we get closer to kickoff!

 Our visit to Team 78 Air Strike!

Our visit to Team 78 Air Strike!

Unified Pep Rally!

Today, our school received the honor of being 1 of 4 schools in the country to receive ESPN’s award for unified sports this year. There was a large pep rally where sports anchors, news channels, the state governor, and the CEO of Special Olympics Rhode Island were in attendance. To show our support, the team dressed up our past robots and drove them before the event began. It was great to see the look of wonder on a news cameraman’s face as the robot rushed by him! Stay updated on the team’s activities by checking here weekly and happy Thanksgiving!

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Ready for action! 

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Our wonderful team of drivers for the event! 

As we are close to 50 days away from build season, the the team is hard at work. Recently, our meetings have been about learning new skills and activities like electronics identification and fasteners. The media team is hard at work reworking the team logos. Stay tuned for weekly updates as we get closer and closer to kickoff and build season. 

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      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.