Week 3: Finishing The Lift System
This week in the Megahurtz workshop we started and finished our lift system, and began test driving the robot.
The main theme of this week has been the lift system. We had a slow start in the beginning, and struggled with several minor problems. These issues were soon fixed by our team of builders. We then added the chains to our robot, and tested our lift system. Thankfully, it worked! After the temporary zip ties broke and scared everyone, the builders connected the chains finally.
On Saturday, team members had the opportunity to drive the robot for the first time. Along with driving, our electronics team has begun their work on the robot. Starting at the four week mark, we are proud to say we are a week ahead of our schedule compared to past years. We hope to have extra time this year to practice with our robot.
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Week 2: Building The Chassis
This week in the MegaHurtz workshop, we've nearly finished the chassis, began working on the lift system for our robot, and set up a few social media sites.
The main project of the week has been the chassis. Pictured above is Isaac and our nearly finished chassis. A chassis, for those that don't know, is basically the main frame of a robot, or any mechanical vehicle. It will be the base for the rest of the robot, holding everything in place. Throughout the week, Isaac, Chris, and Brighton have been working hard to assemble the chassis, and worked through several issues. After an interview with Isaac, he described the main issue being the bearings. He reported that after assembling and testing gearboxes, one motor made a strange noise. After checking and cleaning all of the teeth, and testing it once again, a loud screech was heard. He later discovered that the bearings were broken, and replaced them with working ones.
Along with progress on the robot, we've created two new social media pages. MegaHurtz Robotics is now on Facebook and Instagram! Interested in the progress of the robots or the people behind the making of it? Like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, we're always posting pictures.
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Week 1: Getting Our Game Face On!
On January 6th, we began a new season in the robotics workshop. With a new theme based on old video game styles, we imminently began studying the new game and designing our newest robot. Now a week in, we've dissembled last year's robot and roughly created an idea for the structure and strategy of our newest robot. With a handful of new members, such as the pictured Brennen above, new ideas and strategies are being brought to the table.
This week we've worked on the design of our robot, worked to solve more detailed problems, and begun tearing apart the old robot from last year's game. While also working directly in the workshop, we've been working to find new sponsors and grants to raise money for our new robot. Under the support tab, you can find all of our finances laid out, and ways to help out.
Interested in this year's competition? You can find FIRST's video here. https://youtu.be/HZbdwYiCY74
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