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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Week 4 Update - Whatever You Do, Do It Well

“What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”
-Walt Disney

First off, the blog author has to offer apologies for not updating throughout this week. Our team has made a conscious effort to update more through Twitter (@Team3313) and our YouTube Channel (Team3313Mechatronics) than the blog this year. Also, our YouTube videos are much more edited and scripted than in the past so that takes up some of the blog writing time. Not really excuses, just explaining why plans and updates have changed recently.


YouTube: Pneumatics Update

The entire shooter assembly got mounted on the competition robot. We did a presentation on pneumatics to a 7th period class. That led us to get the entire pneumatics system mounted and ready. It took us a while to get the loader piston mounted because we played around with angles of it. Eventually we found the sweet spot.

Executive summary kept plodding along. The executive summary is 6 questions and each answer can only be 500 characters. That's about 3 tweets which is extremely short. But it's coming along.


We installed the feeder ramp. This has been repeated many times but it takes a long time to get the measurements correct and everything spaced right and looking the way we wanted it to.


YouTube: Robot Ride Along
                Practice Run #1

Bryce installed underglow on the robot so it glows blue and looks awesome. We also mounted the hooks for the 10 pt. hang.

The other big excitement was that Tyler and his dad, Dan, finished the battery cart! It looks amazing! We had major battery issues last year at the Regional so we are very excited for some organization!


YouTube: Practice Run #2

Lots of autonomous programming happened. Allen and Dalton have their time to shine. They finished programming autonomous from the front of the pyramid (where we get 2 discs) and started autonomous from the back (where we get 3 discs).

We also practiced A TON and did a lot of videos and pictures. This practice time is invaluable.

The Executive Summary is oh so very close to being done. Need to get that finished and start on the Chairman's Essay.


YouTube: Open House

We held our Open House!!! We estimated we had at least 50 people show up. There was a pretty large group of younger kids which was awesome. We did not do a great job promoting the event (just too busy right now). So given those circumstances, it was fantastic.

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