TDT members are pulling out all the stops in a headlong rush to our next ROBOT League meet on Saturday, December 8 at Middleton High School. There’s a lot of ground to make up, but team members are in good spirits, with new skills falling into place with fresh understanding after their first competition.
Bennett’s making hay with the CAD, and Mark’s knocking out the programming, while Ryder, Matthew, and Joshua make short work of robot mechanical reconstruction. The team is clicking, meshing teamwork gears as nicely as robot gears. Feeling festive in the fine early winter Florida weather, everyone got in a hot chocolate break and in a mellow moment, collectively decided to name this year’s robot – Sheldon!
Why? Why not?!
Tomorrow night, team members head over to Suncoast Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers meeting, to showcase their work and speak with SME members about this year’s design and build process and the team’s FIRST competition
experiences so far.
Saturday, TDT meets at Super Mentor Paul Markun’s Tampa Technik shop, and Sunday, some team members will be volunteering at Learning is for Everyone’s TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012 event – where they’ll get to hear former FRC student and current UCF Marketing studies senior, Tim Arnold, who also describes himself as an”innovator and disruptor”, as well as other great young presenters – while others will be meeting for drive practice.
It’s a whirlwind week, but Team members – and Sheldon! – are up to it!
TDT members went to work Saturday sharing prototypes and sketches, and discussing ideas for the new season build. With an all-new team, most fresh to the FIRST experience, just getting started is a big challenge. But team members gamely jumped in, seriously considering one another’s ideas and weighing in with some thoughtful insights.
TDT founding member, Chris Willingham, now a team mentor, introduced the group to CAD basics, and we learned we’re a few parts short of a basic build, so we’ve got some things on order. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a basic drive train underway at our next meeting, before we head out to visit the nearby Backyard Workshop, to learn about some cool machines and tools and see some CNC work underway for sponsor Learning is for Everyone’s TEDxYouth@TampaBay event.
reconnecting with the SME, whose long time academic and fiscal support of Team Duct Tape is deeply appreciated!
We also enjoyed having Barack and George, a visiting pair of tan and white sibling poodles, at our meeting. They set the gold standard for Gracious Professionalism in a way we can only hope the parties of their namesakes can rise to achieve. And they were pretty good role models for us, too!
TDT 5.0 hit the ground planning, at their post-kick-off meeting this past weekend. We learned a lot from our three robot build last season, namely never ever to go into a build project without understanding the requirements, and planning a solid design around them.
Our new team members got that idea right away and set to work exercising their teamwork skills to evaluate the different types of tasks Ring it Up! requires a robot to be able to do, and the most efficient and high scoring ways to do those things.
While everyone was eager to start building, everyone wants a quality build and so they put their heads together to think things through. The result – lots and lots of drawings!
Next week, we’ll be continuing to refine our strategy and prototype designs, and thinking about ways to move multiple rings and how to determine the weight of rings, to help score the weighted ring.
We’re “sticking” to solid engineering practices this season and we’re confident we’ll have a stellar robot to show for it!