TDT members went to work this weekend, incorporating design changes they decided to implement after hearing some useful feedback from Paul Markun at Tampa Technik, and from Madison, at the USF Racing Team. It’s a good thing our next competition is a couple of months away, because our robot is looking a lot like a kit of parts again!
But team members have high hopes for the new improvements and we’re looking forward to seeing how everything works (whenever we get everything back together!).
Team members also spent part of the weekend mentoring FLL teams, Brick Buddies
and TechnoForce, running through practice interviews and technical judging sessions.
We’re looking forward to cheering both teams on during their upcoming competition Saturday, Dec. 12, at USF Patel Charter school, where TDT members will be volunteering.
We had a great time visiting the USF Racing Team yesterday, and got some terrific construction and design ideas from looking at their baja cars. We learned a lot about strengthening up the robot’s construction, got more ideas for improving our belt design and learned a bit about electrical considerations.
It was great fun to learn about the racing team’s design and construction process and to see this season’s car in progress.
An evening Skype meeting gave TDT members an opportunity to discuss some of the new ideas and what they want to accomplish at their next couple of meetings this month.
Lots to do, and actually a decent amount of time to do it (64 days until our next competition!) if everyone stays focused and on task.
TDT is heading over to visit the USF Racing Team Thursday, to get some mentoring insights from Society of Automotive Engineers student members, who design, fabricate, and race Baja and Formula cars. Like FTC team members, USF Racing Team members “must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.”
Although SAE students have fewer materials constraints, they’re accustomed to working within time and cost limitations to design machines that meet competition needs. We’re excited to have the opportunity to visit the Racing Team again (we first met with them back in September, before we had a robot) , and can’t wait to hear their thoughts on our current robot design, to get some ideas for improvements before our next competition in February.