Saturday, February 20, 2010
Attending the mini-regional turned out to be a very good thing, since we learned a lot about how the game this year works. We were originally planning to have fabric on the top of the robot that would catch balls that were returning to the field (see our "About Breakaway" page for more information), but after seeing that only about two or three goals were scored per alliance per match, we decided that it would be better to go with a solid top. We are now mounting Plexiglas onto the top of the robot. We also learned that it will be very important that we go over the bumps straight, since many teams who hit them at an angle flipped over. We also understand the importance of the lifter, since we could easily double our score within the final 20 seconds of play if we lift correctly. All this will help us greatly in the actual competition in April.
Friday, February 19, 2010
We are attending the mini-regional competition at Eagan High School tomorrow, which will be a great way for us to get some preliminary practice and see what other teams are doing with their robots. It runs all day, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. It'll be a busy evening tonight, though, as we finalize everything we can about our robot, like the kicker, lifter, and everything else.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
We have been working on the robot like crazy in preparation for the Eagan Mini Regional coming up this Saturday (take a look at the calendar for more info) and we are making excellent progress. We plan to do a kicker test later today and we are working on cushioning the electronics board and other features. Stay tuned to the videos section of our site for when the result goes live!