In order to discuss strategies in our team and with others at the competition, we have decided to build a 3D-model of the playing field and print it. Some impressions of the progress we have made thus far will follow.
One thing that is really useful when praticising is an app to keep track of the score. This year our programmers wanted to test out their skills and give back to the FIRST community. That is why we are currently developing a scoring application.
Today we have achieved a simple app, where you can click buttons to score every element. The number of elements scored is shown, as well as the total score, which is calculated in real time.
However the UI is a bit ugly and there some functionality is missing.
- Take back score
- Show summary
- Make chronometer run backwards
Today we met to write letters to sponsors. We have created a Google Spreadsheet for better management, where everyone notes the business they have written to, as well as the date. Our letter is standardised as well, but there are some tweaks, to make it feel more personal, like adding the product of the business.
Working for hours we have achieved to write more than 100 sponsors. We hope that some of them will answer to our requests.
Here is an idea that Alexis had for putting the fuel-cubes into the combustion-plant.
Our robot builds a bridge between itself and the combustion-plant using a rope. Then the robot extends above that of the plant. If the rope is taut, the cubes can slide down this bridge straight into the plant.
Today we discussed our driving chassis and how many motors we want to use.
The kit arrived finally arrived the day after our finals were over. Perfect timing! We were already looking forward to the unboxing but we had to wait for Friday because we wanted everybody to be present.
(But we did check out the list of parts included in the kit before that, it was too hard to resist the temptation)
All in all, we like this kit a lot better than last year’s. Most things are in greater quantity and we were especially happy to find that the amount of UHMWPE cord has been raised – no need to take the cord apart this year!
But of course, we also had fun working together. Ordering a pizza and adding the carton to our collection is a must (it shows just how many long days we spent in school building robots over the last year).
Thanks to a short break between our finals, we had the chance to meet up for a first discussion of this year’s game design. For that, we decided to meet in a Brauhaus for a typically German meal (Linsen & Spätzle) – and, of course, the obligatory beer, a must in a Brauhaus (though our youngest team member had apple juice, as he is not yet of legal drinking age in Germany).
We spent hours talking about the task and defining the challenges and our notes have come to reflect it. From the general organization and sponsoring to the robot game, we have made huge process. After a general discussion, we have agreed on a strategy and robot design. Now we just have to start building to see if it’s going to work out!
But of course we also had fun together eating ice cream and visiting a movie festival taking place in Stuttgart!
Today we met in a Brauhaus to discuss general strategies. We first divided the challenge into several sub-challenges. These are the drive, the fuel cubes, the solar-panels and the wind turbine.
The most important principles are these: Continue reading “Discussing General Strategies”
Yesterday we discussed some general organisational stuff and how we want to go about getting sponsors. We decided that everyone should write sponsors, in order to reach as many sponsors as possible. Robert will create a Google Spreadsheet in which we will all log whom we have already written. The letter to sponsors is already finished.
This year we want to communicate more with teams. That is why Alexis will create social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram). Our main platform shall be this blog.
We are so incredibly pumped to be part of FIRST Global this year! You cannot believe how excited we were to know that we would be able to attend this year as well. And in the great Mexico City of all places.
So let us introduce ourselves. We are Alexis, Eylert, Kira, Lynn and Robter from Team Germany from Stuttgart and we all attend the public high school Königin-Katharina-Stift. Last year we participated in the FIRST Global challenge as well and we think that the whole event was one hell of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
FIRST is about Inspiration and Recognition of science, right? That’s why this year we don’t want to only build one awesome robot. We’ve set some new goals as well. One thing that really struck us about FIRST Global was the international community and the cooperation between everyone. We would love to contribute to that and that is also one of the reasons of this blog. We hope to make this blog a place of interaction, communication and want to publish our progress, our robot and the problems we’ve overcome. Hopefully your team will be able to find some information here. But don’t forget to get to know us and have fun!
To get everyone in the mood for the challenge: Here’s a pic from last years event. We bet this year is going to be even greater!
Have fun getting excited for this years challenge!