Just a quick update on the travel components. Heres what everyone said...
"Hey guys how are you feeling about the trip and the progress of the robot"
Dalton: "I'm super excited"
Paul: "I'm super excited"
Jimmy: "I'm super excited...slightly worried about the progress."
Abby: "I'm super excited. A little bit worried about driving the robot in competition"
Kerry: "Just waiting on the response for ECOS and the funding situation. Other than that I'm super excited and a little worried about the progress"
Steph: "I'm ecstatic about it, I'm gaining so much experience from this on several fronts. Traveling to another country, traveling by plane, and participating in a technology based competition. They're all firsts for me
I'm pretty sure everyone is feeling a bit overwhelmed with the lack of progress but I know with this team we can pull through and get caught up in no time.
We are two days into the semester and we are ready to take a break from class. Luckily the team is meeting today to work on HAL 3000...More and more modifications are happening and we are getting super excited about the trip.
-Dalton and Jimmy are debating on whether to use an Arduino for line following. However they have come to the conclusion to go with the raspberry pi (they did not completely veto the Arduino).
-Jimmy is converting code from Robokits to python for line following and our pixy cam.
- Mr Bruce is Cleaning up our chassis which was 3D printed and designed by Paul
-Mr. Bruce is also doing a little bit of recruiting with the class next door.
Back at it today! We are putting the robot back together so that our drivers can begin practicing (me...I need to practice) although we ran into a slight oopsies when we had to search through the bins of screwdrivers for the right one... It turns out Mr. Bruce took it home...No worries we eventually found a screwdriver that worked!
Guess what?!?!? We are getting closer and closer to the new semester which means only a few months before the competition! Can I get a "Woohoo"?!? The team is currently researching and discussing costs and options for getting us from New Mexico to England. Having to stay within a tight budget, we found a very good deal on airfare and accommodations! We plan on hosting a few more fundraisers to help out, but for the most part the team has purchased their tickets and are ready to embark on this adventure .
Yeah that's right, back and better than ever. Paul got down into it, as he began using his brain power to come up with the new chassis. How did he do it you might ask? With just a little bit of focusing on strength and a minimalist point of view he was able to come up with the idea. In addition he spent 4 months(realistically-two afternoons of serious hard work) to learn a new software called Fusion 360. Fourteen hours later and 1 kilo of plastic, our chassis was born.
Our expected changes
-Hard wire mounts
-forming the design
-implementing changes and working creative work around.
It’s that time of year again. Jimmy Alexander Here...
As CNM students are starting up the 5th week of classes, the Solar Cat’s Team is starting up our now yearly #PiWars Robotics fun! We have started setting up additional meeting times so that we can work on creating the BEST ROBOT EVER!!!!!!! As we are just getting started we do not have a whole lot to update everyone on, but we decided we would give a brief overview of some of the ideas we have come up with so far.
Ideas: (NOTE: Some(most) of these ideas will not make it past the planning stage)
Things we plan on keeping from last year’s robot:
-Electrical engineering and software development major
-20 years old
- I like playing video games and tinkering with 3D printers.
-1st year to Piwars, Never left the US
-Secretary of Hackerspace and 1st year in Hackerspace
Dalton is driving and programming
-Computer programming major
-23 years old
- I like programming, robotics, and doing nothing.
-2nd year attending Piwars
-2nd year in Hackerspace
-President of Hackerspace
Jimmy is in charge of programming
-Cyber security major (associates in web technologies)
-25 years old
- My hobbies are reading a lot and binge watching my favorite shows
-1st year attending Piwars, Never left the US
-New member to Hackerspace
Programming back up driver
-29 years old
- My hobbies include playing video games M.O.B.A
-Has been out of the country but have never participated in Piwars
-Vice President of Hackerspace
Paul has been working on designing of the robot
-CNM Computer information systems faculty
- My hobbies are playing with computers, board games, watching sports, traveling
-has participated in Piwars for 3 years
-19 years old
- My hobbies include playing video games, playing with my dog, and scuba diving
-I've been out of the country but haven't participated in Piwars
-1st year member of Hackerspace
Abby is working on blogging/historian and is a driver
My name is Abigail, I'm a CNM student currently in pursuit of a biology degree. My current role in the team is to clean up/organize the lab, blog/take photos, and I'm one of the drivers for our robot.