What did all this confusion mean? More prototyping, of course! A group led by Annie "made a V-shaped gripper that is an inanimate spring-loaded thing with two large wheels with the sticky stuff and foam that fits to the shape of the various tubes." Tobi also made a mechanism that would allow the gripper to rotate.
Meanwhile, Sarah, Anna, Shifrah, and mentors Holly and Santhi worked on the minibot. After opening the Tetrix box, they talked about new designs based off of the previous Lego design. They also tested the Tetrix motors and put the wheels together.
All the while, the programming team sat down and listened to mentor Jessa explain threads and synchronization (notes will be uploaded to the website shortly!). Afterward, they downloaded Netbeans and the FRC plug-ins; they then looked at the WPI Robotics Library, "the set of Java classes that interfaces to the hardware in the FRC control system and the robot" and the Calgames code.
And just for reference, here is the time line for the next few weeks:
1/16-1/22: Design Week
1/23-1/29: Design Week
1/30-2/5: Build Week
2/6-2/12: Programming Week
2/13-2/19: Test Week
2/20-2/22: Ship WeekLet's hope that we can follow it!
Also, if anyone has the pro and con chart typed up, post it so that we can document our thought process, yeah?