Today we did a jumble of things. We continued prototyping the minibot with the NXJ (NXT with Java) and Meghana and Teresa had some fun creating Lego forts using sensors. The minibot can climb up the pole, but we are not planning on using the Lego system for the final product as the motors are slow and time is of the essence.
On the programming side, Gadre and Kylie spent time doing the all-important task of updating our Classmate for the 2011 season. We are going to program our robot in Java.
Stephen helped Divya with sensors and programming strategy for the game. Sensors are an integral part of this year's challenge as line-following and color recognition are essential for an accurate game.
Anna continued CADing up the robot in Solidworks. She finished the chassis today, seen below, and worked on a scissor lift and a four-bar linkage model.
On the sad side, we were hoping to socialize with FIRST Team 8, the Paly Vikings, but alas the meeting did not come through. Back to school tomorrow!
~Annie, Build Lead, and Katherine