1/10/15 Build Session

Today marked our third build session of the season and progress is definitely being made. Many continued to prototype their designs while keeping in mind game strategy and the new rules.  The programmers got to see their codes for the encoder, one of the motors, and joystick in action and were very excited. Be sure to check out our new Student Resources page for a convenient spot to connect to important webpages.

Today marked our third build session of the season and progress is definitely being made. Many continued to prototype their designs while keeping in mind game strategy and the new rules.  The programmers got to see their codes for the encoder, one of the motors, and joystick in action and were very excited. Be sure to check out our new Student Resources page for a convenient spot to connect to important...
1/8/15 Build Session

1/8/15 Build Session

Today was our second build session of the season,  and it is clear already that the team is putting a 100% effort into this robot. Prototyping is in full swing now, and our team is hard at work designing systems that may end up on the final product of our labors. Also, CAD has been working to begin prototyping parts of the robot in the hopes of having a 3-dimensional design to go off of, which can also be used for printing parts out.

Today was our second build session of the season,  and it is clear already that the team is putting a 100% effort into this robot. Prototyping is in full swing now, and our team is hard at work designing systems that may end up on the final product of our labors. Also, CAD has been working to begin prototyping parts of the robot in the hopes of having a 3-dimensional design to go off of, which can also be used for printing parts...

First Build Session

Today officially marked the beginning of build sessions for Viking Robotics as we kicked off our first meeting since kickoff last Saturday. After our Boeing mentor Eric gave us a fascinating demo on our new laser sensor, team members broke off into small groups to prototype their various ideas, create the human player station, and work on the drive system. Also, several members worked on designing CAD drawings which will be used for 3D printing parts for the robot. However, CAD was not the only work being done on the computers today, since our wonderful programming team was hard at work downloading new software tools that will allow our robot to actually work once it is built. Great job everyone, keep creating!

Our next meting is Thursday at 4.

Today officially marked the beginning of build sessions for Viking Robotics as we kicked off our first meeting since kickoff last Saturday. After our Boeing mentor Eric gave us a fascinating demo on our new laser sensor, team members broke off into small groups to prototype their various ideas, create the human player station, and work on the drive system. Also, several members worked on designing CAD drawings which will be used for 3D printing parts for the robot. However, CAD was not the only work being done on the computers today, since our wonderful programming team was hard at work downloading new software tools that will allow our robot to actually work once it is built. Great job everyone, keep creating! Our next meting is Thursday at...
Kickoff!!!

Kickoff!!!

The season is upon us at last! After much speculation after a rather vague game hint, the 2015 game, “Recycle Rush”, was finally announced this morning. With changes both minor and major, such as the revival of “coopertition” points and usage of stacking elements reminiscent of the 2003 game “Stack Attack”, this season promises entirely new challenges that can only be solved with creative solutions. Today, some of these potential problems and solutions were discussed using techniques learned at mock kickoff, such as creating trade studies which rank attributes that the robot needs to possess from most to least important. Furthermore, team members passionately pushed their ideas on what should be included on the robot, as only a limited number of mechanisms will make it to the prototyping stage. Regardless of which ideas make it through to the next step in our six week build season, this competition will undoubtedly provide plenty of opportunity for innovation and creativity.

Click here to watch the kickoff broadcast

Click here to view the page where you can download the game manual (The password for the PDF is R3C3CL3RU$H2015)

On another note, meetings will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm – 7pm and Saturdays with shifts from 9am – 12pm and 12pm – 3pm. Also, additional build time may be added later in the season, so keep checking the website to receive updates on this. It is exceedingly important that members make all of these build seasons so that they stay up to date on changes to the robot, as well as to ensure that their ideas are heard.

 

The season is upon us at last! After much speculation after a rather vague game hint, the 2015 game, “Recycle Rush”, was finally announced this morning. With changes both minor and major, such as the revival of “coopertition” points and usage of stacking elements reminiscent of the 2003 game “Stack Attack”, this season promises entirely new challenges that can only be solved with creative solutions. Today, some of these potential problems and solutions were discussed using techniques learned at mock kickoff, such as creating trade studies which rank attributes that the robot needs to possess from most to least important. Furthermore, team members passionately pushed their ideas on what should be included on the robot, as only a limited number of mechanisms will make it to the prototyping stage. Regardless of which ideas make it through to the next step in our six week build season, this competition will undoubtedly provide plenty of opportunity for innovation and creativity. Click here to watch the kickoff broadcast Click here to view the page where you can download the game manual (The password for the PDF is R3C3CL3RU$H2015) On another note, meetings will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm – 7pm and Saturdays with shifts from 9am – 12pm and 12pm – 3pm. Also, additional build time may be added later in the season, so keep checking the website to receive updates on this. It is exceedingly important that members make all of these build seasons so that they stay up to date on changes to the robot, as well as to ensure that their ideas are heard....