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2019 Regionals

In 2019 we attended the St. Louis Regional and the Central Illinois Regional.

St. Louis Regional Deep Space

While in St. Louis we ended up being the 7th ranked team. We were the 1st pick of Alliance 4 but unfortunately we were eliminated in the Semifinals.

CIR Regional
Receiving the Excellence in Engineering Award

CIR proved to be a very rewarding regional. Overall we ended up as the 2nd ranked team. We were the captain of Alliance 2 and picked Team 5442 Mechanical Monarchy and Team 4256 Cyborg Cats to compete with us. Unfortunately we were eliminated in the Finals. Although as luck would have it we received the Wildcard and are heading to the Championships in Detroit. We also received the Excellence in Engineering Award.

2019 – Build Season – Week 6

Week 6 is almost to an end and the team is very busy. The modelers finished the final touches on their digital representation of our robot, while the electrical team primarily wired up the test robot that is now complete. The mechanical team started working on assembling the competition robot. This included CNC mills, welding, and alternative machinery. Some modelers are working on the robot cradle which holds the robot up on the cart so we are able to easily work on the robot. We finished the practice field and we are ready to start testing our robots. Some of the modelers finished up the final sets of wheels for the robot. MARS/WARS is ready, and excited for the competitions to come.

2019 – Build Season – Week 5

Week 5 has passed us by and the team is as busy as ever! Not including arguments over robot weight and reusing parts, the process has been going smoothly. The modelers are adding the finishing touches on their digital representation of our robot, while electrical mostly wired up the test robot that is currently being built. Mechanical built up the elevator shaft, and the components associated with it. This included using welding, CNC mills, and other machinery. Some of the modelers who didn’t have enough to do also designed some decorative pins for competition. We also decided our mascot needed a touch up, and as such the armour got a repaint and re-spiking. We  continued to develop our practice field by inflating the balls that go with the game. We also constructed our wheels with a Mars Wars copyrighted technique™. The team is all ready, and excited for what’s to come!

2019 – Build Season – Week 4

During week 4, our modelers’ hard work could finally be seen. The arm prototype and lift mechanism both have been completed. Our mechanical team has finished setting up the field with proper dimensions so we can test our designs and programs. The electrical team has also succeeded in all of its battery tests that have taken some time to complete. Climbing to the top stage is considered the hardest part of our design, therefore, requires the most amount of concentration. We are still improving our development on the elevator by adding an interface to it. The arm is our most recent design. We have been trying to come up with a way to design an arm that could operate with ease and perform the task quickly. Once the arm is installed to the rest of the bot we will be able to see the power that is needed to push out the ball into the target area. However, we had to take in account the weight it holds as the center of gravity changes due to the height needed at the time. Many developments are still being made to the robot and we will soon be assembling each individual part together.

2019 – Build Season – Week 3

Week 3 of the robotics build season continued the hands on side of development on the robot. The modeling team continued to revise the elevator as well as start to materialistically create a lot of the essential elevator pieces. Electrical team continued their focus on ensuring and guaranteeing battery functionality before and during competition. The mechanical team finalized the field elements produced and began to preposition the assembled components to have the required room. They also began their work in the machine shop milling and assembling pieces that were needed to be done by hand for both prototype and final uses. Coding continued their development as well, pushing code onto their respective controllers and ensuring their respective functions. They also began to work on controllers for the vision we desire to have during our competitions. As bagging day rapidly approaches, the Mars Wars team continues to develop the robot, we are all hoping for it to fight it’s way into the finals. We will begin preparations to pick the people that will be behind the driver’s station and in the pits while we’re there!

2019 Build Season – Week 2

During week 2 of the robotics build season, MarsWars transitioned from the design phase to hands on development of the robot. The modeling team occupied their time by revising the elevator, which is a central element of the robot’s design. Since it is still early on in the season, the electrical team primarily focused on battery testing to guarantee that only well functioning batteries will be brought to our competitions. The mechanical team finished creating the field elements and started mapping out the field measurements so MarsWars will have an accurate location for practice. Finally, the programming team developed and adapted code for the robot’s elevator system. Although there are still several weeks until the end of the allotted build time, MarsWars is getting increasingly excited for competition and is already discussing drive team tryouts.

2019 Build Season – Week 1

2019 Build Season – Week 1

Subteam 1 was tasked with the endgame tasks.  The challenge with the endgame required our robot to climb to a 19in platform without any type of grip.  When brainstorming we decided that the best method for achieving this would be to lift the robot by putting the drive wheels on an elevator system. It is essentially a lowrider system.  We are considering automating this delicate process.

This week we have been researching the parts.  We need pieces that will be able to lift at least one 150lb robot.  There is discussion about attempting to pick up a second robot for an additional 12 points.  The modeling team in subteam 1 has finished most of the base and pulley system used to lift the robot. This has involved various gearing and weight calculations. Modellers have also made significant progress in the modelling of the system and are beginning to approach the point where a prototype could be built.

Our Saturday meeting got snowed out but there was an optional work session on Saturday where a few modellers worked from home, and there was another optional meeting on Sunday.

Mars/Wars 2019 Deep Space – Kickoff

January 5,

2018 Out of season Gateway competition

2018 Build Season – Week 5

2018 Build Season – Week 5

Strategy has been working on team apparel, such as buttons and t-shirts. They were also working on the match planning excel sheet to update the game for this year. Mechanical has been working on fixing and updating the drive train and the competition bot. They have also been finishing up on the practice bot. A mechanical sub-team has been working on the new electric storage unit. It is almost complete and should be available for use at the competition in St. Louis.

The Modeling team has been creating and continuing to update parts for the competition bot. As well as prototyping on the 3D printer and making prints for mechanical for construct. Electrical was wiring the wheel units this week. They have also been assisting mechanical in the swerve drive modules. At the field we are having parts machined and powder coated for the final robot.