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2018 Build Season – Week 2

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During week two we progressed with great speed and efficiency, putting us well ahead of where we were last year at this time. The modeling and mechanical teams got busy working on the drivetrain for the robot, nearly finishing it. They also completed a claw prototype for the robot. The strategy team was also being productive by creating their Kahoot game, which was played amongst the whole team on Saturday. The purpose of the game was to get all of the teams up to date and familiar with the rules. The team members who finished in the top three were allowed to get lunch first, which was some delicious Sloppy Joe’s. There was also some work done on the practice playing field this week. The switch was fixed to the proper dimensions and the scale was finished and modified with noodles for safety reasons.

In non-competition related news, the electrical team made a good deal progress on the MarsCar this past week. They put the brake drum onto the car and sanded off the old paint. Finally, they planned how to arrange the LED onto the car.

Mars/Wars 2018 FIRST Power Up – Kickoff

On January 6, MarsWars held their annual season kickoff meeting at Metamora Township High School. Before the 2018 competition video was released, the students on the team split up and went on a scavenger hunt all around the school. Three of the team’s seniors, Charlotte Wilkes, Grace Cushing, and Ryan Meyer, spent several hours creating tricky clues for the scavenger hunt, many of which were related to FIRST robotics. One veteran teammate claimed he loved the scavenger hunt because, “it was a great team building experience and a good way to get our brains working before the start of the build season.” After the scavenger hunt, MarsWars enjoyed a hearty team breakfast that was provided by the team’s very supportive parents.

Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the competition video was released. Everybody was hyped for the arcade theme of this year’s game, FIRST Power Up, and the team was immediately overflowing with ideas on how to design this year’s robot. To organize our thoughts, students and mentors divided into six smaller groups and began brainstorming ideas. We spent roughly an hour discussing strategies and deciding what our top priorities will be for the build season. Eventually we plotted out some rough sketches of all the main components we want to include on our bot. We are looking forward to the exciting competition season ahead. Power up, MarsWars!



2017 Build Season Week 3

Week three began the official construction of the robot. The mechanical team began to CNC machine the parts required for the drive train and frame. The week was also full of prototype testing and building. The modeling team has completed the robot design and worked in creating programs for the CNC mill to run. The programming team worked on setting up programs to run the prototypes from speed controllers. The electrical team worked on preparing the components to be attached to different locations on the robot and to each other.

2017 Build Season Week 2

The second week we began the prototype testing. In the video shown below you can see a test of our shooter. Below are the finished products of the mechanical’s team elements, such as the boiler and the hopper. The electrical sub team finished the Mars Car for Maggie and had her come a make sure it was fit to her needs for the official reveal at the open house. They also created a test board and created an inventory of this years electrical components. The programming team spent this week updating the firmware on the control system components as well as working on a test climb with last years robot, Sir Twerve a’lot. The climb testes involved many loud crashes cause by the robot falling to the floor. The modeling team created a more official design of the robot and made a better foundation of the robots function.


2017 Build Season Week 1

This build season we started strong, the programming team started with the tedious task of uploading the new software in order to be able to run this years robot. Meanwhile the mechanical team was hard at work constructing the field elements and prototypes. The strategy team, well they did planning (see picture below to understand). The electrical team worked on completing the Mars Car and preparing for the reveal at the open house. The most important team at this phase would be the modeling team. They worked hard on producing a accurate model to base to robot after. Several ideas were thrown around and a design was decided and began production.

Build Season Week 6

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The last week of the build season was a busy one as Mars Wars worked day and night to finish their robot.

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Many hurdles were overcome, and the team had to put their heads together to solve some unforeseen issues.

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Ultimately, the robot was successfully completed. In addition to completing the robot, Mars Wars completed their strategy playbook and continued work on the Mars Cars project.

 

Build Season Week 5

The penultimate week of the build season saw MARS/WARS members busier than ever before.

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Members from all sub teams spend copious amounts of time assembling both the practice and competition robot. The team decided to assemble the practice robot first, so they could work out the kinks in the design.

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Meanwhile, the strategy team started hashing out a process to select this year’s drive team. The criteria and requirements were developed by the strategy team, and a driver’s test is currently being created.

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The team also began to survey the team members to evaluate what role each member will play during the competitions.

With only one week left in the build season, MARSWARS is going full steam ahead.

Build Season Week 4

This week marked MarsWars and other FIRST teams passing the halfway mark in their build seasons. As pone can imagine, this was the busiest week yet.

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The modeling team worked on designing different methods for climbing the tower. These methods will be tested before the final one is ultimately chosen.

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Members of the mechanical team worked on assembling the bumpers for the robot. Other team members worked on the tank swerve drive.

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The programming team programmed the encoders and the swerve tank drive drive and the worked on the camera. They also programmed the pnuematics for the pick up, as well as programming the arm.

The strategy team, meanwhile, discussed different methods for collecting data during the competitions.

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The electrical team worked on wiring the electrical board for the robot.

Build Season Week 3

During the third week of their build season, MarsWars accomplished several important goals.

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The biggest accomplishment was testing the accuracy and efficiency of the shooter, taking the successes and failures of said tests into account to start work on the final version. The team tested the accuracy by shooting 10 boulders and comparing the proximity of the spots where each landed.

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The Electrical team continued work on the MarsCars and began working on the electrical board for the robot. Meanwhile the modeling team finished the final tweaks to the design.
The team also finished the practice tower, complete with tracking tape and a brick themed paint job. Then they practiced shooting boulders into the goals, taking note of the shooting angles that were most effective.

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Build Season Week 2

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While the first week was spent brainstorming and refining ideas, Mars Wars has spent their second week turning those ideas into a reality.

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The electrical team worked on deciding which batteries are still usable. On top of that, they also completed the electrical circuits for this years Mars Cars project.

The modeling team had been working on designing the frame and the shooter of the robot.
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The Mechanical team is finishing work on the castle and other field pieces that will e used to practice once the robot is completed.

The programming team finished working on the shooter and are currently working on the drive train.

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The Strategy team has been spending time looking at topics on Chief Delphi and the FIRST Q and A in order to accumulate a variety of ideas that could come in handy. They also taught their members how to use the CNC Milling machine.