Build Season 2023
In CHARGED UP presented by Haas, FIRST Robotics Competition teams are inspired to see the potential of energy storage in a new light as they compete to charge up their communities.
MARS/WARS is CHARGED UP and ready for the 2023 season. After Kickoff, MARS/WARS started reading the manual and brainstorming ideas for our robot. On Sunday, the team began to narrow down ideas and our overall strategy. Each subteam was then assigned a specific part of the robot. Many of our mechanical members worked on dissembling the old field and starting the new field, which required a big trip to Menards. The modelers spent hours working on prototypes and different iterations of the pickup mechanisms, which includes the arm and the claw. Programming focused on the vision system and updating the coding software from last season. Business Services was busy during the preseason with organizing the kickoff and it didn't die down once kickoff was over. They are busy planning several events, a couple of fundraisers, our annual open house, and a possible social for the CIR regional.
Shoff Field has been busy this last week. Every day, the mechanical part of the Mechanical Design team has worked hard on finishing the items for the field. Many students have been grouped together and assigned a specific part of the field to build. While mechanical is busy building, the design part of the team, the modelers, are busy with the pickup design. Currently, the team has been working on two different pickup prototypes. This week they have been busy modeling, testing, and then making any changes needed to improve. Some of the other modelers are working on the rest of the arm mechanism. Modelers are looking at what is the most efficient way for the robot to pick up the cone or cube and drop it in the correct location. Control Systems has been working on updating the swerve code and also programming a new code. They have also furthered their work on the vision system. The field has several AprilTags and reflective tape, which will help with placing the game pieces in the correct location. Business Services has officially booked the pre-social for the CIR Regional. We are excited to see the other teams and have a great time at Elevate Trampoline Park. Other exciting news, MARS/WARS is in the middle of our Super Bowl Squares Fundraiser. The team is hoping this fundraiser will help to cover the cost of our new toolbox.
Three weeks in and the field is complete. The team wanted the field complete so they could finally start testing the prototypes. Programming was very busy working on all the codes. They worked on the old swerve, elevator code, arm rotator code, and the claw code. Most of the code was worked on the AlphaBot. The team has been working on two individual robots, the AlphaBot and BetaBot. The AlphaBot is what the team plans on using for competitions, while the BetaBot is used for practice. While programming was busy with the arm and claw code, electrical was wiring both of them. They also did a little work with the batteries. Throughout the week, the team worked on the pickup in hopes of mounting on to the AlphaBot.
The build season is half way over and MARS/WARS is moving right along. This week was very productive as a whole. With the field being complete, the team was able to test the robot and see what improvements needed to be made. The pickup needed some tweaking after a couple dry runs. We noticed that picking up the cubes worked really well, but the pickup need some changes to make picking up the cones easier. The arm, which places the cubes and cones, need a little work. Once it was reconfigured, it worked much better. The improvement on the pickup and arm, allowed our robot to work faster. To help the efficiency, we also took out a stage on the elevator. Programming was busy with coding for picking and placing and also working on getting all of our robots moving (four robots). This week the team also voted on the fun shirt for this season, and finished selling three grids for the Super Bowl Squares. Business Services is continuing to work on the Open House, which is March 4th. They have also scheduled a couple more dates for our outreach program.