Today was our first league competition of the year. We are part of the diamond league and we participated in 5 matches throughout the day. We were really excited because our Alamo region was one of the first regions around the world to start using league play compared to just having two qualifying competitions like we've done in previous years. Although we didn't do as well as we would of liked we plan to make some substantial improvements to our robot like adding a button pusher and we want to get a lot more driver practice. We also plan to focus more on autonomous because it is such a big portion of the matches. Overall it was good learning experience for our team.
Today was our first build day of the this robotics season. We started out with a meeting in Mr. Allen (mentor on team page) we we talked about our progress and what we planned to do today. Our main goal was to finish building the base of the robot we we almost completed except for the some of the motors the electronics. In marketing we worked on the more final touches of the business plan and we ordered our fishing shirts we will be using during competitions. We also started brainstorming ideas for our PIT we will be building. We had the biggest goal list for software today and we finished setting up software components on our troll bot and added methods to our Auto Op Mode, however, we ran out of time to test it. Overall, we manage to make some major progress today.
Before the Kick-Off of the 2016-2017 FTC challenge we have focused on community outreach, hosting a rookie camp, building a shooter and building a troll bot for software to use while we build the actual robot.
This summer we did an event with Keep Austin Beautiful where we helped clean up Lady Bird Lake. We also worked with Lake Travis Community Library to provide Tech support for their members. Go to the Community Outreach Page for more information about our community service.
Our team hosted a Rookie Camp for the members of our team interested in learning the different aspects of robotics including CAD, hardware, software and marketing. This camp lasted for 3 days during July and we had a lot of fun.
We also worked on making a shooter to launch material across the 12 by 12 foot arena as well as a troll bot software would be able to use to start programming basic functions.