Author: Erin

My Goals for the 2017 FRC Season

​ 2017 FRC season is now here and I am so excited for what’s in store. I am looking forward to expanding my FRC robotics knowledge now that I have one year of experience. Some of my goals for this season are to learn more about the mechanical and programming sides of building a robot, to develop a good plan for strategizing with alliance members before matches and to learn as much as I possibly can. Before last year I had limited experience working with tools and wiring so this year I want to continue to further expand my...

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2-12-16 Update

Hello bIrobot enthusiasts, We made good progress today. Kai used his programming skills to make it so you could control the speed of the arm by having another slower layer of speed by pressing a button which is very helpful considering our arm moves dangerously fast. Meanwhile, I was working on the website, adding more pictures, and learning the ways of WordPress. We also got a second motor programmed and working which will be helpful for our design. Anyways until next time! bIrobot Team Member...

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2-11-16 Update

Hello bIrobot enthusiasts, Today was an exciting day we got our arm working! Yay! Simeon and Kai figured out how to incorporate it into our program. They found a picture which even though it was pretty blurry helped them a lot in trying to figure out the button code numbers for the Xbox controller in LabView. This was helpful because if they hadn’t found it they would have had to test each button number in order to essentially form their own chart just like it. Yay for the internet! The picture that they used is below. Until next time! bIrobot Team Member Erin...

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2-10-16 Update

Hello bIrobot enthusiasts, Today Simeon and Kai worked on figuring out how to incorporate the arm into our program. While the rest of us worked on measuring all of the electronics components to design our electronics deck. In order to make sure that everything would fit within the perimeters of our frame with the changes that we made. Until next time! bIrobot Team Member...

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Today’s Puzzlement

Hello bIrobot enthusiasts, Today we started off by running our robot around the gym. We all had fun taking turns to practice driving it and even hooked up a small camera, to see everything from the robots view. Until we noticed, after a sudden stop, there was a clunking noise in one of the gearboxes, it sounded like something was rolling around inside. Not a sound that is incredibly reassuring. So we took off the plywood, undid all the screws on the one side, and took it apart until we could get to the gearbox. When it was all apart we opened the gearbox and everything looked normal so we redid the gearbox, added some more red grease, and put it all back together. Once it was all put back together we ran it and the clunking noise was gone, so we are just puzzled on that. Anyways until next time! bIrobot Team Member...

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