Monday, September 22, 2014

Returning from CCC

Capitol City Classic was great. We were 5th overall, 5-4 in qualifications, at the very end, despite resetting CIM motors, not working catapult, and a messed-up intake at one point. For the first time in RoboVikes' history, we respectfully declined an invitation to be on a team's alliance. Since we were in the top 6, we could still pick teams, even though we were not allowed to be picked since we declined an invitation. We won the first match in quarterfinals easily. However, in the second and third matches, Fergie and the robot of 212, another team on our alliance, both stopped working right after autonomous. In both matches, we lost, and didn't advance to the semifinals in the end. We still had great team spirit, and the rookies on our team that attended and worked hard at the competition performed exceptionally well. We had problems with programmming, especially with the autonomous period when the CIM motors resetted when Fergie hit the low goal hard, but we still worked our way up to 5th.
After returning from CCC today at school, we did a reflection on the competition and our next priorities Our next goals are to 1) fix Fergie, especially programming, for CalGames and, 2) work on our entrepreneurship award submission for CalGames.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Prepare for Cap City!!

Our website is now updated with member profiles of 32 of the 35 RoboVikes. We've been hastily working on Freyja 2.0, which is now officially "Fergie," for quite some time, and it is beginning to turn out pretty well. We added what we call "huggers:" two arcs that keep the exercise ball in the catapult while the robot is running around. For this upcoming offseason competition, we have some rookies on Drive Team B. Below is a picture of Fergie.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Capital City Collaboration...and Housekeeping

School has started and we have many rookies. They came in at the right time to work because the Capitol City Classic offseason competition in Sacramento is in about 2 weeks and Freyja 2 is not finished. We plan to transfer the intake from the old "Freyja" to Freyja 2 by TOMORROW. We thought of creating an entirely new intake on Freyja, but considering the fact that school just started, homework is all over the place, and there are many housekeeping tasks that need to be done, it may not happen, so we aren't taking the risk. We already have a selected drive team for this offseason competition.Also, some of the rookies went through what I call Mechanical 101: putting together a combination of 4 old, bent-up shelves (picture bottom left). It was much easier said than done.

We are hosting a fundraiser at Round Table Pizza on 3045 Alamo Drive in Vacaville next Tuesday night from 5:30-8pm. We will be selling baked goods and will have one of our robots on display. Please come and support us!!

The video below is the egg drop that the rookies and veterans collaborated on to do.
Freyja 2.0, with Intake