The electrical subteam tested the optical encoder and the testbed today. They encountered some errors in the code they were using and couldn’t find a way to fix the code. They completed the Visio diagram of the test bed and the pneumatics diagrams. They are working on the coding for the mecanum drive. The mechanical subteam made the stabilizer mockup and tested their C-arms for lifting the totes off the carpet. They calculated the force and angle needed to lift the tote. After they finished the construction of the arm, they tested, but the results were inconclusive. The systems team calculated what the robot would do in different scenarios and finalized the frame dimensions.

Today we went to Punahou School to watch the FTC kickoff. The game revealed for this build season was Cascade Effect. Our team also had a presentation where we shared lessons that we learned during our rookie year, which was last year. We focused on two parts of FTC: the Engineering Notebook and the robot design process.

Other FTC teams were able to take a look at our Engineering Notebook to get ideas for formatting and organization.

We are super excited for this game, and can’t wait for the FTC Hawaii Championship, which will take place on December 13, 2014 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. A shoutout to Mr. Aaron Dengler for coordinating this kickoff and Punahou for hosting it!

For more information on Cascade Effect, you can go to our webpage here . FTC Hawaii’s website can be found here .

This is the second year that our team has participated in the Hawaii McDonald’s fundraiser. Like last year, every Egg McMuffin sandwich sold during Robotics week, March 17-23, one dollar will be given to Hawaii FIRST Robotics teams. On March 22, our team headed over to the Mililani Mauka McDonalds to showcase our FRC and FTC robots. The fundraiser brought in a record $40,666, which will be distributed among the 29 Hawaii FRC teams.

We had team members wave signs by the drive-through to tell people to buy Egg McMuffins and telling them about our program. Others were in the restaurant with the FTC and FRC robot which people could drive around. Many children enjoyed driving around the robot and were amazed to see the things that we, as students, were able to achieve. This event was a lot of fun; we got to talk to people to tell them about the robotics programs that Mililani offers and showcase what we have been working so hard on.

LAST DAY OF BUILD SEASON! As the clock ticked towards the end of build season, the air in the room grew as stress levels rose ever higher. By this point, we could have been deemed as crazy due to all that had yet to be done. The only things you could hear was metal clanging and the occasional comment . Finally the time came for us bag and tag, with that, build season ended. Time to get some sleep.

Due to an unfortunate chain of events, on the second to the last day of build season, the power decides to go out in our main working area. Thankfully we are able to move into another class room with electricity. We had to pack up everything we needed and moved into B-building.

The electrical sub-team focused on color coding electrical parts and wires for wire management and documentation. The mechanical sub-team finished welding and while fitting the pieces together, they discovered that the holes weren’t lining up. Quickly assessing the situation, it was decided that the holes would be made bigger. With bigger holes, the mechanical team set back to fitting pieces together.

Well I guess from the looks of how today went, many are showing signs of sleep derivation doing random things and laughing uncontrollably. But its okay, there’s only two more day until we can get some very well needed sleep. Anyways, for your daily update, some things we did were cutting the wood for the bumpers of the robot after doing some measurements of the frame. The electrical team also finished up electrical board, it should be all ready to go to get bolted on the robots frame.

The aroma of delicious food filled the air as one by one people brought food for open house. The team had finished the open house power point an hour earlier and were currently waiting for all the parents to arrive. When all were present, we began the presentation and informed our parents what we had done.

We gave a overview of FIRST and our program also thanking our adviser and mentors for all the time that they have put in helping the team. Then we presented what each sub-team does and allowed them to come and look at all the things we have built over the last six weeks.

Parents got to ask questions and have an up close look at everything from the polished mirror finish robot frame, retrieval, and shooter to all the electrical parts put together and complexly wired up.