Author: Lucy Nguyen
Last week, we were participating in our last games of OCCRA season, our Diversity game in Rochester Adams and the last game to accumulate scores at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic High school. The Diversity game is a chance for everybody to participate actively in the driving and the building of the robot. While normally, only a certain number of group members can join, The Diversity game, especially for small teams like ours, allow everyone the chance to do something other than their usual posts.
In the female drive team was Jenna as our human player, Lily as our driver and Elena as our operator. The team worked amicably despite all being relatively new members. In the co-ed team, we have Paul working as the operator, Mike, our team leader and drive advisor. Additionally, Lily and Jenna made a returning appearance after their stunning performance in the all-girl matches. The last matches were all male matches, featuring Zach, our programmer and operator; Paul, our driver, and last but not least, Giovanni, our human player. Our team had remarkable teamwork and had learned to work together very well, which was one of the main contributing factors on how brilliant and smooth the matches went. As always, the 2612 Corsair Robotic Team volunteers for queuers. Lucy and Dewayne are energetic and dedicated people, and though they have had some difficulties juggling their team duties and queuing, The Corsair's PR team have accomplished their job beautifully.
Last Thursday, we had our game at Our Lady of the Lake High School. It is the last game to gain scores, and we worked arduously in anticipation of it. Thanks to the build team, which make up of Trevor, Michael, Lily, Paul, and Zach, have added many new features and updates to the bot, which resulted in a much more polished and stable robot than ever before!
Though the OCCRA season is ending soon, Team 2612 Corsair Robotics is still giving our best effort to improve and advance to be the best we could be, one day at a time.
Let’s go, Corsairs!
Author: Lucy Nguyen
For the past month, Corsair Robotics has been hard at work building our robot and improving it. And though we are constantly adding on features and upgrading current one, this is the overview of 2612 Corsair Robotics' fruit of labor:
Our robot utilized a conveyor mechanism, which uses AndyMark motors, PVC rollers and, on our newest updates, surgical tubing to pick up balls and shoot them into the trash cans. In addition, we have added a wood plank to the conveyor to speed up and ease the process of rolling the balls horizontally, which became necessary when we adjusted the angle of the conveyor from 45 degrees to 90 degrees.
Our robot is controlled by a cortex, its brain, which tells the motors and all the electronic components what to do. To support this incredibly crucial element is a 7.2 V battery and a 9 V battery as a backup. Our robot is programmed to drive in Arcade drive. In the drive joystick, the left control sticks allow the robot to go forward and backward, and the right enables it to go sideways. As for the operator joystick, The left control the conveyor and the buttons control the wheelchair wheels. This is also a new addition to our initial design. Our original design was to have the robot pick up the balls and then dumping it into the trash cans. In order to raise the robot's efficiency, we gave it a mechanism to pull in the trash cans and keep it with the robot as it goes around collecting scores.
Corsair's robot has seven speed controller on seven motors. They are powered by a 12 V DC battery. To aid with grip and maneuver, we use Omni-wheels in the front and the back wheels as well as two traction wheels in the middle. We have a six-wheel chassis as our robot's frame base and furthermore, it is equipped with a two-wheel drive and four CIM motors for the drivers. Finally, as according to Team 2612 Corsair Robotics's tradition, we installed some blue LED lights.
Author: Lucy Nguyen
On Saturday, October 21st, was our first OCCRA competition. On last Thursday, October 26th, was our second. In the first OCCRA competition, our team won our first two games and lost the last two. In the second OCCRA competition, we lost four.
The drive team consist of Michael, our drive coach, Zach, our main driver, Paul, our operator, and lastly, Lillian, our human player. Our tactic and control made up for what we lacked in our conveyor system. We adapted to a more defensive plan: Moving all of the trash cans to difficult to reach places and getting in the way of other bots. The valiant efforts of our building team made sure that the robot lasted until our third match, which was, unfortunately, its last match that day. Our team consist of mostly new members, which means that many members are still kind of inexperienced in some areas compared to other teams. The teams' photographers are Lucy and Jenna. They spend their time at the competitions photographing the action on the field. Additionally, the 2612 Corsairs Robotics volunteered to be queues. Elena and Jenna worked very hard, bringing and queuing the teams for matches, as well as cleaning up in between them. As for Ms. Klopmann, our lead mentor, she acted as a referee for our first competition. 2612 Corsair Robotics is currently hard at work improving the robots and our teamwork in anticipation for the coming up OCCRA game on Saturday!
Author: Lucy Nguyen
2017 OCCRA Team
SOS live, an event hosted by Ruth Johnson, the Michigan Secretary of State, was held on Saturday, October 7th. The open house featured a number of things like putt-putt golf, climbing walls, services for veterans and senior citizens, Michigan's new voting machine and more. Most notable of all the attractions was the driving simulators, which included Rollovers, Crash Impact, Distracted and Impaired Driving, Motorcycles and more! The 2612 Corsairs Robotics team also had the honor of participating as an attraction. We showcased our last FRC Robot.
Our previous and best Robot so far was made for gathering balls and shoot them into hoops. First, the robot drives around gathering up the balls via a system of collectors and roll the balls up into two built-in boxes, each equipped with an agitator. Once these two spaces are filled, the drivers would drive the robot to an appropriate position to shoot these balls into the goal. They turn on the shooter and allow it to spin and pick up the speed before turning on the agitator, which spins the ball onto the shooter and launch them into the target rapidly.
It was an exciting and eventful open house and our robot managed to garner quite a bit of attention. We received a wide variety of audience, ranging from wide-eyed and amazed toddlers to enthusiastic adults. We got everything from well-wishers to curious-triers to some amazing people who gave us plenty of great advice and helpful comments to improve the robot. We even managed to grab the attention of the Secretary of State herself.
Overall, it was an extraordinary and learning experience for 2612 Corsair Robotics Team.
Let's go, Corsair!
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