Author: Lucy Nguyen
After a week of analyzing the game, the stage layout and the robot’s restrictions, our team had complete the rough design of our robot including its dimension, mechanism and drive system. Currently, our build team is hashing out the additional details about the robot. We are also starting on building our prototype. Team 2612 Corsair Robotics plan on having our robot able to hang as well as transport the cube up to at least 6 feet on the scale, which is the maximum height it could reach.
Our build team is now hashing out all the other details concerning the robot as well as starting on our prototype. The build team is hard at work to find out all the minor statistic as well as working on building the game pieces for testing purposes.
After a week of analyzing the starter kit we were given as well as the game manual, our electrical team is currently mapping out all the necessary electrical component as well as their placement and wiring so they can get started on the electrical box.
The programming team has finished updating both of our working laptop and is now working on several possible solutions for the Automated period during the game, as well as how to tackle the codes for the new robot
The Media Team had been updating all of the websites and blogs, and will soon now start updating everyone on our team progress from various social media outlets!
Let's go, Corsair!
Author: Lucy Nguyen
It’s January, which is 2612 Corsair Robotics’ busiest time of the year! It’s the beginning of our biggest robotics competition and event in the entire year, FIRST Robotics Competition, aka FRC!
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. One of FIRST’s not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs was FRC. Incorporated in 1989 as a small and local contest, it has grown into an international robotics competition, reaching more than 40,000 students in 2017 with more than 2,600 events worldwide.
Team 2612 Corsair Robotics have been doing FRC for 11 years, and we have gained so much great memories and experiences from this. We look forward to jumping straight into it again this year!
The theme of this year’s competition is Video Games. In every matches, two alliances (assigned as red or blue) of up to four robotic teams go head-to-head on a multiplayer-video-game style stage to defeat the boss perching on the five feet scale. To do this, we have gain ownership of the scale by tipping them to our favor or using the power-ups, both by using the power cubes. Each match is divided into two stages. The first stage, called Autonomous, is the first fifteen seconds of a match in which robots operate without any drive team control or input. Prior to the start of autonomous, the assignments of alliance colors for switch and scale plates are randomized and transmitted to the operator console by the Field Management System (FMS). During auto, robots attempt to deliver preloaded power cubes to plates, retrieve additional power cubes from around the field, and cross their auto line any time before the end of the stage. Teleoperated is the second stage in a match and is two minutes and fifteen seconds long. During this stage, drivers remotely operate robots to retrieve and place power cubes on the plates and feed power cubes through the exchange for placement in the vault to earn power ups. The final thirty seconds of the teleoperated stage is considered the endgame, during which robots prepare to face the boss.
Let's go, Corsairs!
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.
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Lucy Nguyen, Senior