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  • Week 2-5 Newsletter

    Team 6978 Week 5 Update

    February 2024

    Thank you for all your support of our team! Without your sponsorship, this build season would not be possible. Here is what we have been working on over the past week.

    A visit from the MPP

    On Saturday, February 10th, Quickstrike welcomed a visit from Sam Oosterhoff, MPP of Niagara West. During his visit, students provided an overview of this year’s game and conducted a demonstration of the robot. The discussion delved into the intricacies of the robot’s construction and assembly process, exploring the diverse skills necessary to accomplish these tasks.

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    We explored the potential skills and abilities that students can acquire through robotics, emphasizing teamwork and confidence-building. A notable aspect is that many students who may not have a typical interest in sports find a valuable avenue in robotics teams. Within this environment, they develop hands-on building experience and enhance their self-confidence in their abilities.

    Testing

    This week, we concluded testing on our four-wheel shooter. Our upcoming objectives involve incorporating vision technology to autonomously adjust the shooter’s angle, allowing precise shooting from any location on the field. Additionally, we successfully completed testing on our climbing mechanism, a strategic move that promises valuable points towards the end of the game.

    Our focus persists on refining our two-note autonomous program, with the ultimate goal of expanding its capabilities to collect three or four notes. A significant aspect of this effort involves the implementation of a path-following system. Leveraging encoder sensors on the drive motors for the drive train, we employ odometry tracking and differential drive kinematics to precisely monitor the robot’s position on the field. To execute this, we utilize a closed-loop feedback controller, ensuring accurate path following during gameplay.

    The link to our autonomous is here.

    Next Steps

    In the week ahead, our agenda includes the disassembly of the robot for sandblasting, followed by a fresh coat of paint in our team colors. Once the reassembly is finished, we’ll proceed with extensive testing and programming, complemented by visits to the practice field for additional driving tests.

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  • Week 1

    Build Season has begun!

    January 2024

    Thank you for all your support of our team! Without your sponsorship, this build season would not be possible. Here is what we have been working on over the past week.

    Kickoff

    Quickstrike Niagara had an eventful weekend! Saturday was Kickoff, which is when the new game is revealed for competition season. During our meeting on Saturday, we reviewed the game manual and examined it carefully. We divided the manual into sections, assigned a group to work on each section, and then each group presented their section to the entire team. This ensured everyone understood the game. Afterwards, we talked about the different ways to play the game and different strategies we could use to play at competitions.

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    Prototyping

    With guidance from mentors, students divided into two groups to explore different mechanisms. The first team explored how to create a shooter for the notes. They created a wooden ramp to angle the shooter and tested it to become functional. With a steel plate, the group attached a motor with a wheel so the note would slide up and shoot out. The second group worked on a pick-up device to grab notes from the ground. They also created a steel U-shaped bracket with a motored roller to move the notes into the robot. We are now working on solidifying our designs and ensuring our concepts work consistently.

    Testing

    On Tuesday, we began testing our shooter. Using the prototype we designed earlier in the week, we were able to ensure our shooter design was reliable. We were able to clear the height of the speaker!

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    Next Steps

    During the upcoming week, we plan to test the pick-up mechanism, develop a climber, and improve/calibrate the shooter. Thank-you for helping our community team reach so many youth! Without your sponsorship, we would not have made such a large impact in our community!