Week Five (and a half) Build Update

This past week and a half (oops, we forgot to post an update) was quite exciting. We made minor design changes to our different mechanisms, and have been finalizing the assembly of the practice robot. Electrical team finally got their hands on a robot, so they have done a lot of great work in the last week to get the robot running (it worked, too!). Our programming sub team is also getting a kickstart on our tele-op and autonomous programs for testing!

In addition to all of the work done with the robot, our awards team has also done some amazing work. In the past week, they’ve finished the chairman’s essay, wood flowers, and they’ve started our chairman’s video. Thanks to all of our amazing members and mentors, we are all buckling down to wrap up our robot.

As there are now only six days left before stop build day, Team SPORK is in a full frenzy to finish up our robots. We still need to mount our assembled climbing mechanism and finish the electrical work for mechanisms on the practice robot. Meanwhile, the Mechanical and Electrical teams will be working to finish the competition robot in time for stop build day (February 19th). Our hatch and cargo mechanisms are ready to install (for the most part), but climbing mechanism needs a fair bit of additional assembly before we install.

While the stop build deadline is quickly approaching, Team SPORK is optimistic about this next week. Cheers. – Justin Stephens, Team SPORK Director of Engineering

Week Four Build Update

The fourth week of build season is over, and Team SPORK is feeling good about our progress. A lot got done this weekend, despite several of our members missing some crucial work hours to volunteer at the North Carolina FLL State Championship. We have nearly completed the fabrication of our practice/prototype robot, with our Cargo, Hatch, and Climbing mechanisms nearing functionality. We are waiting for a final few parts to arrive before all the mechanical work is done. The Electrical team will soon begin installing the electrical components on the robot, and then the robot will be sent off to the Programming team. The Mechanical Team will, in the meantime, work on the construction of the competition robot, which we plan to have built by the end of Week 5.

In addition to all the fun engineering going on, our Awards team has been working really on finalizing our submissions for this year. We’ve completed our Chairman’s essay and are finishing up our Woodie Flower’s submission for our fantastic mentor, Mr. Dave Lashley. – Justin Stephens, Team SPORK Director of Engineering