Throughout this week we have been testing our shooting mechanism and index design. We have started assembling our final shooting mechanism and finalizing our chassis assembly. In addition, we have been working on our roll bar and climber designs.
Team SPORK attended the NC Tech Conference to help spread the message of FIRST and STEM with FIRST NC President Marie Hopper. We demonstrated our 2017 robot Dr. Steam to many tech companies from across North Carolina.
This week we mocked-up and prototyped many of our mechanisms. We have been able to test them and record data on their functionality. With this data, we have continued to improve our mechanisms and construct the different components of our robot. In addition, we have started constructing our chassis and testing new motors on the drivetrain. In the coming weeks, we hope to improve our designs and start assembling the final version of our mechanisms.
On January 18th and 19th members and mentors of Team SPORK volunteered at the North Carolina FLL State Competition. Our team members volunteered as referees, scorekeepers, and judges for robot design, project, and core values. We also reunited with a SPORK alum and former team captain, Maggie! Team SPORK had a blast helping throughout the weekend and would like to congratulate one of PLP’s FLL teams, team 31968 Sporklings, for winning second in the overall championship, and our very own Team SPORK team captain, Scott, on winning the young adult mentor award!!
Team SPORK participated in Mathnasium Math Night at Huntersville Elementary School on January 16. Members helped set up different booths and interacted with many children, encouraging them to have fun with STEM and math activities. Our team ran two booths: one with our SPORKreach game and another where students played math-related card game. Members also had the opportunity to show children how our outreach robot works! We also want to thank Mathnasium for giving us the opportunity to spread joy through STEM at this event.
We started this week by dividing into design groups to think of creative ways to accomplish the tasks on the field. Throughout the week we have been brainstorming and discussing robot strategy and designs as a team. We have also been prototyping different mechanisms and testing their functionality to further improve our designs. In addition, we have been constructing field elements to test mechanisms. We will continue to test and manufacture different mechanisms to move closer to our completed robot.