It has always been a habit of many people to keep a journal of their personal lives. For the past two years, the Our Progress pages of our website have been a sort of mini-blog where we would post our progress each day of the build season.
Although we did not keep daily records of our progress prior to 2005, we have begun a tradition that we will continue each year after this. Another one of the reasons why we have begun keeping a daily journal of our progress each build season is for other FIRST teams to have an external reference off, to be able to better gauge if they are on/ahead/behind schedule.
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Saturday, January 8, 2005
Annual pot luck dinner in the Platt cafeteria. Took inventory of kit and introduced the new Triple Play game. Also showed the latest Gus Productions DVD, with footage from the 2004 UTC New England Regionals.
Sunday, January 9, 2005
We were able to disassemble last year's playing field pieces and begin fabrication of the tetra end connectors.
Monday, January 10, 2005
We completed construction of the tetras and one tetra goal. Work started on the kit supplied robot frame and transmission.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Using last year's robot, we were able to prototype ideas and pickup and score tetras.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Discussed what we want to accomplish, and some discussion on how we want to accomplish those tasks.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Began to organize and sort team's materials and supplies.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Continued to sort and throw out stuff. Machining continued for gearboxes and other mechanical components. Discussion on robot mechanisms also continued.
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Operator Interface and robot cart designs discussed, while machining continued.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Refinished work tables, cleaned up from long weekend. Painting started on color targets under tetrahedron goals.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Continued machining parts, driveshafts, gearboxes. More painting of triangular targets under the tetrahedron goals.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Discussed drive team strategy, possible autonomous modes, how the robot mechanisms will fit together. Short meeting.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
New website went online. Jesse continued to work on robot frame and mounting the gearboxes while Ryan cut more metal for pillow blocks. Meeting adjourned early due to the huge impending blizzard.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
No meeting (Due to 2 feet of snow!), but much more work was done on the website and programming at home.
Monday, January 24, 2005
Lots of website work. More work on robot frame.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Discussed stragedy in depth, programming work began.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Very productive meeting! Robot frame construction continued, attached gearboxes, pillowblocks, wheels, and fired up electronics for the first time - with no magic smoke!
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Nearly finished with electrical, and all of our 80-20 for the robot and cart arrived.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Productive meeting. Robot should be driveable for tomorrow. Electrical finished and programming continued.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
More website work. Robot drove for the first time to good reviews.
Monday, January 31, 2005
More work on robot and sub-system components.
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Uploaded updated website.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Driving code finished and downloaded to the RC, more website work.
Thursday, February 3, 2005
Discussed robot sub-system components, and nearly finished electrical box for mounting on robot.
Saturday, February 5, 2005
Lots of work done on robot and animation.
Sunday, February 6, 2005
More work on robot, animation, website.
Monday, February 7, 2005
More work on robot sub-systems.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Started the CMU cam calibration and programming.
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
More programming and animation work.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Finally fixed operator interface programming error.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Tons of website work, started to render animation scenes, tons of robot work on arm and elevator.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Started mounting pneumatics and compressor, as well as more animation work and rendering. Weighed robot and still 20 pounds underweight.
Monday, February 14, 2005
More robot arm, website, and animation work.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Continued to work on website, more arm and machining work, and even more animation work and rendering.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Uploaded finished website! More work on robot and operator interface as well.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
More work on robot and website.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Uploaded video of weeks 1-3 build season to the multimedia pages, as well as more work on the robot. This was a late night, we stayed overnight into Saturday morning until 2:08 AM.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
The UTC Scrimmage was today. Gus did not win, but we proved that many of our robot components worked, while others need refinement.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
It's the final stretch - lots of robot and pep club work.
Monday, February 21, 2005
More robot work, as well as painting of components.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Reassembled the crate, finished robot, drove it around the cafeteria and practiced for an hour, and shipped it at 3:40 PM. Last day of the build season.
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Here are several photos selected at random from our team Photo Galleries from our 2005 build season.
Behind every robot is a story, a story of late nights and early mornings, of machining parts and typing code, and a rush to get everything done in only six weeks. Learn more about the design and engineering behind our robots.