Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Days 26-31: Building in a garage

Because of the large quantities of snow we received over the weekend, there was no school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well. This meant that we spent many long hours working in a garage with the supplies we brought from Sammamish.
On the first day, we were able to get our drivebase running, albeit with a…suboptimal electronics board. At the end of the meeting, we took off the electronics board and resumed building.
The days that followed were a mix of CAD, building with the parts we had, picking up manufactured parts from our sponsor Intellectual Ventures, and building again. We also spent a considerable amount of time enjoying the snow with sleds, a homemade luge, and an igloo made of blocks molded with Kit of Parts totes.
As the meetings progressed, we began to see our robot come together, discrete metal parts merging into a unified whole. Over the course of these 5 days, we’ve seen our creation transform from a few scattered parts to a truly impressive machine. We hope to finish the building process within the next two days, in time to film a robot reveal video.