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A Dumper May Be the Best Way to Go…

As we have been going through the brainstorm process, we have realized that you might not need a launcher to get stars and cubes to the far zone. Like many teams, we started out going in the direction of a launcher because of it’s ability to get the objects in the far zone. However, after […]

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Adventures in Autonomous Programming (February 18 – 27)

We began to make a new autonomous program for state championships. We started by making an autonomous program that drives forward, shoots balls, turns, picks up balls, turns back, and shoots what it got. For a visual, see this info graphic:   For the turns, we used a gyro sensor. After we completed the program, […]

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Intake Makover (February 20, Afternoon)

We really would like to get the intake working by by next Tuesday ( February 23), which will leave us a few days for driving practice and calibrating before states. However, in the morning, Coach Leslie and Elizabeth found that the conveyor was too far forward. This was squishing the ball down, as it was […]

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Online Challenges! (February 20)

Today we woke up to some exciting news….. we are finalists for both the video and the website online challenges! We are all super excited. We would like to thank all the people who voted for us. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Preparing for States (February 1- 19)

We have begin to improve our robot so we can do well at state championships. We have mainly been trying to improove our intake. We have modified our current intake by: Replacing flaps with tank treads Replacing extender piece with a hinged extender piece We called our new intake the X-tender™!             […]

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California Central Coast Vex Tournament (January 30)

We went to the California Central Coast VEX competition in San Louis Obispo. There were 39 teams competing. We played 7 matches and won 5. W finished in 10th place and got to lead the 7th alliance in the quarterfinals matches. It was a very tiring day, since the night before we had a 4-hour […]

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Intake Progress (January 17th)

Today we realized that we needed to go back to slappy flaps (our new name for our intake and mini intake), because our other extended intake kept derailing. We change it back.  On the plus side, we found a new, and much more effective way, to funnel the ball in the from the side without […]

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Intake and Flywheel Problems ( January 12-16 )

We started out by trying to find what was making a grinding noise on the 8 side of our spinner. We realized that the shafts were bent, so we spent a while fixing it. We also replaced all the bottom motors and their internal gears.  It was still making a weird noise (though it was […]

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PID and Reducing Drag (December 19th – December 24th)

We attempted to improve the speed drop when the ball goes through the flywheel by gearing down the motors. We hoped that the increased torque would create a smaller drop and planned to increase the power to compensate. To gears the motors more for torque, we replaced the high speed gears in the motors with […]

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Willow Glen Tournament (December 19)

We recently went to the Willow Glen Tournament in Willow Glen. It was held in an empty grocery store. We had 7 matches, and won 3 and lost 4. Even so, we finished in 15th place out of 24 robots, and lead the 8th alliance. To say the least, it was a rather frustrating day. […]

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