Saturday, January 22, 2005: We perfected our drive train and began figuring out exactly how were going to mount our vertical beams that would support the telescoping arm. The programmers worked on getting the kinks out of our basic code. The website group worked on our logo, banner, and website. A few people stayed late and we were able to fabricate all the mounting hardware we would need for the vertical supports.
Sunday, January 23, 2005: We began figuring out exactly we would mount the rotational system for the telescoping arm. We did some torque calculations and decided on the gear ratio we would use. The pneumatics group got our two-way valves to work, while the programmers modified the code to get the relays to power the solenoid valves at a push of a button. We ordered many of the parts we would need for our arm and its support beams.
Monday, January 24, 2005: We placed some more orders for items we needed for the arm structure. We practiced driving the robot. The pneumatics group continued to test and perfect the pneumatic system.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005: We continued to practice driving the robot. We couldn't start mounting the superstructure until the parts arrived.
Wednesday, January 26, 2006: The parts arrived and we began mounting the superstructure. Some more decisions were made regarding the rotational drive system for the arm.
Sunday, January 30: In the last few days we built the telescoping sections of our arm, finished constructing the guide wire support system, began making the motor mounts for the arm, created the tetra holding mechanism that will go on the end of our arm, and came up with an idea for an additional scoring mechanism. Joel from WDI came in today and was amazed at how much we’ve gotten done since the last time he came. Everything is looking good and we are on schedule.
Also on Sunday, David Seidel, former teacher at Beverly, currently a PR person with JPL, visited our workroom, with a few middle school students in tow. We showed them our website, the robot, and hopefully got a few of them more interested in robotics.
Sunday, January 23:
According to Mike Harris, the leader of the animation group, "The two sets [one is the baby's room] have been constructed, the robot character fully completed, and the girl model is coming along nicely. The baby model has yet to be finished, but it shouldn't take too long."