Get A GRIP
I cannot believe how much happened to me today! Before I talk to you about my mechanical changes, I want to tell you about what the programmers did. They finished up the geometry that they were doing with the field distances yesterday. Now they know how far I need to go during autonomous. They also spent some time working on the code I will need for my motor controllers. To help me with figuring out where the low goal is, they used a program called GRIP. I think it will definitely be beneficial to me. The girls are really focused on giving me sensors that will help me do what I need to do. Today, they worked with a gyro which will tell me what angle I am at. It will tell the me when I have reached a certain checkpoint which will be essential for autonomous. They worked on mounting, wiring, and programming the sensor today.
All of my super structure mechanisms are mounted now. Spacing is tight, but everything fits. My ball intake is in front; the compressor and hanger are behind it; the battery is on my underside in the center; and the tanks are under my electronics board. As each of the motors were added, girls started working on wiring them. The compressors and the signal light were also wired today. My pneumatics were set up today - the drive train gearbox pistons, solenoids, tanks, and compressor were mounted and connected.
Something is going on with one of my gearboxes. The girls can't figure out why it won't shift. Hopefully, tomorrow it will be fixed.
To help with strategizing, some girls built a model field out of cardboard. With it, girls and mentors can imagine possibly game situations and figure out what to do.
The weekend is over now. While I am disappointed that I will be spending less time with my team, I have found a bright side to the situation. I get to sleep in tomorrow!
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