With a month left, all the members of our team are gearing up for a great Steamworks build season! We have a couple of big projects we are all working on that need to be completed before the game is revealed on January 7th! Some of the projects include:
- New Driver Station: We are building a brand new driver station with an all aluminum frame. Isaac is leading the charge by helping brainstorm and design the ideas we have. He is also the one who is using his newly learned TIG welding skills to weld the frame together. At the current moment, there will be a laptop holder, a stationary 27 inch Samsung Monitor, a wide variety of arcade buttons, longboard wheels to allow for easy transport, and finally fancy LED lights to surround the frame!
- New Sensors: Joshua and Caleb are preparing for the season by trying to integrate a variety of new sensors on a spare robot. Some of the sensors include; ultrasonic, quadrature encoders, potentiometers, and more! The more we learn about how to program the sensors now, the easy the implementation of the sensors will be during the short 6-week build season.
- Modified Tool Cart: Devon and Gabe are taking up the challenge of adding our robot and drill batteries to our tool cart. Before, we had a separate cart just for batteries. With this change, we should be able to save some more room on the previous cart for a more organized bolt drawer.
We will be attending the St. Cloud State Kickoff on January 7th and we will be competing at the Lake Superior Regional from March 1st through March 4th. We can’t wait to start build season!