Scrum Notes > Wednesday,  January 8


  • Electronics (Niles, Roche, David B., Cynthia)
    • One board wired, one underway


  • Software (Kevin, Ryan L., Will)
    • Installing this year’s upgrade (probably finish this up this afternoon)


  • Launch Catapult (Joe and Alex)
    • Experimented with interlocking gears (“Dog box” for a catapult system (wind in one gear, shift into neutral to release)


  • Ball pick-up (El Toro) prototype (David E.)
    • Collected PVC pipe, athletic


  • Lathe (Jane, Wells)
    • Cut first piece on the lathe! Woo hoo! Operational!


  • Design notes
    • Please check out the Required Viewing! We’re not building these robots… but they’re functional prototypes that give us very interesting ideas.
    • Focus on ball pick-up and shooting right now
    • Thinking of a winch to wind a catapult for the shooting
    • Looking at el toro pick up design


  • Shopping Needs
    • More bolts need 1/16 inch bolts in 1 1/2 size for mounting talons etc.
    • Tubs for the shelves
    • Surgical rubber tubing (“spring” for catapult)
    • 3/4″ PVC pipe — another 10′ section and some elbows and Ts
    • 3″ section of PVC
    • Coat racks!



These will happen no matter what

  1. Drive
  2. Herd
  3. Score >= 6 pts
  4. Bumpers
  • Do this first week, while prototypers prototype
  • Documentation


Prioritize, try to get to as many as possible

  1. Maneuverable (drive train and practice)
  • Mecanum wheels
  • Hold (hardware) a. with potential to shoot if that system comes online b. Loading (hardware) — might not even need this
  • Shoot 8’ (hardware)
  • Some aiming (software)
  • Second robot for driving practice/thinkin’

If Time Permits

Reach goals

  1. Catch
  2. Differential power settings
  3. Vision system
  4. Modular goalie arm (sub 30 lb, replace shooter at competition)


  • Clean up after yourself
  • Help teammates clean up after themselves
  • We don’t leave until we scrum… we don’t scrum until the shop is clear
  • Half-finished projects go on shelves, not the floor
  • Scrap is only useful if it’s stock, stock is only useful if it’s organized

Current Projects

Things we can do before we have a design finalized…

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