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Robotics
Instructor: Coach-TBA   
Our team is called the BEAM Bot Team, which merges our school mascot, the Lighthouses, our school motto BEAM, with robotics, hence The BEAM Bot Team. 
Announcements
Robotics Club Practice

Practice for 2013-2014 year has concluded.

BEAM BOTS will not compete during the Friendly Competition on May 10th, 2014.

For further information, please contact Mr. Robinson at robinsjs@pwcs.edu.

Mrs. Armstrong

Go Bream Bots!!!

BEAM Bot Engineering Design Process
Our team uses the Engineering Design Process as it relates to the FIRST Build Season. We do exercises in  off season and plan build around the Engineering Design process. Here is a summary of the Design Process as it relates to Engineering and FIRST.

1. Identify the need or problem
  • The Kickoff Event provides a description of the game.
  • Each team then needs to identify what their strategy will be to play the game.
2. Identify the Criteria and Constraints
  • Function Requirements
  • The robot must be able to score baskets
  • Design constraints
  • Robot must be no bigger than 28 X 38 in base
3. Specification Ranking
  • Determine what is most important
  • Use a weighted objective table
4. Brainstorm Design Concepts
  • Draw and talk about ideas within groups
  • Remember, there are no bad ideas!
5. Construct a prototype*
  • Model the selected solution(s) in two and three dimensions
  • Many team's prototype design in wood or other simple materials to see if the concepts work.
  • Have fun with this part!
6. Slect an Approach
  • Which worked best?
  • If deciding with a large group, a weighted objective table is great for this as well!
7. Detailed Design
  • CAD Everything!
  • Think about the small stuff too!
  • This is a big part because you don't want to get through the designs and into building only to find that parts do not work together.
8. Manufacturing & Implementation
  • This is the part where everything comes together.
  • Your robot gets built
  • Your plan is implemented
9. Analyze the Results
  • Compare your expectation, did it live up to what you thought it would be?
  • Did your robot drive as fast as you thought it would, did it score as many hoops as you had thought it would, etc?
10. Refine the Design
  • Determine what was wrong
  • Go back and fix it!
  • Don't be aftaid to start over when you can
  • Don't get stuck in a rut with your ideas!

Although in the typical Engineering Design Process a solution is usually selected and then prototyped, if the manpower and material is available, and if there is a a very short amount of time for rework, Steps 4 & 5 can be switched. Most FIRST teams will actually do several prototypes in parallel order so they can select the best robot design.*
Discussion Topics
Files
 BEAM Bot Team Candidate Challenge 2014.doc
Robotics Candidates Challenge Document about what you need to know to join team.
 Glossary.pdf
This document is a glossary of biomedical terms that you may need to know while working on "The FLL Project".
 Resources.pdf
This document list resources you can use to help with "The FLL Project".
 Rubrics.pdf
Here are the rubrics that we will be graded against during our competitions. Please take the time to read them.
Web Pages
Contacts
+ Armstrong, Lilian
+ Robinson, John
Click on name to see details.

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