Status Report: May 11, 2016
After a long period of time, here’s the first “status report” for the 2015-2016 year. The competition is only 5 days away, and the team is leaving for Florida in two days!
This year has been incredibly successful for our team. We have attended and organized over 15 outreach events promoting STEM, positively impacting over 1000 K-12 students. Our team has also been successful in raising over $20,000 from several sources, which is an incredible success. Thank you very much to our sponsors, we could not have done any of this without you!
Our robot design was completed over the first semester and we have completed a complete and comprehensive 3D Model of our robot showing all of the materials, hardware, and parts necessary to complete it. This was essential when moving to the second semester and beginning building, and also essential for beginning work on making the robot fully autonomous. See below for the SolidWorks renderings:
Currently, our mechanical and software designs have been finalized and we’ve been doing a great deal of testing, not only the mechanical aspects of the robot, but also the autonomous aspects. The programming this year has been done using the automation framework called ROS. ROS is an incredibly powerful framework incorporating industry grade pathfinding, mapping, and automation algorithms; and is completely customizable to work with whatever robot you can imagine.
Using this powerful framework we currently have our robot navigating through complex environments and avoiding obstacles without any user input. We are using this technology to do multiple autonomous digging rounds during the competition.
As the competition is so close, please check back for more details to come over the next week!