Currently, we are beginning a new project who's goals are provided by NASA. This project will help us develop skills in engineering, science, and robotics, and promote these in our work environment.
Our first robotic arm is finished. We completed the arm and it is fully functional aside from one converter which was overloaded and quickly replaced. The robotic arm is open to improvements, but currently it is in testing phase so that we can determine where these improvements will be.
Finally, we are working on a poster advertisement to promote our group and recruit new members to the team. A copy of this poster will be uploaded as soon as it is complete. We need to diminish the size of other groups and increase our own in order to increase our budget and the resources and materials available to us.
Currently our group has abandoned the construction of the robotic arena. Our mentor, Mr. Didacus, was not satisfied with the level of engineering which we were doing and we have decided to leave the project in order to save time. Other groups are attempting to fix the arena while we prepare to navigate our robot around the arena and retrieve the mines. We will keep you posted on the status of the competition which is tomorrow and my personal assistant Anthony will be recording video, taking pictures, uploading presentations, and blogging all at once to keep you informed at all times during the competition.
Today our group completed the construction of the Robotic Arena which will be used for the Minesweeper competition on Friday. While other groups have worked on the arena in some ways, our group has the most participation in this great event and we are considered the sponsors of this project. We are proud to host the Minesweeper competition soon, and we hope to do well in this competition!
The basic layout of the arena starts with the cardboard base. Each base is raised about six inches and has several holes in it for columns on which the "mines" (or balls) will be placed. There are a total of four platform, connected by wooden bridges making it challenging to get around. There is one platform, the entrance platform, which does not have any holes on it. It is purely for the purpose of entering the arena and navigating around it.
The structure looks like this:
Our robotics arm, dubbed SASHA 6.0 is by far one of our most complex robots ever. In our last post, you've seen some sneak pics of it, and here are some more, for construction of this latest robot is almost done. All that is left is to program it and amaze the public with its versatility.
In other news, our previous SASHA robot, capable of mine sweeping is under maintenance, and repairs will be done by Kevin Musco for the competition on Friday. We hope to do well with this robot. Here is an image of it in its completed form:
All of you found this blog somehow. We now would like to take advantage of the fact that you discovered us and point you towards some other places where we post information so you can find out the most about our group and enjoy all of the resources we provide for you to learn about us.
Here are the places we currently use (hint: each image is a link):
Project SASHA Vex is now on Merit Boosters! Merit Boosters is a website designed to help youth earn money for projects and goals that they have. We hope to create a project on this website soon and get approved so that we can start raising money for future projects. We will keep you updated on the status of our profile on this website so that you can support our group.