Waco + so far
I forgot to do a Waco recap, so here it is:
- Over 15 major components broke and subsequently got fixed before the next match, with much thanks to the Pit Crew!
- Climber broke a lot, we couldn’t manage to get a traversal climb during any official match.
- We helped 8710 Blum Bobcat Robotics with their programming, since their only programmer was out sick
- When climbing on the practice field, we fell due to our swinging and accidentally broke one of our swerve modules. Oops. In one of the matches we play, you can see us failing to drive around because we miscalibrated the replacement module.
- We had a lot of connection issues, especially in the pits. Big thanks to the CSAs from 6377 for listening to our problems!
- During qualification 75 and elimination 1, our bot shut down - the first match was due to a loose lug on the main breaker (double oops), and the second was likely due to something with the Rio.
- Sadly, the FIRST website broke when we were submitting our Chairman’s documents, so it didn’t register as “submitted.” We weren’t able to compete for Chairman’s here, unfortunately.
- However, we placed decently overall and managed to climb back up in the leaderboard on Saturday after our losses from Friday, and a lot of the rookies got competition experience in the stands and in the pits.
- Also, we got the Spirit Award!
Since Waco, we went through several code upgrades and refined our climber some more. Spring Break was right after Waco, so although we did lose a week, we still made a lot of progress with our bot.
Build: We’ve started prototyping a v2 climber, but it won’t go on until after Irving (because of the time it takes to test and code it). Also, we mounted the angler, fixed the intake coming out of the pivot, and are working on protective covers for our Falcons.
Programming: We switched out the navX on our bot to a Pigeon 2.0, which is much smoother. Then, we were able to get our aiming to work, especially with the angler and RPM automatically adjusting, all with the press of one button. So far, we’ve been cranking out auton, auton, and auton, trying to fiddle around using trial and error with PathPlanner.
Marketing: We painted a backdrop on the sponsor panel, touched up our decorations, and made a heck lot of buttons.
Electronics: We added a network switch to the robot, and we also added the Pigeon 2.0. We tried using the CANivore, but our bus length was too long and it didn’t detect any devices. Also, we switched out the Ethernet cables for newer and faster ones, and we did some cable management.
Outreach: We worked on updating our Chairman’s handout and tried to come up with more outreach ideas. We also started a sponsorship template email.
SnS: We updated our team data sheets to Irving and looked at Channelview matches. We also fixed a bug in our Scouting App where the up and down arrows for our counters wouldn’t work.
But in addition to our normal practices, we had several special practices after Waco to make up for lost time. The first was on Wednesday in Rockwall, where 1296 graciously lent us their full-sized field to test on (thanks!). There, we were able to get auto angler and shooter RPM adjustment based on distance from the hub, and we also tested the waters of PathPlanner. In addition, we were able to test our traversal climb again!
We also had other special practices over the weekend. Our build lead took the bot home for Saturday and Sunday, and a small crew of 4-7 people worked on it in his garage, getting the climber fixed and other miscellaneous issues, especially with the swerve drive.
In addition, 5417 allowed us to use their partial field because they have a high ceiling - we were able to completely tune the limelight there, and we even had a defensive battle against them! Thanks for the fun and field!