Congratulations! I wish you a lot of luck in your first season.
There are four main tasks your team must be good at during build season:
- Robot design
- Robot building
The **design **process is simple enough, and well-documented, but please be sure the students understand it. See below…
**Robot building **has many elements, from metal-working (drilling, cutting, smoothing sharp edges) to electrical (wiring, mounting components) and, very important, programming. Learn about these and practice them with your ball-shooting robot. (There are many other tasks, but I think you can find most of them to practice. Building a small robot is a good idea). Also see reading, below.
**Teamwork **means working together, just like a baseball team. Each position has a part to play, some (like the pitcher) seem more important but they are all equally important to success. Beware, some teams struggle with this.
Reading might see like a dumb task - every school student can read! - but you would be surprised how many do not read what they should. Be certain each student takes time to read each of these: The RULES (which are delivered at kickoff). This is absolutely the most important thing!!. Then, read the many resources available on www.usfirst.org, with diagrams showing how to wire a robot, and many other things. Then read the LabView web site which explains how to use labview to program your robot (there are other sites too), and of course ChiefDelphi, which has the answer to every question ever asked, right here.
Robot design: First, learn The Game, and develop a Strategy to Win The Game. Determine the Robot Capabilities required to perform the Strategy, and rank these in order of importance*. Then identify Mechanisms that can deliver the Capabilities, and select those you can build with your resources. Finally, design those mechanisms, build them, and assemble them into a Robot.
*For example: 1. Able to move on the field. 2. Able to get a ball from a human player. 3. Able to shoot a ball 8 feet in the air from 10 feet away. 4. Able to get a ball from the ground. 5. Able to detect the “hot goal”. (and so on).
The priority helps when you run out of time: You stop all efforts on low priorities until the high priorities are complete. You can see how 1. is more important than 4. and 5.
Also, ask any questions here on Chief Delphi, we are very happy to help!