A lot of the time I’m doing PID or Feedforward testing on the robot and a mechanical member comes over and just picks it up in the middle of testing and leaves. Then, they like to ask me if PID is done yet. It’s reeaaaaally fun when this happens. I love having no robot to tune PID for.
That’s when you tell them:
“You don’t get PID on the robot, because you obviously don’t think it’s important.”
When they protest that it is, you immediately walk out to whatever they’re doing and take the robot back without saying anything. Place a sign on the robot: “PID tuning in progress. Remove and lose your right to complain about lack of PID forever.”
(While testing a prototype)
Build mentor (To another student): “Can you go get me some wood screws?”
Programmer: “Wait, so… What is the difference wood screws and a regular screw?”
Build Mentor and build students explain that there are different screws for different tasks (drywall screws, wood screws, ect.)
Programmer: “Wait, so, shouldn’t you be using a PVC pipe screw?”
Build mentor: “When would you ever want to put screws and holes in your pipes?!”
Build team bursts out in laughter
“I call dibs on crashing the robot 1st.”
Said after I asked what the battery was idling at.
“The robot is currently idling at disconnected”
“I’m sticking the Jetson Nano in a toaster oven so we can make paninis while we do vision on the robot”
The concluding remark, said by a mechanical mentor, to an argument between the programmers
I squeck in the face of danger
“It’s inaccessible because C and E are lighting things on fire.”
“Well, I think I’m still in the future, so I’m waiting for that to go away.”
Is something assembled and it shouldn’t be? SAWZALL!!!
The past 3 days of getting a 3D printer to work:
30 minutes later
“Wait why is the Airwolf not working?”
an hour of fixing later
“Ok, it’s fixed”
Prints something and comes back in 30 minutes
“Yay! It didn’t self destruct!”
“as the great [insert previous year’s president name here] said, ‘my eyes are closed’”
in reference to not wearing safety glasses
when in doubt put a more expensive thing in it
what did i tell you about eating bolts! mentor
(they’re nutritious and delicious?)sarcastic student
“No [programmer] you can’t drill into bearings.”
I instantly flashed back to two sentences from page 815 (Scholastic hardcover edition - about 2/3 through chapter 36) of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Fawkes swooped down in front of Dumbledore, opened his beak wide, and swallowed the jet of green light whole. He burst into flame and fell to the floor, small, wrinkled, and flightless.
“Loctite is spicy when you drink it”
From the card of both blue 242 and red 271 (I don’t have any others handy):
If swallowed, do not induce vominting. Obtain medical attention.
“Tech tip: red to red, black to black.”
student talking about a work surface he sees walking into the workroom
“Wow! It’s clean!”