As a team, we are in all days but sunday (We may get a friday off depending on our progress). Though, not every person is in 6 days a week since monday may be for controls and mechanical and tuesday may be for electrical and controls… that kind of thing.
Our team meets Monday-Thursday for around 2-3 hours, taking off Fridays (until crunchtime of course ), and about 6-7 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. We require all members to put in at least 40 hours during build season to travel to regionals or nationals. Typically, we aim to have it done by the end of week 5, but in the past few years it’s dragged us into week 6, and even stop build day… This is NOT a good thing. Its much better finishing earlier to allow time for driver practice and tuning the bot. Overlooking either of those things can bring down a good team. The robot is never going to be perfect on its first run. It can take weeks to work out the inevitable problems, and develop ways to overcome them, either by modifying the bot itself, or changing how it’s driven. It’s also important to know the true capabilities of the bot in order to develop a solid gameplay strategy beforehand.
Mon-Thu, 2 hours per day, Sat 7 hours per day, for a total of 15 hours per week.
We tend to ramp it up at the end to get everything done, but we aim to be “finished” 1 week before Stop Build day, so programming can test stuff out, drivers can get some experience, and we can fix anything that isn’t working right.
Of course, none of that includes “homework” we give the students - to think about new mechanisms, to figure out how something is going to work on paper, or “do the math” behind something to make sure it’ll meet our needs. Plus there’s the obligatory 2+ hours per day spent on Chief Delphi, but that may just be me
We work every Day
Monday - Thursday 3-9
And our CAD guys are constantly on CAD, programmers are always programming away. our CNC is almost non stop, and Machinist are always on the Bridgeports. Either making practice bot parts, Competition Bot Parts, or Backup parts.
We don’t stop working.
We don’t require any student to be at the shop though. Most of our who to take on a trip decisions are based on hours and fundraising help, but all of us are extremely motivated to build those robots.
We meet every day except for Sundays and we give Thursdays off because Friday tends to be the day when teachers give tests/quizzes and have major assignments due, but the team’s leaders tend to meet on Thursdays anyway, and by Week 5, everybody is. Our “official” meeting schedule is weekdays from 3:30pm-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. However, the time spent working goes up and up the farther we get into build season. The final Saturday before Stop Build Day was a 12-hour work day (for some of us) and the Monday before Stop Build Day Tuesday, the drive team was practicing until roughly 10pm (on a school night). We plan so that sort of thing doesn’t happen, because we don’t want anybody to fall behind in school because of the team, but sometimes it just happens. However, we did have very few members last season, and that number has doubled this season, so we may not have that problem. We did absolutely no work on Stop Build Day, and had the robot bagged and tagged the night before and managed to get testing/calibration done with driver practice as well.
We work 9-5 (or later) on weekends, and work 2:30 or so till 6 weekdays, except Thursdays, on which we work till 7 and have a meeting til 8:30. I CAD constantly, sometimes until 10 at night (or later), and sometimes get up at 6:30 to start again.
Our tenative (make that increasingly unlikely) goal for a practicing robot is the end of week 3. We had a fully functional robot (mechanically and electronically) by week 5 last year.
We work 6 days a week.
Early season: Around 12pm - 5pm
MId season: 9am - 5pm weekdays, 12pm - 5pm Saturdays
Late season: 9am - 10pm or later (3:35pm - 10pm on school days)
When we start adding hours depends on our progress. Usually we do 2 weeks of 12-5, 3 weeks of 9-5, and one week of 9-10. Our district has most of January off for final exams, so there are no classes.
We work Tues/Thurs from 6-9 and Saturdays 10-4 for a total of…18 hours, I think. The last weekend and Monday/Tuesday before stop build is always around the clock, we usually get kicked out at midnight because thats when they lock the gates to the school. Stop Build Day always falls during February vacation so we don’t have to worry about the kids being exhausted in school Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.
I think the goal this year is to have a pretty full robot for practice by week 5. I do believe last year we got zero practice before it went into the bag.