Saturday, February 8, 2014

Week 5 - Review

Learning the basic controls of the robot!
Worked hard to set up the gym. Driving station ready and working!

Navigating through cones in obstacle course!

The programmers have modified several wheel directions after testing, since some of them were driving backwards. They also have re-imaged the the cRIO and got the robot and drivers station to communicate. Also, they have done a lot of testing of the motors since they are now working on the robot. This enabled them to do some modification in the code.
-Jordan, programming team.

Over the course of this week, we the programmers have succeeded in re-imaging the cRIO after it mysteriously lost its image, getting the robot and driver station to communicate, and performing general troubleshooting of drive motors, vision, ball catching rollers, and other such things.
-Madeline, Programming team. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mentor Mention: Gary

We are so thankful for all the mentors who have helped PhyXTGears over the years. Recently we cornered Gary and asked him a few questions about FIRST and working with our team.


One quote from the clip:

 "FIRST team program helps the students learn a lot of things that they would not learn in school. I've helped young people use the electric drills, drill presses, band saws, table saws--- these are thing that don't often get opportunities in the school systems to learn how to use. And they're scared to death when they walk up to it or when I hand them a drill and say, "Drill this hole."  But I'll drill one or two holes and then I'll say you drill hole 3 and 4. And they'll do it and in the future I can give them a drill and they can take care of the holes without any problems. Giving them the opportunity to overcome those fears of the equipment has been a real plus mark-- it is a growing experience for them."

Thank you Gary for all you do!