Final Design Has Been Picked

Final Design Has Been Picked

Well, we are well into the season at this point, and the fruits of our labor could not look better.

After MUCH deliberation, our team finally selected its design for the final robot. While I personally can’t say anything about it now, believe me when I say it looks fantastic. We just ordered parts for this bot, so expect to see great things in the near future! (take a look at the background pic if you want a hint).

By the way, we have a Parent get-together planned for this Friday. Check your inboxes, or shoot us an email for more information. It’s going to be a fun night of showing parents what we’ve done so far.

 

 

Week 3 Recap: Halfway there!

After working insanely hard this past week, the team has made significant progress, not to mention a few awesome things on the side.

Here are just some of the things we have done.

PROTOTYPING IS COMPLETE

The two teams, Prototypes 1 and 2, have finished their metal prototypes and have gone over peer and mentor review.  Here are their finished products!

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Prototype 1: This version features a metal frame instead of a wooden one. The ropes have been replaced with belts and the hooks now take the form of wooden custom hooks, instead of generic L-brackets.

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Prototype 2: This prototype now sports a wooden frame with wood to support the electronics and pneumatics. In addition to the grasping system we have seen previously, this team has developed a lifting system composed of a motor, pulleys, steel cable and makeshift guide rails.

We have already selected the winning prototype and will continue to work on it for the rest of the season. Check back next week to see our progress!

In other news, we started an FLL Team! Click here to learn more!

The drive train is pretty much complete and ready to roll out. This is the first time the Titanium Robotics has used mecanum wheels, and we hope it will provide us an advantage in competition.

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These mecanum wheels will give our robot a relatively high speed with a lot of maneuverability.

In the meantime, our drivers are having a field day with these.  It is safe to say that some of us like these new wheels a little bit too much.

These are only some of the things we have been working on and we can’t wait to show off the rest and time passes! We’re halfway through build season! Check back next week for yet another recap!

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We started an FLL Team!

We are very proud to announce the official formation of a local FLL team in our community of San Marino.

Valentine Elementary, with input from this team, is currently setting up a group of elementary and middle schoolers to participate in the 2015 FIRST Lego League season. Titanium Robotics sent student representatives to their first parent meeting to pledge financial and mentor support; a few parents have kids who are in Team 1160 or are alumni.

 

Says Mark Liang, the 2015 Business President, “Everyone on the team is happy to help spread the ideal of FIRST throughout the community… this is the first step in implementing programs at the elementary schools and middle schools and give these kids a taste of what real science and problem science looks like.”

More updates to come! For information about the FLL team, please contact us at titaniumrobotics@gmail.com or mimychen@hotmail.com.

Movie Time: Spare Parts

Today, we took a break from the robo room to bond together as a team by watching a movie, Spare Parts.

Spare Parts, tells the story of how four undocumented students from Carl Hayden High School in Arizona formed a robotics team under the leadership of the school’s newest teacher, Fredi Cameron, who is played by George Lopez.  These students were dragged out of seemingly hopeless situations and came together to work towards a common goal: competing in a national robotics competition.

The team arrives at the competition with their robot. (Spare Parts, 2015)

The team arrives at the competition with their robot. (Spare Parts, 2015)

The competition was a water game. Robots were required to complete various tasks underwater. With less than $800 dollars in funding, the team built “Stinky”, a robot made out of PVC piping and pool noodles with glue and tampons for waterproofing.  Despite competing against colleges with budgets in the thousands, Carl Hayden High won the competition, beating high ranking colleges such as MIT, the defending champion from the previous year.

This movie hit pretty close to home. Although most of us have not faced some of the struggles portrayed in the film, we can certainly relate to many of their challenges and, of course, their passion for robotics. Hopefully, this touching story will inspire us to work harder over the rest of build season.

Stay tuned for more updates from Team 1160: Titanium Robotics

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