Sub-team Spotlight: Lower Mechanical
This week our focus is on the Lower Mechanical sub-team. The Lower Mech. sub-team is a small team of about 10 members, run by sub-team leader Mason Epping and Mentor Joe Gallina, this sub-team builds the framework for the robot. Among building the frames, they also test them, and make sure that whatever they build can support all the mechanisms that upper mechanical has for the bot. For this year’s bot, they modified the framework from last year’s robot, OTIS, to fit in with this year’s game constraints. This year, Neo-Motors are allowed for game play for the first time, so the Lower Mech. sub-team tested them on an already existing frame, and determined that the chaos that comes with programming these unknown motors was too much for the team to handle this year, so we are sticking with what we know.
Fun Fact of the Week
- Team 7299, The Robotic Eagles, will competing in the Finger Lakes Regional on March 15th and 16th, with the help of Ranger Robotics.
Quote of the Week
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”Maya Angelou
Week four of build season brought about some challenges; due to the frigid temperatures, we were unable to have a full week of after-school work time. To make up for the lost time we have been putting in extra effort to stay on schedule. Sub-teams have been working in overdrive to try to reach deadlines on time. Marketing has just a few short days to finish their Chairman’s essay, as well as the Woodie Flowers essay. Electrical is busy wiring the practice bot, while Programming works on the code that makes to robot go. Upper Mech. is busy creating the perfect mechanisms, while Lower Mech. is building a supporting frame. Suffice to say that the crazy around here is heighted this week, but when build season ends is when the real fun begins. Come see us compete on March 15th and 16th at the RIT Gordon Field House.