Today, we celebrated the start of February Break over an entertaining dinner conversation. We spent most of the half hour assigning each other appropriate spirit animals. Favorites include sloths, penguins, ostriches, turtles (both sea and land varieties), gazelles, and owls.
The Build and Programming teams divided up as usual after making it downstairs. Programming worked on mounting the bridge to the chassis. They also worked through some pneumatics problems and continued work on the electronics board in general.
Build broke up into smaller groups that tackled various issues with the bumpers, the pusher downer, and the mailbox. Yesterday we realized that the stationary hooks would not be able to be mounted completely inside of the cutout, and therefore would extend outside of the chassis. We added about an inch to the front of the chassis to make sure the hooks will fit inside the perimeter restriction. The solution created a problem for the bumper group, who spent the night fixing the bumpers to ensure that they will fit the new chassis dimensions.
The pusher downer group continued and finished calculations for the lead screw length and overall dimensions of the pusher downer. Discussion led to an engaging mini physics lesson from some of the mentors about how different types of motors work.
The mailbox is nearly done! Holes were drilled, bolts were secured, and progress was most definitely made!
The final crunch has begun. Starting tomorrow we will be meeting from 8am until 11pm!