Indian Hill Girl Powered Event

Event #0.7 – Practice at Kettering University Robotics Center- 11-1-18

We have a 2nd practice session arranged for Thursday, November 1st. 
It is held at the Kettering University Robotics Center (map – the building with the pin at the corner of Chevrolet and Dupont.  There is a stairway in the outside corner where we enter.). It will be at our normal meeting time, 6:00pm.  The lab is open until 9:00, but they expect practice teams to start to clean up and move out at 8:30, as everyone has homes and families to get back to.  The robotics lab is at 1700 University Avenue.

This will be the last chance to ready things prior to our competition on Nov. 3.  It will be critical that we have everyones attention and stay focused on getting Charlie working properly.  In addition, we are using another facility and although its not a judged event, lets make sure our friends at Kettering remember how professional Major Trouble is.  See you there!

Event #0.5 – Practice at Kettering University Robotics Center- 10-25-18

Hey Team – We have a practice session arranged for next Thursday, October 25th.  It is held at the Kettering University Robotics Center (map – the building with the pin at the corner of Chevrolet and Dupont.  There is a stairway in the outside corner where we enter.).  It will be at our normal meeting time, 6:00pm.  The lab is open until 9:00, but they expect practice teams to start to clean up and move out at 8:30, as everyone has homes and families to get back to.

This will be our first attempt at driving and programming an autonomous in preparation for our competition on Nov. 3.  It will be critical that we have everyones attention and stay focused on getting Charlie working properly.  In addition, we are using another facility and although its not a judged event, lets make sure our friends at Kettering remember how professional Major Trouble is.  See you there!

Girl Powered in Troy

Today, 10-14-2018 we went to Troy to speak and listen to the presentation of some other amazing robotics teams, involving what they do and why they are girl-powered. We are Girl Powered because we support each other, and encourage others outside of the team. We got the opportunity to listen and talk about what we love about robotics.

Some members of our team got the chance to drive a working robot for the first time because sadly our robot, Charlie 5.0 is not yet up and running. We were also able to interact with robotics teams from both elementary and high school levels. This was an amazing event and a great experience for our team, that will hopefully be followed by a productive meeting. 

Our first frame

The meager beginnings of Charlie 5.0

Our first build

This was our first attempt to begin building our robot, Charlie 5.0. During our first build meeting, we started to assemble the frame, and ended up with the our robot shown above.  This is only the beginning. The first step was to prioritize. We had to establish what we would build first.  After deciding it would be a good idea to have a fork lift to flip caps and place them on poles and a ball intake system and launcher, we started to build. 

By our first competition, our team is optimistic that we will have a working, driving robot that can at least flip caps. Team Major Trouble is excited and looking forward to a great season!