February 8th, 2014


It's been quite a productive week for team STEMpunk 4531. We've got 10 days until build stop and our robot is finally coming together. It will hopefully be up & running by the end of this week!


Our business team has been preparing our Chairman's Award submission by writing our essay and taking video footage. We've also continued making buttons and started sewing bumpers for our robot. Since our team will switch between two alliance colors (red and blue) at competition, we choose to sew reversible bumpers rather than having to detach and re-affix a different set of bumpers for each match. 


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Our CAD Captain perfected the master assembly of our robot this week by adding small details, including bolts.


The programming team reclaimed parts from the kit-of-parts robot for use on our actual robot. Our rookie members have continued to learn how a robot drive system works and have extended their knowledge of programming movements. One of rookies has even begun to learn about incorporating limit switches into our electrical system. The programming team has also begun to plan out how we will fit our electrical components into our robot. 


The mechanical team began the week by rebuilding our frame to meet competition perimeter requirements. We created angle brackets to strengthen the assembly. We've added cross bracing to our shooter arms and designed a winch system to wind back the shooter mechanism. Team members from several different departments have spent the week working on our custom gearboxes by manufacturing spacers, threading bolts, and attaching our motors and wheels. Towards the end of Saturday, we constructed our high goal and did some test shooting with our frame/shooter assembly. 

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Thank you for supporting the Lakeshore FIRST Robotics Program!

Kelsey Murzyn
Communications Captain
FIRST Robotics STEMpunk 4531