Happy Build season! The week started out with kickoff early January 5th where this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent, was unveiled for the first time. The rest of the week was spent, strategizing, designing and prototyping. Next week we will start actual robot construction.
Matthew Pettersen refreshes the team’s memory on some robot design basics the night before kickoff. The team does extensive training every fall to ensure that members are ready for build season.
Susie Dole earnestly watches the 2013 game video at Kickoff. Kickoff marks the start of build season and a new game. In this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent, robots must throw Frisbees and/or climb towers to score points.
Brendan Prince tosses a Frisbee at a mock up of the high goal on Saturday. The team does human simulations like this to gain a perspective on what obstacles this game presents and which strategies work the best to overcome them.
Susie Dole and Miles van de Wetering draw a diagram of the game field shortly after kickoff. This year’s game features two large pyramid shaped towers on each side of the field. Robots can climb these for points.
Connor Sherlock and Eddie Torres construct a prototype of their design to present to the team.
Manu Nimmala discusses her idea with other members of the mechanical sub-team on Tuesday as they prepare for a design review.
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Pictures taken by Grady Holaday