Picking our theme
After lots of discussions, we narrowed our theme choice down to two possible themes: NASCAR and Kingsman.
After a lunch presentation of both themes by some senior students, all team members had a secret ballot vote that was then counted by Mr. Graham and Mr. Dobbs.
This year's theme will be NASCAR! Already a lot of ideas!
Front of the kiosk
Every year, we spend a lot of time trying to decide on the front of our kiosk. It is everyone’s first impression of Centennial at the competition, and we
want to let everyone know our theme choice.
This year, we are going big with a 12' × 6' checkered flag!
This is an exciting year for Centennial as the CRC competition is being held right here with us. The entire team is very excited, but very nervous as the preliminary rule book showed steps…big steps.
At the kickoff, Riverside's Director General, Sylvain Racette, opened the kickoff welcoming the CRC to Riverside and Centennial, but everyone was more excited to see the field.
The game field does have steps, but smaller than what we thought, with only 1 ½” and 3” steps. The game pieces are tennis balls, and the rules are pretty simple. The team measured everything possible, and we already have some big ideas!
1st full planning session
Now that the kickoff is over and we have the official rules, everyone separated into their respective team to brainstorm and plan.
Some plans might be a little ambitious, but it is better to think big and aim high!
Work, work, work, work, work, work!
From planning to executing, everyone is working hard.
The kiosk team is building new walls and cutting out our letter.
The robot team is working on drive system prototypes.
Everything is coming together!
The robot team is trying some prototypes for different drive systems and launching systems.
Our web developer (Jacob) is getting some feedback from some of the sec. 5 girls about his webpage.
The kiosk team is working on the bones, but still planning some of the more ambitious projects.
Pickup system prototype
Some new team members have been working on a pickup system so that when it rotates, it brings the balls into the robot.
There have been a few issues, but it looks very promising.
Ready to launch
The robot team is using something very similar to what we did last year to launch the game pieces. Hopefully, it can work well with the rest of the robot!
Belt sander inspired pickup
Inspired by one of the belt sanders we have in our workshop, the robot team is trying a different pickup system that would use belt sandpaper to bring the game pieces into the robot.
It seemed to work well, but the length of the sandpaper is limited.
Second junk yard visit at Kenny U-Pull
Now that we have decided what we want exactly; namely 1 front bumper, 4 back bumpers, and 1 front hood, we have to take everything off the cars.
Unfortunately, we could not do it ourselves as you have to be over 18 to “touch” the cars, so special thank you to Nick and Mr. Dobbs for doing all the work. Also, thank you to Kenny U-Pull who donated all the parts to help with our kiosk!
Back from the holidays
6 weeks left before the competition!
Prototypes must now become parts of the robot.
Painting needs to be completed.
Video team needs to start shooting actual footage.
Not a lot of time left, and a lot to do!
Left, right, rorwards, backwards
Looks like the team is moving forward with the mecanum wheel drive system. It can easily move in all directions.
Hopefully it can also do the 3” stair!
We are at the final stretch before the competition.
The video and website are due next week and that is the priority right now.
This is exam week at Centennial, so not everyone is available to work, meaning that we are going to have to be efficient next week!