Today’s meeting was full of PARTS! Our VEX order finally arrived, and we had fun unboxing and going through various materials as a group. There were many shafts, channels, screws, and “friction-ful” mats. Afterwards, we broke into our respective groups to modify and enhance our designs after seeing the game parts – for example, the competition balls were heavier and the caps were smoother than expected. One team even built a small prototype of their mechanism with some of the metal.
VEX U: We will have a meeting 6PM on 11/13 @ the ANTrepreneur Center.
This meeting occurred in the midst of midterm season, so we wanted to keep it light and playful. We surfed YouTube for videos on other VEX teams, but somehow ended up watching Hebocon and reading posts on UCI Confessions… Hopefully it was fun and a good study break forall!
VEX U: We will have a meeting 6PM on 11/6 @ the ANTrepreneur Center.
General Meeting: 8PM on 11//7 @ SSL 140. Micah will be hosting a workshop on Electrical Design!
Today the teams did more brush-ups on their designs and went through another round of scrutiny.
All the teams did a great job presenting! We had two teams each on designing the mechanisms required for shooting and managing caps. They independently reviewed the design requirements laid out last meeting.
One of the proposed mechanisms for grabbers was rather “thiccc”. In this idea, the claws were in parallel, which granted the namesake.
One shooter groups was particularly creative in using snaps to show their step-by-step design.
Overall, we used the meeting as an opportunity to receive feedback and criticism from other club members about their design, so that we can implement changes in the future.
VEX U: We will have a meeting 6PM on 10/30 @ the ANTrepreneur Center.
General Meeting: 8PM on 11/7 @ SSL 140. Our general meetings are now every other week. Tune in November 7th for a workshop on Electrical Design!
Hello all! At our third VEX U meeting, we worked in our respective groups on requirement design – outlining the details of each competition task, the time we wish to accomplish it in, and how we plan to do so.
Afterwards, each group zoned in on specific mechanisms. Two groups brainstormed ideas for shooting, two others focused on grabbing caps, and the final group worked on parking. Link to meeting slides here!
VEX U: We will have a meeting 6PM on 10/23 @ the ANTrepreneur Center.
General Meeting: 8PM on 10/24 @ SSL 140. Our very own co-president will be speaking about drivetrains, gear ratios, and transmissions!
This meeting was dedicated to the WHAT! To make any new mechanism or competitive robot necessitates understanding the competition itself. We pored over the game manual and split into groups to brainstorm our top ideas. After an hour of in-group discussion, we regrouped to refine our final tactic. Come to the next meeting to hear more! (Slides can be found here).
Unfortunately, robotics is expensive :(. This makes us sad too, but we’ll have to charge a $40 fee to attend Vex U meetings. This will include a T-Shirt, but it’s just a reality of robotics.
Want to help out? Like we said, robots are expensive, but we’re running a campaign on ZotFunder (UCI’s GoFundMe) to help make that less of an issue! Share it with your friends and family: zotbotics.org/donate!
Vex U: We will meet 6PM on 10/16 @ the ANTrepreneur Center. Meetings will continue on Tuesday nights at 6.
General Meeting: 8PM on 10/17 @ SSL 140. We’ll be talking about working intelligently with digital teams: GitHub/Slack/GrabCAD.