BOCA BEARINGS 2014 INNOVATION COMPETITION

MMRamboics - FIRST Team 2200

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT


Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

Our project is a competition robot designed for use in the FIRST Robotics Competition game called Logomotion. It's function was to hang as many inner tubes on scoring pegs as possible in two minutes. Scoring pegs were up to eight feet off the ground.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

Our team started working on this project in January, we had a mere six weeks to design and build the complete robot.

What was your goal in building this project?

Our goal was to keep things as simple in possible, using techniques perfected over five years of competition. We wanted to be able to score a full inner tube logo as well as hang a tube completely autonomously. All while being fast, light, and balanced.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

Our project solves a problem that has been around for a long time. We give students an opportunity to learn about programming, machining and welding just to name a few skills students learn, these real-world skills learned in the classroom are taught in a fun and engaging way.

What makes your idea unique?

Our robot has several unique aspects, we're much lighter than other competition robots and went through several iterations to get the perfect drivetrain. We ended up using three different types of wheels for the smoothest driving and handling on the competition field. To fit within the dimension constraints, our students engineered a telescopic arm which allows us to extend and reach the top scoring pegs. On top of this, we perfected our old proven ideas, such as quick release bumper mounting.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

We use many kinds of bearings on the robot, last year we used over 30 bearings on our robot of different styles such as flanged bearing on our arm and roller bearing in our gearboxes.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

We want people to know about the incredible challenges our students undergo in an incredibly small six week period. Students are learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics at a level not seen in any other program. Our project forces students to be innovative and think about complicated problems.

How will you use the $10,000 prize?

The prize will be used to further expand our program and subsidize the running costs of the program such as entrance fees, materials, travel and supplies.

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