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May Madness 2017

By on Mar 15, 2017 in Blog, Outreach | 0 comments

This year's May Madness is out! If you don't know what May Madness is, it is an event run by SHARP and is held in the Sarah Heinz House gym every year to promote robotics. It focuses on creativity, learning, and having fun! The main event this year is Mice Escape, where each team's robot must help the mice escape. Three more challenges will be held during May...

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The Shooter by Luke

By on Feb 12, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

After developing the first prototype drivetrain, we decided we also wanted to be able to shoot the ball into the high goal of the tower. After designing the shooter in CAD, parts were soon fabricated and assembled. This was the first part for the robot that I ever designed using CAD and was quite pleased with the quality. Upon the first test of the design, the...

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It’s All Coming Together by Aidan

It’s All Coming Together by Aidan

By on Jan 29, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

We have just come off of a very successful round of full size prototypes. All of our proof-of-concepts for shooting, climbing, and “swiss-army knife”-ing worked well enough that with a full, thought-out design design of each, they would work like a robot should. The real challenge now comes the integration of all of these items into one robot. More than any other...

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Programming Team by Lucas

Programming Team by Lucas

By on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Part of the challenge of Stronghold is very quickly adapting to the field. Given that the field has over 10,000 possible field configurations, it would be impossible to write code for every autonomous situation. I spent the first week of build season writing a program that I call “SHARP Quick Configuration”. It allows our team to tell the robot how the field is...

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Working on the Chassis by Alex

Working on the Chassis by Alex

By on Jan 20, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Over the last couple of days, a couple of students have been trained on using our new mill. We bought the mill over the summer but just recently started using it to fabricate our chassis. With the help of a few of our mentors who have been trained on using them, we were able to complete our first west coast drive chassis. We milled out the holes that the gearbox...

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More Prototyping by Keimon

More Prototyping by Keimon

By on Jan 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Today, my group worked to build a piston actuated lifting prototype system that would help us complete several obstacles. We may have had many difficulties, but we ended up with a product that was not only reliable, but had enough space to include many other parts that may help us get far in our competition. I had lots of help from my teammates, and even though...

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