Today we reviewed our panel interview with the JPL Social Media Manager Stephanie Smith. First, we began be stating our one liners that we had previously prepared for the panel interview. After doing so for each award, she would ask us questions regarding each aspect. Examples included Emilio giving the one liner for design and then Stephanie questioning what exactly the design process was. After we explained, she recommended that visuals were quite distracting and told us to explain the process first and then have the focus pulled into the posters. Next, we started to go more into depth about our Connect since it was an award we really wished to try to strengthen. Not only did we pull out concrete events like the table top reviews, iRobot, and plenty others. Stephanie was impressed by how we covered so many aspects of each award and recommended that we had a solid event to tie back to when the judges questioned us. While, the team listed out the examples, our mentor, Mr. Porter wrote them down. (That will be attached below) Among the awards we explicitly listed were Design, Motivate, Connect, Innovate, and Control. Overall, Stephanie helped us greatly narrow down exactly what we wanted to say and helped organize and prepare us for the regional interview.
Today, we had a practice match with the other top teams in the league including: Kings and Queens, Golden Gears, Hippie Bots, and Brainstormz. At the beginning of the day, we had to resolve several issues with the robot that were stopping us from being able to score. These issues were all results from the build day last Saturday. One issue was that the hook was pushed to far back thanks to tension-er. Although the easier solution seemed to be simply loosing the tension, we found we were not able to do this because it would result in us being lower than the 4 required inches at the beginning of autonomous. Our solution was to add standoffs to the hook, making them stick out half an inch farther than originally. This actually allowed us to hook on much more easily than before because we no longer have to be flush up against the wall in order to hook on. We also made a few adjustments to the arm and brought it back to its full efficiency.
After making the robot ready for competition, we began to run a few scrimmage runs with the other teams. First, we practiced with the Kings and Queens and scored a total of 35 minerals, a huge milestone for both of us. Next, we played with Brainstormz were we scored a total of 27 minerals. Then, we took on Brainstormz in a one on one twice, scoring 16 minerals but ended up disconnecting in the second run. Once we fixed the problem, we went one v one with Hippie Bots three times. First we scored 16 minerals, then 23 minerals (a personal best), and finally 22 minerals.
Jessica and Andrew worked on organizing the notebook and getting all of our sketches to be included. They focused on making many of the initial entrees longer are more detailed because there were many times where we had very superficial explanations.
Here is an outline of a possible version two of our robot:
On January 22, Jonah and Jessica went to Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena and represented Suit Bots along with other robotics teams to educate the youth about robotic opportunities. We brought out demo bot and began by setting up three of our team’s poster. Right as we began to drive the robot. Crowds of children gathered, curious and engaged. As we allowed the first child to drive the remote, a line gathered quickly. Some were shy and at first unwilling to drive but eventually they got comfortable and actually had a lot of fun. Kids were jumping around the robot and playing games.
During this time, one of us would accompany the child while the other spoke to the parent. We introduced them to FLL and encouraged them to find out more information on the First website. We arrived around 6 and spent two hours talking to dozens of parents and packed up at 8 after the last robot driver was done.