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Week 4: Build Season

by Rachelle L., Last updated Fri, Feb 1, 2019 9:39 PM CST

It's the end of week four and, unfortunately, some teams across the mid-west have had worked delayed because of the polar vortex. Kasson-Mantorville had four snow days this week, which prevented the team from making much progress on the robot; but deadlines still apply and the robot has to be bagged and tagged on February 19th, 2019. This Thursday, the Otternauts met despite the weather and luckily enough one of our team members developed and worked on the mechanism we will use to place cargo and hatches on the rocket. He met with a few other team members today and that team will be improving this mechanism to perfect it as much as possible. The group working on the system to climb levels has been adapting the ball screw system to the robot. Also another group has started the much needed bumpers.

The Otternauts are working to can catch up on the missed days, and hopefully the weather will continue improve.


Week 3: Build Season

by Rachelle L., Last updated Mon, Jan 28, 2019 12:26 PM CST

The team has made daily goals to accomplish tasks quicker and they even separated into groups to work on the system each group signed up for. Groups have been working with each other to have a complete understanding of this year's robot and to work more efficiently. Unfortunately, this week hasn't gone so smoothly since there was a winter storm that prevented the team from meeting last Tuesday. The team has managed to put more hours in to make up for the lost time, and they will continue to meet every day they can. Thanks to this, the Otternauts have gotten a lot done; although, there have been few mistakes here and there, but they learned a lot from these and continue to grow as a team and as individuals.

The Otternauts have been working to prevent inefficiency and they will continue to do so. Overall, it has been another good week.

Box Pushing 101


Week 2: Build Season

by Rachelle L., Last updated Fri, Jan 18, 2019 12:24 PM CST

After lots of prototyping, the team has come up with several main ideas for mechanisms and are currently working to make important decisions. They have already come up with their strategy for this game and what they want to accomplish. The team is now going in depth with building the robot and getting every system onto the robot. Last year, to climb they used a similar mechanism to the one they will be using this year, that is why the team decided to name the new system Stephanie 2.0, after our 2018 robot. Because this is the team's third year, members have been working quicker since everything is familiar; they have helped new members adapt and they have also started teaching some new skills to the rookies.

Hopefully everything keeps going as well as it has been, and we know the Otternauts will do their part.


Week 1: Build Season

by Rachelle L., Last updated Fri, Jan 11, 2019 5:14 PM CST

It's the end of Week One of the FRC Build Season and the Otternauts started this season stronger than ever! This past week was composed of lots of hard work on prototyping, and bringing new organizational systems into place. To be the most productive, the team has agreed and voted on the Leadership Team. Also, this year, almost half of the team is composed of new members which means that the team has spent a great amount of time getting to know each other, while still getting work done. The team has already prototyped a bit, but they are still working on making decisions about which mechanisms to include on our 2019 robot -who's name is yet to be determined.

The team is excited to work and is looking forward for another thrilling season!