2020 FIRST Robotics Competition – Update on Team Manning Robotics

Vista is proud to sponsor Team 4267 Manning Robotics, who is representing Calgary’s Ernest Manning High School in the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition.

We’ll post weekly updates on the team’s progress here throughout the 12-week competition. You can also follow Manning Robotics on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Week 2

Week 2 Update

This past week students and mentors progressed prototypes and iterated through designs as prototype deficiencies were discovered. The laser cutter was busy cutting MDF for prototypes and mentor credit cards are getting a real workout.

Progress Notes

  • The mechanical, electrical and programming teams all worked together to get two practice robots driving.
  • The programmers made great progress and managed to program their practice robot to follow a ball automatically without input from the controllers. They also used their practice robot to spin the Control Panel, which was fabricated and painted by the game piece build team.
  • The programmers are learning the value of source-code management (git) as they each work on their own features while not breaking the main build code. The CAD design is a little behind due to all of the prototype debugging.

The team looks forward to choosing a final chassis dimension early next week and working to integrate all the mechanism designs into the final robot.

Video Recap

Check back next week for another update on Team Manning Robotics’ progress in the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition.

Week 1

Week 1 Update

Week 1 is over for Team 4627 Manning Robotics. After the game was officially revealed for the 2020 season, the team quickly got to work brainstorming how to meet each of the challenges.

Identified Priorities

  1. Pick up balls from the ground
  2. Hold 5 of them
  3. Aim for the high goal and fire rapidly/accurately
  4. Spin the control-panel (colored wheel)
  5. Climb at the end game and be able to re-balance the switch

Note: some of the above priorities use specific terminology from the game.

Team Manning Robotics Week 1 - FIRST Robotics Competition 2020
While it’s not difficult to think of a way to do each of those things, it’s more difficult to find a way to do that in a single robot that fits within the dimensional constraints listed in the rules, and then also make the robot robust, reliable, agile, and defendable, and do it all in less than 2 months.

This week was spent coming up with those ideas, doing some quick CAD work and making a few prototypes. Here are a few photos and a video from week 1.

Check back next week for another update on Team Manning Robotics’ progress in the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition.


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