Journey to Worlds

Please check back frequently if you would like to see Thunder's progress as we get closer to Worlds!

April 10, 2019


  • THOR

    • Test double spool with competition stages on separate chassis

    • Evaluate above model

    • Test above model with weight on the end

    • Move final double spool design to Thor (Main Robot)

  • LeapFrog

    • Attach the other set of linear slides

      • Intake bucket

      • Mount deposit

    • Top structure

    • Deposit

April 9, 2019


  • THOR

    • Testing

    • Only small changes

  • LeapFrog

    • Double-spooled

    • Sturdier top

    • Better retraction

    • Drivetrain

April 5, 2019


  • Drivers

    • Practice with robot and simulations

    • Create a testing plan

    • Game strategy

  • LeapFrog

    • Mount intake to THOR

    • Mount deposit to THOR

    • Design, fab and attach phone mount

Our team and club featured in our local newspaper!

April 4, 2019


  • THOR

    • Driver practice with simulation and robot

    • Autonomous and time optimization

  • LeapFrog

    • Fix retraction

    • Mount bucket (swap servos)

    • Test w/ GamePad

      • The motor should not burn out

      • Able to calculate power

      • Slides can extend and retract

  • Present to Andover School Committee Meeting to share our excitement for the FIRST Worlds Championship later this month! :)

April 3, 2019


  • THOR

    • Practice driving and autonomous on field

  • LeapFrog

    • Mount bucket

    • Test intake and deposit with GamePad

    • Mount intake and deposit on Chassis 1

Attaching the REV expansion hubs

March 29, 2019


  • THOR

    • Driver Practice

    • Finish Autonomous Testing

    • Finalize list of drivers

    • Endurance Tests

  • LeapFrog

    • Finalize and test intake and deposit

    • Move all systems to the main chassis

    • Convert to new chassis

  • New Chassis

    • Replicate the main chassis

March 28, 2019


  • THOR

    • Run autonomous

    • Driver practice

  • LeapFrog

    • Add electronics

    • Mount new bucket

    • Finish mounting motor and pulleys

    • Test intake and deposit with a gamepad

    • Finalize intake and deposit

Finding the mass of the deposit sorter and distance of the sorter from the center of the slide to determine the torque on that side

March 27, 2019


  • Test autonomous

  • Intake: Attach pulleys; Mount motor properly; Use new cord and surgical tubing

  • Bucket: Decide bucket size; Build and mount bucket

  • Deposit: Use new cord; wire management

  • Mount Deposit system to chassis 2 (Test intake and deposit together)

March 26, 2019


  • Finalize the deposit system

  • Test the new intake system, and finalize the bucket

  • Get retraction working on the intake system

  • Wire rearrangement

  • Test autonomous

Testing the sweeper mechanism

Testing Chassis #1 autonomous on field

March 23, 2019


  • Lift Decision: Design a new hook and build it

    • tested different systems to see what worked best for us, favoring systems that were strong yet small, to be able to support the robot as well as fit within the hook on the lander easily

  • Wire management

  • Finish building the deposit system

  • Work on the collection system

    • Detailed data was collected for our two choices of intake mechanisms

    • For the time being, we have selected the rubber band method

March 22, 2019


  • improve stability of lift system attachment

  • finish working on intake and deposit

  • finalize lift and drive train

  • test autonomous and driving

  • change the orientation of the mecanum wheels to solve previous skidding issue

March 21, 2019


  • construct two additional chasses to test mounting for the deposit and intake systems in future meetings

    • allows a large number of people to work on different aspects of the robot simultaneously

  • modify our code such that we take advantage of Java object orientation and polymorphism

March 20, 2019

Today was the second day of build. We were able to complete a working prototype for sorting the blocks and balls that we will pick up during the game. We ran into a problem while mounting our lift system on the drive train, but we were able to resolve and continue with our agenda for the day.

Constructing our new lift system

March 19, 2019

Today was the first day of build for our Worlds robot! We broke off into teams in order to work on various systems for the robot at the same time. This will save us some time and let us put the entire robot together sooner.