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 Resources for design and construction

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WILL!  download video HERE  << right click and download 1406c bot

 

Date description Link Notes
  Movies! that were on utube >> converted here to play on windows media player 

roundup1_WMV V9_001.wmv 


roundup2_WMV V9.wmv 

roundup3_WMV V9.wmv 

roundup4_WMV V9.wmv 

 

camp beta registration form
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  Below is the 2008 update to the VEX Inventor's Guide. The Inventor's Guide is provided as a reference guide for all builders using of the VEX Robotics Design System. http://www.vexrobotics.com/docs/inventors-guide/main-2008/vex-inventors-guide-07022008.pdf   
 

The Quickstart Guide is included in the Protobot Robot Kit and provides step by step instructions for building the Protobot and Tumbler. 

 

http://www.vexrobotics.com/docs/Vex-Quickstart-Guide-10072008.pdf

 
 

The programming guide describes how to use the VEX Programming Module and IFI Loader to download files to the VEX Microcontroller.

 

http://www.vexrobotics.com/docs/vl-prgmr-guide-rev-nc.pdf

  Vex site resource page  http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/vex/vex.htm 
    http://www.vexrobotics.com/docs/inventors-guide/main-2008/vex-inventors-guide-07022008.pdf  
  Excellent powerpoints and info   !!! http://www.gabrielse.net/robotics/robotics_index.html

 

 

Engineering Notebook Information-
They want you to fully document your design process. They would like to see drawings of preliminary designs, testing of prototypes, pictures to show the evolution of your bot over the season. Overviews of what your team would like to improve on after each tournament you participate in. Those are a few things I would consider adding if you don't do them already.

EDIT: Judges like to see pictures of students building the robot. Another thing that I put into my notebook is how we did at tournaments. Pros and cons of the things you build are also good to have in your notebook.

 

One of the things I tell my students is the Engineering Notebook that goes with their robot is like writing a lab report for a experiment, someone else should be able to take the write up and with a small amount of prior knowledge recreate everything you did.

 

We got some feedback from the judges at worlds about our notebook as well as some suggestions. Here are some of my suggestion: Hand drawings of prototypes or concepts, printed out code is a big plus but it must be easy to navigate. One of things we did this year which the judges apparently liked is our glossary of terms which we had at the and of our notebook giving easy access to entries on a certain topic.

 

We used a virtual notebook this year for many of the reasons you mentioned and just printed it out as the year went on. As far as I could tell, all the judges at Worlds (including the ones for our Design Award interview) loved our notebook. It was much more easily organized, it was color coded, and just looked cleaner than a regular notebook while still documenting our entire process. I would suggest going the computer route. It was much easier to format and faster to update than a regular notebook (we used a regular one for Round Up).

They want you to fully document your design process. They would like to see drawings of preliminary designs, testing of prototypes, pictures to show the evolution of your bot over the season. Overviews of what your team would like to improve on after each tournament you participate in. Those are a few things I would consider adding if you don't do them already. 

 

The format my team and I had used is like this:

Cover Page

Table of Contents (for meetings)
Table of Contents (for figures / images)
Appendix (Bio / Code / Misc. Attachments)

Then here's an outline for a day's meeting:
Date
Task List (Programming / Building / Drivetrain... Whatever)
A tab or section specifically for each task

Conclusion (What was accomplished / possible goals for next meeting / etc.)

Our team had won a few awards using this format for our engineering journal this season. We did it electronically just for the sake of pictures but really handwritten is fine too as long as you RECORD EVERYTHING!!!

 

Here is the first page of my engineering notebook I got the first day of school freshman year. These were what we had to do in our notebooks...
-Write all ideas in notebook
-Record all assignments and sketches
-NO PENCIL, Blue or black ink ONLY
-Write neatly
-Clearly label, refer to sketches/diagrams
-Title every entry
-Date all entrys
-Dont leave any empty spaces. Put an "X" through blank pages and start entries on a new page
-Number all pages
-Sign after each entry

This has helped me throughout the years. This year we tried to do our notebook in MS word but I did not like it so I went back to a hard copy.

LINK Engineering Notebook info