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Balancing on the high wire
IMG_3840.JPGThat is what it feels like we are doing as we try to balance Research and Robot. And our deadline is drawing ever closer! No pressure, however, because we are the Lego Mountaineers and we can do anything! (Right?)
   
Actually, for all the pressure of the deadline, we are really plodding along at a slow, but steady pace. Most of what we have been doing was testing, till today. Today, we got down to the programming aspect of the mission and have been doing pretty well. We have fully completed two missions and are now breaking for dinner. This hasn't been without it's setbacks, however, on the Nanotube Strength, we spent thirty minutes trying to fix the broken prop that got rammed into by another robot. Another problem was that our robot would turn successfully until it got to a certain degree. We spent an hour and a half working out the bugs on that one. Although we have had some trials, we have learned a great deal more than if our robot hadn't acted up, and we have eleminated some areas that our robot could go wrong in the competition.
   
The second mission we completed was pushing the dirt trap under the Unstainable Fabric. We have had great success with that one and have brought it back to base. With the two missions we have completed so far, we have fifty five points. (Pretty good for just two missions, considering that the highest score we got in our first year was a whopping total of ninety points.) After dinner, we hope to work on the Bucky Ball mission, and the Nanotip/Atom Manipulation/Unstainable Fabric combination.
   
I Hope we do well.

Posted by Amy at 11:23:00 PM on 10/26/2006

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Balancing on the high wire

IMG_3840.JPGThat is what it feels like we are doing as we try to balance Research and Robot. And our deadline is drawing ever closer! No pressure, however, because we are the Lego Mountaineers and we can do anything! (Right?)
   
Actually, for all the pressure of the deadline, we are really plodding along at a slow, but steady pace. Most of what we have been doing was testing, till today. Today, we got down to the programming aspect of the mission and have been doing pretty well. We have fully completed two missions and are now breaking for dinner. This hasn't been without it's setbacks, however, on the Nanotube Strength, we spent thirty minutes trying to fix the broken prop that got rammed into by another robot. Another problem was that our robot would turn successfully until it got to a certain degree. We spent an hour and a half working out the bugs on that one. Although we have had some trials, we have learned a great deal more than if our robot hadn't acted up, and we have eleminated some areas that our robot could go wrong in the competition.
   
The second mission we completed was pushing the dirt trap under the Unstainable Fabric. We have had great success with that one and have brought it back to base. With the two missions we have completed so far, we have fifty five points. (Pretty good for just two missions, considering that the highest score we got in our first year was a whopping total of ninety points.) After dinner, we hope to work on the Bucky Ball mission, and the Nanotip/Atom Manipulation/Unstainable Fabric combination.
   
I Hope we do well.

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