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Only Three Weeks To Go!
With our deadline drawing rapidly to a close, we have a lot yet to accomplish. First of all, our robot design wasn't as good as we thought. Every time we added to the robot, it completely screwed up our programs and created a drag on the robot. Fortunately, our coach came up and presented some ideas on how to re-build the robot to make it more compact and evenly balanced. We decided to use a portion of our sponsor money to buy a second NXT kit of parts that will allow us to experiment more freely and built a secondary robot for backup.
         
IMG_3604.jpgWith that on the way, we needed to focus on our research project. Wendy and I had to attend a class today at Masters College so we thought that we would come up with a few ideas for our project and talk to our professor after class. What was intended to be a five minute discussion quickly turned into a forty-five minute one. Dr. Englin, our professor, graciously spent this time to help us rule out ideas and to form and improve new ones. Originally, we had thought of using a nano sized robot to somehow get inside an unborn baby and to cure it of down-syndrome. Although this is a great idea, Dr. Englin informed us that it would be extremely hard and would risk harming the baby more. Some areas he thought nanotechnology could be used in, however, are hearing loss, blindness, and pinched  nerves. These ideas are intriguing and would make for some great research projects. We hope to study these fields in the next couple of days to see if it would be plausible to build a robot to solve some of these problems. We are already bouncing around ideas of how we would solve them.
         
We can't wait for the upcoming competitions!

Posted by Amy at 07:58:00 PM on 10/17/2006

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Only Three Weeks To Go!

With our deadline drawing rapidly to a close, we have a lot yet to accomplish. First of all, our robot design wasn't as good as we thought. Every time we added to the robot, it completely screwed up our programs and created a drag on the robot. Fortunately, our coach came up and presented some ideas on how to re-build the robot to make it more compact and evenly balanced. We decided to use a portion of our sponsor money to buy a second NXT kit of parts that will allow us to experiment more freely and built a secondary robot for backup.
         
IMG_3604.jpgWith that on the way, we needed to focus on our research project. Wendy and I had to attend a class today at Masters College so we thought that we would come up with a few ideas for our project and talk to our professor after class. What was intended to be a five minute discussion quickly turned into a forty-five minute one. Dr. Englin, our professor, graciously spent this time to help us rule out ideas and to form and improve new ones. Originally, we had thought of using a nano sized robot to somehow get inside an unborn baby and to cure it of down-syndrome. Although this is a great idea, Dr. Englin informed us that it would be extremely hard and would risk harming the baby more. Some areas he thought nanotechnology could be used in, however, are hearing loss, blindness, and pinched  nerves. These ideas are intriguing and would make for some great research projects. We hope to study these fields in the next couple of days to see if it would be plausible to build a robot to solve some of these problems. We are already bouncing around ideas of how we would solve them.
         
We can't wait for the upcoming competitions!

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