The Programming Sub-team for the Twisted Devils teaches, develops, implements, and tests code for the competition robots. At the beginning of the season, the two Sub-team captains, one for the Java Language and another for the Labview language, show new members the basics of each language. The expectation is that all programmers will learn a little bit of both. Once the season starts, teammates will choose either Java or Labview and will work with both leaders and mentors to write code and test it on the robot. Together we solve problems for the build team and drive strategy and develop the logic behind how the robot will run.
The Strategy Sub-team is a small Sub-team that doesn't come into play until the start of competition season. Prior to competition, they begin developing the tools they use to run their function. During competitions, this Sub-team is in charge of getting all the matches scored and the data analyzed. This is used to help the Drive Sub-team make important decisions from defensive strategies to floor layout plans. The Sub-team only consists of one member, but everyone on the team helps out with data collection during all competitions for the year.
We are responsible for wiring the electrical components of the robot. This entails connecting motors and other actuators to the power distribution panels through controllers, and creating a CAN bus System that distributes control signals between the roboRIO and all the other components. We are constantly innovating new ways to improve our organization and efficiently when wiring the robot. For example, during this current season, we instituted a hinged panel containing all of the electrical components for easy access, and snap connectors between connected wires so that they can be easily removed or changed.
The Marketing Sub-team is the team that does most of the publicity. We create the website and sponsorship packet and update them when needed. We post on Facebook and LinkedIn weekly about what the team is doing. One of the main things people should know about this Sub-team is that we do a lot of writing. We also double as the Spirit Sub-team and we work on a lot of spirit ideas and stand cheers. Some examples of these are a poster, buttons, pit design, and team standards. This team has a lot of fun and works hard at what we do.
The Mechanical team is the Sub-team of our robotics team that deals with specifically designing, assembling, machining, and building the frame and mechanisms of the robot. Our group of students finds the time to work hard while having a good time. The Mechanical Sub-team models what FIRST is by holding everyone in the build room under the safety rules that apply, and we try to educate others on how the robot works and the ideas behind the mechanisms incorporated in the current design of the robot.
The Safety Sub-team Promotes a cultural safety in everything we do.We keep track of all incidents in the work areas. We have our safety binder, which contains many sections, including health forms, incident reports, infraction/gold star sheets, as well as other items. We take care of injuries when they arise, and we follow proper safety procedure, as well as making sure everyone involved, may it be the safety member, or the injured person, is safe. We go around and make sure everyone is wearing proper safety equipment in the build areas, and where the robot is powered on. We also set examples for our team in gracious professionalism, dedication, leadership, and other qualities valued in FIRST. Our Sub-team is highly recognized in what we do in Michigan.
The CAD subteam takes measurements of the robot and then uses them to create a very realistic 3D model of the robot. We also learn useful CAD and modeling skills along the way. The CAD subteam is vital to designing and engineering the processes and functions of the robot. The CAD model also makes us eligible for several awards given to us by the judges at competitions.
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