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Skrappy’s Systems

The programming language is LabVIEW, and it indeed serves its purpose.   The students and their mentor (a.k.a. math teacher) prepare the programming that makes the robot compete. Syncing the robot with the controllers and laptops is their important task. Their main goal is making Skrappy perform its assigned task in order to successfully complete the course to the best of its ability on the field.

The electrical team designs the circuitry to operate similarly to the human body. The motherboard, or the brain of the robot, is there to the help the other software run the robot. The wires (veins to the robot) are able to distribute the different programs and power to their proper places.

Engineering the mechanics for Skrappy is complicated, yet intriguing. The team started by drawing up a plan for what the game required the robot to do,  and then they strategized the options available for success.  A fuel chute was added along with a shooter to fire when lined up with the boiler. Then an agitator was added to move the fuel to the bottom of the shooter to be prepared to fire.   Hopefully, these modifications will lead to success.


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