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Final Mission Journal Entry #3

Project Details
Date: February 4 , 2017
Club: Gallimore Elementary Robotics Club
Team: Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies
Team Members: Jacob Rider, Noah Short, Keshav Nair, Jack Elwell
Mission Team Roles: Keshav and Jack are the programmers. Noah and Jacob are the platform
builders. Everyone helps with videotaping, map control, and other
related activities.
Attempt #: This is the 6th attempt at building the ball platform.

Defined Goal
Goal: The goal is to build a platform and delivery method, using Lego blocks,
that will drop two balls into cups, one at a time. We will be using a
“ramp” dropper and a swinging hatch delivery method. We will be
refining the platform and delivery method from our previous attempts.
The ramp dropper should provide enough friction to slow and control
the loading of the balls in the drop zone which should result in more
consistent successful ball drops.
Which part of the mission: This is the part of the mission that delivers the balls to the cups. We are
attempting to build a platform that will hold two balls at a time but only
deliver one ball at a time to the cups. We have already determined the
best hatch operation angle and open time.

What steps will we take: We will take the following steps:
1. Brainstorm possible designs.
2. Sketch out the design on graph paper.
3. Build the platform.
4. Test the platform.
What will each member do: Jacob and Noah will conduct steps 1-3 together. Jacob will test the
platform (step 4).

What were the results: The platform did hold both balls at once. The drop testing results with
the ramp loader method resulted in five successful tests!
Assess and analyze mistakes: There were no mistakes in this process. Our testing confirmed that this
platform and delivery method is optimal.

What did we learn: We learned that, by introducing friction to slow and control the loading
of the balls into the platform drop zone, we could better control the
delivery and achieve consistent successful drops. To achieve that we
replaced the previous ball delivery methods with a ramp-style method.
What are our next steps: Our next step is to deliver this platform, along with our findings for the
optimal hatch angle and open time, to the programmers (Keshav and
Jack) so that they can integrate it into their code for the final mission.