Robot Design Information
We are 6th graders. This is our 3rd FLL season and we focused on improving our robot mechanical design.
We used cube shape robot for alignment, wall following and for easy attachments. 2 large motors to move around and 2 steel balls in the back for stability. Color sensor to find the line. Our gear based attachments are controlled by 2 medium motors to lift, carry and hit objects.
We used Master Program to save transition time, 4 programs for total of 10 missions and maximum of 190 points and 15 sec to spare. So our strategy is if one of the quick missions fail we would have time to relaunch it.
At FLL Qualifier our Robot was taller than 12 inch which is wrong. We prepared and posted on YouTube Lesson Learned video to share with other teams how important it is to “read the Challenge Guide carefully”.
Problem: Upward trend in space debris and no active removal.
Research: the internet, read articles, and watched many documentaries.
Professionals: Talked about our ideas and existing solutions with NASA scientists Dr. Dworkin, Dr. Young at Goddard Space Center, Dr. Kohler, prof. Dr. Williams and students in Astrophysics at UMD Observatory, Dr. Norton NASA special advisor at PSW Science.
Our ideas: TrashBot, RecyclingBot, TrashBouncer and FrequencyBomb. We expanded our RemoveDebris solution to use 4 CubeSat to capture and redirect space debris into lower orbit where it would slow down due to atmosphere drag and burn before reaching the Earth.
We shared our solution with Prof. Dr. Richardson UMD who works on NASA DART planetary defense project. He liked our solution, CubeSat are cheap. Controlling the system of 4 may be challenging but possible as it can be done with drones.
The most important discovery is that in order to grow we need to get out of our comfort zone.
We challenged ourselves with mechanical design and it felt so good to see missions working after many failures.
We were shy at first but we learned much more by talking with professionals instead of just browsing the internet.
We split the work so we get more done and we help each other.
For example this year we have a rookie on our team and we made sure he is comfortable with robot design and programming. We got Core Values Award in JrFLL and also in 2016-17 Qualifier and State. Project and Robot Performance Award at BSU Qualifier 2018-19.
Fun Facts About Our Team
One of our team members did TED talk at school on Space Radiation, another worked on a Mission to Mars project at the Applied Physics Lab summer camp, and we all learned about CubeSats in 5th grade science class.
We like hanging out together, playing video games, going to the movies. At the beginning of the season we watched “Science Fair” documentary, later “First Man” movie. These were really inspirational.
Our JrFLL team name was Scorpios and we changed it to ScorpioBots when we entered FLL. Our team logo as seen on our T-shirt front, has been designed by one of our former team members. We like it and use it ever since. This is our 3rd FLL season and 3rd time at MD State Championship.