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FRC Team 1418 - George Mason High School

2017 Robot

The 2017 robot

The 2017 game is proving to be one of the most challenging to date for our experienced team. Designed by Disney, FIRST STEAMWORKS aims to challenge teams to create mechanisms capable of delivering 11 inch diameter gears to human players stationed on the Jules Verne inspired airship. Teams also have the task of shooting 5 inch diameter wiffle balls to add fuel to the boiler, sending steam to fuel the airship. For a more detailed description of the game, see the the official video reveal.

Robot Abilities

Just like in previous years, we used Python for our robot code. In addition to our robot code, we developed a dashboard for our touchscreen driver station. It is written in JavaScript/HTML/CSS, and communicates with the robot through a python-based tornado server. It is based on the FRCDashboard framework we developed last year.

As an addendum to our dashboard, we used the Vufine which we were donated by the company to build a heads-up display which assisted our driver.

We drive using a pilot-copilot operating system with one driver controlling robot motion and the other controlling all other robot functions. This allows each driver to control their own independent task, making operating the robot more efficient.

Our vision system uses newly introduced wpilib cscore to operate three cameras and preform image processing on gear vision target to deliver gears to the airship.

All our code can be found on our GitHub organization after the season ends.

Our human player looking at our robot after a successful climb.