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Brainstorm Tech

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Transcript of Brainstorm Tech

Richard Walker
Andrew Clutch
Zulfi Soomro
Garrett Sugg
James Wegienka
Maelan King
Sonali Kumar
Taylor Mitchell
Tyler Richardson
Katharine Shao

University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI
July 18, 2015

Summary 4
Introduction 5
Background Information 7
Vex Robotics 8
Methods, Assumptions, & Procedures 9
Results and Discussion 11
Conclusion 12
Recommendations 13
References 14
Appendices 15
Results and Discussion
Dealing With Conflict
Attached a part the wrong way during the building stages of our chassis
Team worked smoothly and efficiently to fix it
Motor controller snapped in half during first challenge; had to replace an entire motor and motor controller.
Replaced the motor while the programmers worked hard to finish the program
Trouble collaborating together on one Prezi
Designating certain slides for each person to work on and communicating to each other about what we wanted

We must maneuver past an obstacle in order to retrieve a pyramid top and place it back onto its base.
Methods of Investigation
To investigate, we use trial and error and adjust accordingly. (more info)


Brainstorm Tech.
Table of Contents
Mission Statement: To devise innovative technology that leads the world towards a brighter future

The Evolution of Robots." The Evolution of Robots. N.p., 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 10 July 2015.

"Mechanical Engineering." Types of Engineering. Queen's University, n.d. Web. 9 July 2015.

"Mechanical Engineering." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 9 July 2015.

"Robotics: A Brief History." Robotics: A Brief History. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2015.

Terrazas, Gary. "A Brief History of Engineering." A Brief History of Engineering. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2015.

"VEX IQ - VEX Robotics." VEX IQ RSS. Innovation First International, Inc., n.d. Web. 10 July 2015. "

Methods, Assumptions, and Procedures
The goal of our project is to use our knowledge of engineering and robotics to build a robot with the ability to successfully raise and place the top of a pyramid onto its base.
This project is the stepping stone to building more intricate robots.
Purpose (Company)
The goal of our company is to create innovative technology that leads the world toward a brighter future. We wish to provide products that are safe, efficient, while maintaining an environment-friendly conscience to help with and pursue societal goals.

Purpose (Project)
The VEX robot would be able to assist in fields such as construction, manufacturing and others. It could be used to place objects in areas that are difficult or dangerous in regards to human access. Some examples are: working in crowded spaces, moving radioactive materials, constructing tall buildings, and working on ledges.
The first step of building our robot was to plan a design including everything needed to complete the task of placing the top of the pyramid on its base.
This includes coding, wiring, and the design of the robot’s chassis, or frame.

Methods, Assumptions, and Procedures (Cont.)
Vex Robotics
Vex Robotics is a company with a sole purpose of introducing young students to the world of robotics. Through this program, students are given the chance to expand their knowledge in the areas of science, technology, math, and engineering. Kits from the company are given to schools around the country that can be used to build different types of structures to meet the suited academic purpose.
We are assuming that the Vex robot will behave similarly to the Edison robot we built, with similar programming commands to complete certain tasks autonomously. Many of the Vex robot challenges in our engineering concepts class were similar to the Edisons, such as a maze we had to navigate autonomously, and the self-driving car challenge, which included line following and stopping when encountering an obstacle.
We gained a better understanding of the problem through our course instructors and research of our robot.

Background Information
Robotic Engineering has been practiced since ancient times.
The first robot was a steam-powered pigeon built in 400 B.C.
It was not successful.
The first working robot was made in 1961 by Joseph Engelberger, also known as the "Father of Robotics".
His robot was used to move parts for assembly.
Introduction (Cont.)

Joseph Engelberger with his robot
Layout for the first made robot (steam-powered pigeon)
a VEX Robotics Starter Kit
Learning the basic skills in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science prepared the team to complete the task in an efficient manner.
We had limitations as well.
This included the budget, the tools and resources provided to us, and the size of the VEX robot since the kit incorporates a simplistic design created for education.
Methods, Assumptions, and Procedures
We built a Vex robot and programmed with Flowol 4 using our knowledge of the previous robot that was programmed with EdWare.
For the robot's design, we needed to consider the height of the pyramid, the location of the obstacle in the robot's path, and the weight and dimensions of the top of the pyramid
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