Our team started as a group of individuals interested in Robotics and Technology. What has held us together and motivated our work is our combined interest and desire to learn and embrace the technology. Most memorable for our team has been the connections we have made in our community, mentorships and partnerships drive most of our work.
Our current projects are multifaceted but essentially it is to solve problems through the use of robotics and its associated technologies.
What has made working on these projects a highlight for us is the response we have received from the community. The support and encouragement has motivated our team to work even harder to achieve relevance and validity.
We have had no shortage of challenges but the greatest has been gaining the necessary technological knowledge and skills to complete our projects. Through professional mentorship and research our team has been able to maintain our project momentum, with just a few unforeseen issues.
When we started our group several years ago we had 4 professional engineers that mentored us. Our community has changed substantially since the fire and currently we have two mentors with the group, one that joined us this season.
Our current projects have a lot of growth potential and are only limited by the technology we can effectively employ within the project. We are still working on the Bear Project and this season should see it completed and deployed over the summer. The Football Tackle dummy project has revealed a level of complexity we were not prepared for. Most of this season was sorting the power and control for this 350 lb+ robot. The team is now gaining some momentum and we are very excited for what the coming months will bring. The juniors in our group had conceptualized the SmartCycle project last season and after the Robotics workshop in Edmonton they went back to the drawing board, rethinking the ultrasonic sensors and limit switch deployment. Further to that, they had to choose a new fabrication material that would not impede the sensors functionality and resolution and protect it from liquid.
Geekstarter has provided hope. We started with very lofty goals to design, build and deploy robotic platforms in an effort to solve real life problems. Geekstarter has helped our group realize that our goals are achievable.