Our Robot and Project

Animal Allies 2016-2017: Our Robot

This is our robot for Animal Allies. It features a clutch attachment design with nesting rectangular frames for quick changes, a gyro, and two light sensors. Like its predecessors, the sides are flat to align with mission models and walls, improving consistency.

Here is an updated video of our World Festival 2017 robot and its attachments:

Animal Allies 2016-2017: Our Project

This year, our project focuses on feeding cows. Many American farmers who own them cannot afford to feed them well or simply don't possess the time to take care of them full time, thus resulting in malnutrition of the cows. By solving this problem, we improve cow health and help the economy, as our solution benefits the farmers as well (healthy cows = good!)

Existing solutions consist of hay, protein feed, and planting grass. Hay is convenient but tricky to transport and very costly. It also doesn't provide adequate nutrition. Protein feed is very healthy, but is even costlier (around $20 a bag, twice a day for 6 cows!) and requires the farmer to feed them twice a day (not feasible for most people) Planting grass is good in that it provides a long-term source of healthy sustenance, but requires a tiller, which is a machine that flips and churns dirt. Tillers are expensive and over time tear up the Earth by over-tilling it. In addition, tillers cannot traverse hilly terrain and other tricky spots.

Enter: seedballs! They are a form of no-till agriculture; this means they grow grass without the aid of a tiller. They are balls of mud, clay, seeds, nutrients, etc in a set ratio. All the farmer needs to do is toss out seed balls, and wait a month for grazing-appropriate 6 in grass fields. They are also very cheap to manufacture and don't require excessive attention.

Trash Trek 2015-2016: Our First Robot

This is our robot from the Trash Trek 2015 Qualifier. It is able to score about 600-700 points in the Robot Game. On the right is our robot game =========>   Below are some pictures of our robot:

Our robot is an EV3 with two large motors for driving and a medium motor for attachments. The medium motor uses a worm gear to provide extra torque; this helps lift our heavier attachments. We use two light/color sensors, a gyro sensor, and touch sensor. Our passive attachments drop on to the front of the robot using blue axle pegs. Our robot also features a frame and flat sides to align with the walls. 

Trash Trek 2015-2016: Our Second Robot

Our robot has gotten a major remake for the Qualifier! It is able to get 951 points in the robot game. It is an EV3 with upright motors to save space, and also features a clutch gear system inspired by Builderdude35 and Lego Vinir. We use two light sensors and a gyro, and also has a rectangular frame to align with walls and shield the light sensors. Below are some pictures of our robot:

Trash Trek 2015-2016: Our Project

Styrofoam makes up 20-30% of all landfills. That's a lot (obviously). Most of this Styrofoam isn't disposed of properly and can harm wildlife. For our solution, we are investigating mealworms; these are worms that can survive on a diet of solely styrofoam! They have an enzyme in their stomachs that can break it down.