Coach’s Corner: We’re Halfway There…

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The team is in the throes of building season, and this past Saturday marked the halfway point. We approach our fourth week of six with grand plans, but few tangible things to show for it.

That’s about to change. We’re anxious for the entire drivetrain and pneumatics control to arrive tomorrow, allowing us to leap forward and likely to have a driving base in a day or two. With one out of three solutions prototyped successfully (the rope climb), we are well on our way.

I’m equally excited that while we’ve waited for parts, the team has built a second robot base that will let us practice and tinker outside of build season. My dream of a gatling t-shirt cannon may yet come to fruition.

In the meantime, the marketing team deserves much kudos, for wrestling with a fickle wordpress template and the difficult process of naming and branding our team appropriately. Tenacity, at its very best.

I’m three chapters into the book The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. It’s an encouraging parallel story to the robotics team at the moment, especially after we ended last week temporarily jaded and exhausted. The book opens with this quotation from Wilber Wright:

No bird soars in a calm.