Greenwood Community Schools Team 8793
For the last few weeks, team 8793, has been preparing for our next competition in Denver, Indiana. We have been modifying our robot, creating new code, and building it within CAD. Our build team has been adding the mineral arm and making sure it works. We have overcome the bending of an axle! The programmers have changed the Teleop code in aid for the drivers, and are always making better autonomous. As the builders have added parts, the CAD team has made them within Autodesk Inventor(2014). Also, as all of this progress has evolved to create a better robot, Engineering Notebook has documented it all. We will be an incredible team this next competition in Denver, Indiana, on February 16, 2019.
Our last competition in Center Grove, Indiana.
Today, team #8793 had the pleasure of visiting the Greensburg Honda Manufacturing plant. They hosted us for a day of STEM and career education. We finished the day by touring the facility, which was AMAZING! Here are some of our favorite moments:
*Tour of the plant* We got to see the manufacturing lines of the plant and saw how the cars were put together.
*VR Painting* We got to use a VR headset to simulate painting a car door. The same program is used for new employees, and they need to practice until they get at least a 89% on the simulation. Our leader for this averaged a 94%.
*Weld area* We saw an awesome video of this area, and were able to see it from afar in the manufacturing area. There are many sparks in the weld area, so we didn't get too close. Our guide in this area told us that right now they are working on the design and prototyping for cars at least 4 years in the future. Each robot does a step of about 43-50 seconds that goes together to make all the welds needed in the car.
*A great moment to remember from the Honda Plant definitely would have to be the interactive activities where they separated everyone into four groups and then would take us to certain stations where we could learn of the numerous careers and devices that people at the Honda plant use everyday in their jobs. Overall it was a really radical experience.
*Career Education* At the beginning, they let us choose a corner of the room from the four, and then told us those corners represented 1)school after HS, 2)2-year programs, 3)4-year college, 4)staying at home with parents. Students then went through a four year period, where they made life decisions, represented by money or debt. Throughout, we could see the many ways a person can get a job and be promoted, and that the more education and experience you have, the better job you can get. Of course, if you are a 4-year college student, you have to factor your school tuition debt into your plans!