2473 was founded in 2007 by just 7 students with the desire to learn how to build a robot. Today, the team has grown to over 70 students divided into several sub-teams that work together, constructing a complex robot by the end of each season.
The sub-teams include pit design and setup, which is responsible for the assembly of the pit, chassis, which should enable robot mobility on the game field, backup mechanism, which creates a simple mechanism for the drive team to test, reach mechanism, which should fulfill one primary game objective, pit TV display, which should provide an attractive and interactive display for the pit, video game, which creates a playable video game version of the challenge this year, robot code, which enables essential robot functionality, computer vision, which uses networking between the NVIDIA Jetson platform and RoboRIO to develop advanced autonomous features, drive, which utilizes the robot’s capabilities during the competition.
Building off of the 2018 season, this team looks to take the next step in becoming a cohesive group of individuals competing in robotics. The challenge this year is called DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE and is detailed below.
The objective of this year’s challenge, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, is to deploy a robot from a station called habitat, attach hatch panels to hatches on the rockets and the cargo ship, and add cargo through the hatches into the rockets and the cargo ship. The competition also has an autonomous and manual period. During the autonomous period, our robot can dismount from stage 2, among the 3 stages, 1 being the lowest and 3 being to highest.
The robot is also driver-operated using a camera on the robot. The robot can intake cargo from the ground and the player station as well using an arm mechanism, score hatch panels on the hatches, and cargo on the cargo ship and all levels of the rocket using an elevator mechanism. When the game is over, and the robot is to return to the habitat, it can climb onto stage 1.
The hardware teams collaborate using Computer Aided Design (CAD) for planning the spacing distributions on the robot and ensure both accuracy and precision in the manufacturing of parts. The students operate machinery provided by the facilities at Cupertino High School to build their projects, and after an intense prototyping process under a strict schedule, high-quality hardware is produced.
The software team cohesively works as a unit to bring this hardware to life. Collaborating using technologies for version control such as GitHub and communication such as Slack, teams are able to work in an efficient manner. The 2473 software team endeavors in areas such as computer vision, networking, usage of the WPI library, implementing sensors, and other special projects in order to make the most out of the fine product produced by the hardware team.
Assisting with this process are our amazing mentors. With 10 mentors total for both the hardware and software sub-teams, they provide their time, knowledge, and expertise to guide students in the right direction. Students are able to remain productive while also learning immensely under the selfless mentors, who donate several hours every week to working with us.
Team 2473’s robot at the Silicon Valley Regionals for the 2018-2019 season