In switching to RobotC, we managed to brick our brick as they say. We could see it but not talk to it, leaving it in an unusable state. It seems that previous installations of the Arduino IDE interfere with the RobotC drivers. We learned that the NXT uses the same chipset as the Arduino, so it took a fresh computer to finish the firmware download. Everything is good now, but that was unexpected.
School has started so we're taking a few weeks off to get settled. I think everyone is looking forward to the announcement of this years game.
Here's some dates:
April 3rd thru 5th
Cougar Robotics is hosting a workshop in East Troy Wisconsin.
FIRST Robotics 2013/2014 Challenge roll-out. This is when everyone hears what the game will be for the upcoming season and the FTC packages are issued.
The Illinois kickoff at IIT downtown. They will have workshops for new teams, demos and lots of good information. Bruce's team #116 will be teaching one of the workshops. This will be a good way to learn the trade secrets and to hear stories from experienced teams. Since we will know what the game is at this point, your Team should be able to ask relevant questions.
Qualifying competition at Chicago Math and Science Academy.
Highland Park Competition
State Competition at IIT
Super-Regional Championship at Iowa City (above the State level Competition)