Into the robot build, the work is focused on the frame and drivetrain. Getting driving is important with the defenses in the way. Now the team has wooden versions of these defenses (even a drawbridge) to practice with, and understand the difficulties.
Teams of students work vigorously welding, grinding, filing, drilling, lathing, milling, cutting, sanding, painting, inflating, greasing, and all the various parts to the robots base.
Our software and electronics team are busy studying the NI RoboRIO code in Labview, and considering the autonomous mode, where robots are completely in control. They are constructing the electronics board, and testing components, that will be transferred to the robot later.