T-minus 8 Weeks

Technically it’s 7 weeks and 6 days. But who’s counting?

Well, we are to be perfectly honest. Competition is quickly drawing near and in order to prepare, Mr. Grasmeder called a team meeting today. We discussed the workshop next week, which our veteran team members and mentors will have the pleasure of assisting with this year. Next Mr. Gras laid it on us: we need to shift into overdrive. Eight weeks sounds like a long time, but considering how much work everyone has to do, it’s really not too far away. We’ve got a few robots to build and a few programs to write and it’s not as easy as it sounds. Of course by “we” I mean the rest of the team. One of the many perks of blogging is the absence of a ticking clock working against me. Although, Mr. Gras is riding me about getting the movie done.

Welcome Alanna. The expression on your face tells me you'll fit in just fine.
Welcome Alanna. The expression on your face tells me you'll fit in just fine.

What’s this movie you ask? I refer you to my previous blog in which I mentioned that exciting things were coming for the Dead Robot Society. This aforementioned movie is one of the exciting things I was talking about. Another exciting thing is our new member! We welcome Alanna to programming. It makes me feel better that I am no longer the newest new kid. Thank you Alanna.

Today has been a pretty chill day. Everyone is buckling down and getting things done. I took advantage of this atmosphere and did quite a bit of questioning. I asked Alanna how her first day in the BotCave was and she said she was enjoying herself. I asked Kelly and Mary how the program was doing and they said, “Uhh our robot won’t stop moving…” (Not to worry though, the issue was resolved.) I asked the hardware team what they were up to and they said, “Workin’ on the duck grabber. It grabs ducks.” Then Mr. Gras tried to explain what he was teaching Alanna and I asked, “…what?” Not a Sunday goes by where Mr. Grasmeder doesn’t lose me in conversation.

However I have assimilated quite well into my own role. In fact, today Allison punched me and I responded with, “Hey! That’s my blogging arm!” I promised myself I wouldn’t become a nerd, but apparently it’s unavoidable. Enough about me. As usual our marvelous team has made excellent use of their time here. Alanna is picking up on her job quickly, the rest of the software team is chugging along with their program, and hardware is making headway with the duck grabber. In addition, Mrs. Newcastle went above and beyond her call of duty by preparing not only taquitos, but mini tacos as well!

Just another day in the BotCave.