We have two weeks until competition day which means that we are in crunch time for student registrations! I know you are all super busy trying to get your team to finish up all their work and start practicing but I need to get an accurate head count for competition day. Students must be registered through Active.com by Wednesday, May 6th. Please follow the instructions that can be found here. Mentors, please look in your section and start at step 5. You can send this link to parents of your students and they can follow the instructions under the 'Students' link. It is very important that this gets done ASAP, we need to know who is coming so we can start planning our lunches and number of judges required.
Also due on May 6th is the Team Spec sheet and SIDs. While we do not require a full technical report, it is very important for our judges to have a single page (single sided) spec sheet. This sheet is covered in detail in the mission documents, but I will require that you have a picture of your team and of the ROV. We must also have the basic specs of your ROV (cost, cool features, etc.). The SID is also discussed in detail in the mission document. This is not a full electrical schematic of the ROV, rather a generalized (think flow chart) of the ROV that shows the above water and below water components and how they fit together. Both documents are require for every team, teams may not pass their safety inspections without them.
If your team is having difficulties and you believe you will not compete on May 9th, we need to know now. This has a large impact on our judging teams and head count for lunch. Please let us know if your team will not be participating.
The mission schedule has not been finalized, however our day will follow a similar schedule to that below:
0745 - 0845 - Check in - Lobby
0800-1000 - Safety checks at your work table
0900-0945 - Judges and CEO/Captain's meeting - ALL Classes
1030 - 1200 - ALL CLASSES - First rounds of competition
1200-1300 - Lunch
1300-1530 - ALL CLASSES - Last rounds of competition
1530-1630 - Team Pack up and pool station tear down
1630-1650 - Awards
1700 Depart Facility.
Finally, general safety notes:
If you have not passed the fluid power quiz you will not be able to use any fluid power on your ROV. See Mission documents for definition of fluid power for your class. If you have not been approved for laser use by the MATE center, you will not be allowed to have a laser on your ROV. Both the fluid power quiz and laser approval documents need to be provided by your team, do not assume that we have them.
Batteries are not allowed to be used onboard your ROV. Any power that goes to your ROV must be provided by MATE and pass through the MATE fuse.
Closed toed shoes are required on the pool deck. No sandles or flip flops. Keens that have a toe box are allowed.
Teams should always wear eye protection while working on their ROV.
Good luck, please feel free to call with any questions and don't forget to re-read your mission documents!