He is a She

Today, we had a revelation… CLOEE. Camera-Controlled, Land-based, Optical, Electronic, Explorer. That is her name. We made the decision to change him, into a her. She was truly meant to  be this way from the beginning, we just didn’t know it. As CLOEE was on her way to get some glamour shots, her wheels fell off as fast as we could put them on again (she wasn’t too happy). The set screws weren’t screwed far enough in the holes, but we fixed it. The team is also designing a new take on the wheels. They will be concave in on one side to save on weight, but with the same design idea as the wheels from SABLE. We have waited to 3D print the design yet for fear of another power outage, but hopefully if we plan correctly we can beat the wind – and the snow for that matter. But it’s up and running now and we are printing away. The arm is also being adjusted and changed so we can try Alfonzo’s design out.


New Years Resolution: Steal the Wheels

Leaving our wheel failure behind in 2016, we start our new year with a fairly quiet practice. A snowy night prevented some of our members from showing up to the meeting. Due to previous poor wheel performance, we are stealing the wheels from our 2013-14 robot Allen in order to attempt to fix the problem.

We uploaded some new videos to our YouTube channel (shameless self-promotion). Additional parts have been added to the custom printed circuit board, until the head student of the electronics department got distracted. This led to us spending some of our time editing captions onto this picture, just like every productive team should.


We tested the servos on the arm and found the middle servo was not strong enough to lift so we are looking at new servos. Any suggestions?

The adventures of “Him”

As of today our robot is nameless, so I will refer to it as “him”, it would be wrong any other way (unless he ends up being a girl). He had many successful runs over rocks and logs!

He climbed a mountain but drowned in a hill of wet sand.

Auguste said, “Let’s attach a jet pack to fly over it!” The robot almost landed on his head struggling to climb over a log much too dangerous for him, but thankfully Hayden saved him from imminent death. While we attempted to resuscitate our wheels so they could breathe again, a few wheels decided they were going to detach themselves from the body. We are thinking of new ideas for a better grip or wheel design at this point. Today was an interesting day. Everyone has spent many hours preparing for the first run. We were hoping for the best, but expecting less than perfection. We now have a lot of work to do from this point forward, but everyone is excited for our future.

Alfonso’s Hand Design:3-prong-hand-design

Welcome to the TSJC Robotics Blog!

Trinidad State Junior College

The Trinidad State Robotics Team got its start in 2009 when TSJC was invited to join the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. The program has evolved gradually and each team has improved on the previous year’s design. In the spring the students participate in COSGC’s Robotics Challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Students then submit a research paper to the consortium and present their research at the COSGC’s Research Symposium. The first paper was accepted in 2011 and since then the team has won the People’s Choice Award 5 times and their paper/presentation has won a session award twice.

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