Engineering Design Algorithm

Problem/ Design Objective:
Before Kick Off Day, the key players on the Robotics team logged on to the Internet and found the rules and requirements for “Laundry Quandary.” They determined that before the actual design could be considered, the function of the robot had to be defined.

Identify Goals and Constraints:
Directly after Kick-Off Day, the team discussed the specific goals that needed to be met in order to create a successful robot. Three separate goals were necessary to
meet the final purpose- to hang laundry. The robot needed a mechanism to imitate a claw, one to proved general operational motion and one to reach the hanging line. The constraints, including materials, budget and time were considered. The Table Display branch of the Robotics team faced a greater challenge in monetary and material constraints. Members were inclined to find the most efficient building supplies to successfully design an attractive table display. Gradually, each constraint was assessed and overcome through conversation and brainstorming. To better combat this complication, Treasurer Katie Hall recorded all monetary transactions from fundraising and donations. In addition, students who were new to the Robotics Program were faced with a lack of familiarity with the engineering process. The solution to this problem was found in the assistance of Robotics veterans and sponsors.

Gather Research and Information:
The Construction team used the web to find the measurements and background information that would be needed before in depth design could begin. The main problem that the construction team faced was how to use the motors in the most efficient manner. There was a big question whether two large motors should be used for movement, or if one should be used for movement and one for the scissor lift. 

Design Solutions: Brainstorm, Analyze, Finalize and Implement
See Robot.

Test and Repeat (as necessary):
Because the engineering process in itself is a circuitous journey, the testing of each prototype and design took place only to take the team “back to the drawing board.” Using caution, awareness and safety, each member had a vital role in every stage of testing and building of the domestic robot. Because the team wanted a robot that would be able to beat the clock, defy breakage, and function effectively, the construction team painstakingly used time, detail and effort to ensure the success of MACHO.