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Engineering Notebooks


Entry ID #: 260
Created: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 10:52 PM

Engineering notebooks are often overlooked, but Super Sonic Sparks 24 wants to tell others all about the importance of the engineering notebooks, what they are, and how to make one for your team.


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   sparksgirl on 02/14/2011

Sorry-sparksmom is my mom.

   sparksgirl on 02/14/2011

What is an engineering notebook? • It is the most overlooked aspect of robotics • It is one of the most important factors in a vex robotics team • It is the key to success • It is used to show accomplishments and failures of a team • It is the collaborative voice of the team that should represent all team members • It is typed or hand written IN PEN • It is a good reference for the team of where they started, how they got there, and where they are now • It should tell a story, about what you learned, what you tried, your experiences, your trials and errors, and prototypes How you make an engineering notebook and what do you put into it • Document EVERYTHING • Put tasks of what you plan to do during the meeting • Reflections of what you did/what you learned • Tables • Charts • Diagrams • “Aha Moments” Examples: • Wiring diagrams • Diagrams of motor ports • Gear configurations Remember: ▪ Be detailed ▪ Label everything ▪ Be organized Our Experience • It serves as a visual when talking to judges • It covers what is forgotten (when talking the judges or other teams) • It is the collective ideas, records, designs, and processes of the team