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'''<nowiki>*</nowiki>RFP''' is an acronym for ''Request For Proposal''. Internationally, RFPs are called ITTs, an acronym for ''Invitation To Tender''. Companies and governmental agencies use RFPs to solicit new business.
{{SLDP: RFP|Security Infiltration Drone (SID)}}


= Introduction =
{{SLDP: Real-life Scenarios (Robots)}}
In 2009, <span style="color: red; ">'''[confidential]'''</span> infiltrated the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters and nearly crippled communications throughout the United States. In response, the CIA is issuing an RFP for the design and construction of a robot to infiltrate their headquarters, retrieve a vital piece of data, and exit the facility within the allotted time.
 
{{SLDP: Outside Materials (Robots)}}
 
= Introduction and Overview =
In 2009, <span style="color: red;">'''[confidential]'''</span> infiltrated the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters and nearly crippled communications throughout the United States. In response, the CIA is issuing an RFP for the design and construction of a robot to infiltrate their headquarters, retrieve a vital piece of data, and exit the facility within the allotted time.


= Specifications =
= Specifications =
Design a robot using MLCad as your primary design tool. Your team must build a model of your design using the materials provided. A Mindstorms program that will direct the robot's movements must be created. A cost estimate of the robot's components must be provided. All revisions to the original design must be recorded and explained. This includes technical design drawings, as well as cost estimates. All revisions to the Mindstorms program must be recorded and explained.
Design a robot using Lego Digital Designer as your primary design tool. Your team must build a model of your design using the materials provided. A Mindstorms program that will direct the robot's movements must be created. A cost estimate of the robot's components must be provided. All revisions to the original design must be recorded and explained. This includes technical design drawings, as well as cost estimates. All revisions to the Mindstorms program must be recorded and explained.


The SID must be able to move autonomously over a pre-selected route, scan barcodes to open the gates, retrieve the data canister, deliver the data canister to the extraction point, and proceed to the exit. The robot must fit in a start area that is 25cm by 25cm. These specifications must be met for final commissioning.
The SID must be able to move autonomously over a pre-selected route, tap RFID reader tags to open the gates, retrieve the data canister, deliver the data canister to the extraction point, and proceed to the exit. The robot must fit in a start area that is 25cm by 25cm. These specifications must be met for final commissioning.


The robot must be fully autonomous, and therefore cannot be touched by any person during testing. Please refer to the course syllabus for all due dates.  
The robot must be fully autonomous, and therefore cannot be touched by any person during testing. Please refer to the course syllabus for all due dates.  


== Main Tasks ==
== Main Tasks ==
* Deactivate all gates
* Solve the gate puzzle
* Reach the exit of the course (black tile)
* Reach the exit of the course


== Extra Credit ==
== Extra Credit ==
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'''Note''': Any student who attempts to alter the course in any way, shape, or fashion (this includes lifting a tile to inspect its design) must meet with the Course Director to explain your attempt at academic dishonesty.
'''Note''': Any student who attempts to alter the course in any way, shape, or fashion (this includes lifting a tile to inspect its design) must meet with the Course Director to explain your attempt at academic dishonesty.


[[Image:SID01.png|SID Course]]
[[Image:SID2018.png|thumb|700px|center|Figure 1: SID Course<br /><span style="color: red;">'''Note: The picture above contains one representation of this project description.<br />Actual course may be different from the one pictured above, but similar in objective.'''</span>]]<br style="clear: both;" />


= Course Description =
= Course Description =
[[Image:SID02.png|start tile]]
The course has five RFID reader tags (A, B, C, D, and E) and four gates (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).
Each tag is activated by the robot tapping its RFID sticker onto the reader.


[[Image:SID03.png|barcode]]
Repeatedly tapping the same RFID reader tag is NOT allowed. For example, nowhere in any puzzle solution is it necessary to tap RFID reader tag A more than once consecutively.  


[[Image:SID04.png|unopened gate]]
[[Image:SID02.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 2: Start Tile]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
<!-- [[Image:SID03.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 3: Barcode]]<br style="clear: both;" /> -->
<!-- [[Image:SID04.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 4: Unopened Gate]]<br style="clear: both;" /> -->
[[Image:SID03.JPG|thumb|350px|center|Figure 3: RFID Reader]] <br style="clear: both;" />
 
[[Image:gate.JPG|thumb|350px|center|Figure 4: Closed Gates]] <br style="clear: both;" />
    
    
Once the barcode corresponding to the gate is scanned the gate will open.
Once the RFID reader tag(s) corresponding to the gate is tagged, the gate will open.
<span style="color: red; ">'''Note''':  Any designs that attempt to bypass in any other way(climbing over or under the gate) will not receive any credit.</span>
<span style="color: red;">'''Note''':  Any designs that attempt to bypass in any other way (climbing over or under the gate) will not receive any credit.</span>


[[Image:SID05.png|opened gate]]
<!-- [[Image:SID05.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 5: Opened Gate]]<br style="clear: both;" /> -->
When a RFID reader tag is tapped, it toggles the corresponding gate(s). i.e., if the gate(s) are open, they'll close and if they're closed, they'll open. The gates that correspond to each RFID reader tag are shown below:
* Gate 1: RFID reader tag A
* Gate 2: RFID reader tag A <span style="color: red;">'''AND''' </span> B
* Gate 3: RFID reader tag A <span style="color: red;">'''AND'''</span> C
* Gate 4: RFID reader tag D <span style="color: red;">'''OR'''</span> E
* Gate 5: RFID reader tag D <span style="color: red;">'''AND'''</span> E


[[Image:SID06.png|data canister capsule]]
For example, if Gate 1 is closed at RFID reader tag A is tapped, then Gate 1 will open. If Gate 2 is closed and RFID reader tag B is tapped but A has not been tapped, then Gate 2 will remain closed.


[[Image:SID07.png|extraction point]]
At the beginning of each trial, all gates begin closed.


[[Image:SID08.png|exit point]]
[[Image:SID06.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 5: Data Canister Capsule]]<br style="clear: both;" />


= Microsoft Project =
[[Image:SID07.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 6: Extraction Point]]<br style="clear: both;" />
Your team must create a time management plan using Microsoft Project (MS Project). You can learn Microsoft Project by doing the [[Microsoft Project Skill Builder]] contained elsewhere in this manual. This plan must include all tasks related to the project. Each task must be named, assigned duration and assigned to a specific person (or people). You must begin your work by creating an MS Project plan. Follow your project plan throughout the semester. If the team falls behind schedule, explain the reasons for the delays when you present your progress reports, list the steps being taken to get the project back on track, and create a revised MS Project plan.


For help in planning your project, review [[How to plan the schedule and calculate costs for a project]].
[[Image:SID08.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 7: Exit Point]]<br style="clear: both;" />


There should be at least twenty tasks/subtasks and three Milestones. Milestones should be noted with the duration of "0day". Moreover, the copy picture function included in MS Project Software should be used instead of the print screen function of the computer.
{{SLDP: Microsoft Project}}


= Drawings =
{{SLDP: Drawings (Robots)|8}}
A command of '''MLCad''' is necessary for you to complete the drawings required for this project. Use MLCad to create four drawings of your robot: front, top, most detailed side, and a drawing of your gear trains. Sensors, motors, and gears must be included in each drawing. All parts used in the robot must be referred to using the part number found in the price list.
Each revision of your design must be documented. This is done by saving the old side view drawing, and assigning a revision number to the new drawing.


== NXT Parts ==
== Model ==
Since NXT is a very recent technology upgrade to Mindstorms, the NXT parts have not been fully reviewed for inclusion in the "official" parts library for MLCad. There are unofficial versions of the parts available for use in MLCad. You can download the parts using the following links:
• Watch this space for links
Materials
The following materials will be provided:
The following materials will be provided:
1. Mindstorms NXT part kit
# Mindstorms EV3 part kit
2. One NXT
# One EV3
3. Sensors
# Sensors
4. Motors
# Motors
5. Barcode Scanner
# RFID reader tag
 
The finished SID must not exceed a footprint of 25cm &times; 25cm. There is no height limitation.
 
Additional materials can be supplied by your TA.
Additional materials can be supplied by your TA.


= Cost Estimate =
{{SLDP: Cost Estimate (Robots)}}
Once a robot design is complete, a cost estimate must be generated that specifies the cost of all the materials and labor required for the construction of your design. Tabulate this cost information clearly in an Excel spreadsheet, using the materials cost list provided. You can get help in calculating the cost by reviewing the page called [[How to plan the schedule and calculate costs for a project]]. The costs for the parts can be found on the page [[Media:Legoprice.pdf|Price list for Lego parts for robot projects]].
 
{{SLDP: Milestones and Benchmarks}}
 
{{SLDP: Milestone 1 (Robots)}}
 
{{SLDP: Benchmark A}}
* Show puzzle solution and tag the first RFID Reader Tag in sequence
 
{{SLDP: Milestone 2 (Robots)}}
 
{{SLDP: Benchmark B}}
* Tap three RFID reader tags in solution.
 
{{SLDP: Milestone 3 (Robots)}}
 
{{SLDP: Commissioning}}
* Reach the exit point (black tile).
 
{{SLDP: Final Presentation}}
* Problem statement
* Solution overview
* Company description and qualifications
* Drawings
* Mindstorms program
* Cost estimate
* Microsoft Project schedule
* Video demonstration
* Why should the company be awarded this contract?
 
{{SLDP: Submission}}
** Final presentation
** Final Mindstorms program
** Initial sketch
** All the drawings of your design (initial through final)
** Video
** Final MS Project Schedule
** Final cost estimate
** Resume(s) (No fictitious resumes will be accepted.)
 
{{SLDP: Early Acceptance}}
 
{{SLDP: Late Delivery}}
 
= Frequently Asked Questions =


'''Note: You should only use the materials contained in the [[Media:Legoprice.pdf|Price list for Lego parts for robot projects]]. If you want to use other parts, get permission from your faculty member to do so, and also to determine the cost of the parts you want to use that are not in this price list.'''
Benchmark B says that we need to perform the first three taps in our solution so can we just say that our solution has three consecutive RFID reader tag A taps and have that count?


Have all the materials and parts used categorized in different groups instead of including individual parts. Make sure to include the units of each part used in a group and total them up for that individual group. Moreover, the cost of labor should be included. You can get help on the labor cost by reading the page [[How to plan the schedule and calculate costs for a project]].
:No. There is no need at any point in this puzzle to consecutively tap the same RFID reader more than once. You are not allowed to just say that you came up with a solution that has 3 scans of RFID A or B in a row to start off with.


= Milestones =
As you work on your project, you will be required to present periodic reports on your progress. We call these Milestones. All the items assigned in each Milestone are called deliverables. These deliverables often consist of a combination of written submissions, presentations, and demonstrations.


== Milestone 1 ==
Prepare a preliminary sketch of your design, a cost estimate, and an MS Project plan. Also, indicate which route you plan to follow from the start line to the power supply.


Look Ahead: What tasks do you plan between now and Milestone 2?
<!-- = Appendix A: Connecting NXT/EV3s through Bluetooth =
For this project, you will need to send data from your NXT/EV3 to the other NXT/EV3s spread throughout the course. In this section we will go through the steps needed to connect your device to the other devices on the SID course. Note that an NXT can only communicate with other NXTs and EV3s can only communicate with other EV3s.


Milestone 1 Deliverables: A presentation. Include the preliminary sketch, cost estimate, and MS Project plan. Include a brief description of the robot, the route to be followed, and any special features and benefits of your design.
== Connecting an NXT to another NXT ==
To connect an NXT to another NXT, simply follow the instructions listed in the [[Media:NXT BT User Guide.pdf|NXT Bluetooth User Guide]].


Note: Whenever you revise your drawing(s), your cost estimate, or your MS Project plan, you must include the initial drawing, the initial cost estimate, or the initial MS Project plan, in addition to the revision.
== Connecting an EV3 to another EV3 ==
On your EV3, go to the settings tab and check to see if Bluetooth is enabled. If the box next to it is checked, then that means Bluetooth is enabled.


== Milestone 2 ==
[[Image:SID15.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 10: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
Using MLCad, prepare four views of your latest design: front, top, most detailed side, and an isometric drawing. Create an MLCad drawing of your gear trains. Complete your latest Mindstorms program and your latest MS Project plan reflecting any schedule changes. Finally, calculate a revised cost estimate. A signed '''Benchmark Assessment A Form''' must be submitted to your Recitation TA.


Look Ahead: What tasks do you plan between now and Milestone 3?
Go into the Bluetooth settings.


Milestone 2 Deliverables: A copy of your presentation slides that includes four views of your design using MLCad: front, top, most detailed side, and an isometric drawing; an MLCad drawing of your gear trains; your Mindstorms program; a revised cost estimate; your revised MS Project plan; and your signed '''Benchmark Assessment A Form'''.
[[Image:SID16.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 11: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />


Note: Whenever you revise your drawing(s), your cost estimate, or your MS Project plan, you must include the initial drawing, the initial cost estimate, or the initial MS Project plan, in addition to the revision.
Enable Bluetooth if necessary, then select Connections.


== Milestone 3 ==
[[Image:SID17.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 12: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
Using MLCad, prepare four views of your latest design: front, top, most detailed side, and an isometric drawing. Create an MLCad drawing of your gear trains. Complete your latest Mindstorms program and your latest MS Project plan reflecting any schedule changes. Finally, calculate a revised cost estimate. A signed '''Benchmark Assessment B Form''' must be submitted to your Recitation TA.


Look ahead: What tasks do you plan between now and the completion of the project?
To search for the EV3 bricks that you would like to connect to, select Search.


Milestone 3 Deliverables: A copy of your presentation slides that includes four views of your design using MLCad: front, top, most detailed side, and an isometric drawing; an MLCad drawing of your gear trains; your Mindstorms program; a revised cost estimate; your revised MS Project plan; and your signed '''Benchmark Assessment B Form'''.
[[Image:SID18.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 13: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />


Note: Whenever you revise your drawing(s), your cost estimate, or your MS Project plan, you must include the initial drawing, the initial cost estimate, or the initial MS Project plan, in addition to the revision.
Within a minute or two, you should see the EV3 you want to connect to, as well as any other Bluetooth devices within range. In this example, we want to connect to EV3_Brick2, so we'll select EV3_Brick2 and connect to it.


== Final Presentation ==
[[Image:SID19.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 14: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
The exact specifications for your final presentation will be provided by your instructor. Some of these requirements will be: the features and benefits of your design, project specifications, all drawings, Mindstorms programs, cost estimates, and your completed MS Project. Ideally, commissioning should take place before the Final Presentation. If, for some reason, you were not commissioned, then you may do so after the presentation. A signed Commissioning Statement must be included with your final presentation materials.


== Final Submission ==
Now you'll need to pay attention to both your EV3 as well as the EV3 you want to connect to as you'll see the following prompt.
Your project should be submitted as a folder containing the following deliverables:


* Benchmark Assessment A statement
[[Image:SID20.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 15: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
* Benchmark Assessment B statement
* Commissioning statement
* Hardcopy and CD containing:
** Final presentation
** Cover page and table of appendices.
** Appendices:
*** Final Mindstorms program
*** Initial sketch
*** All the drawings of your final design
*** Video
*** Final MS Project Schedule
*** Final Cost estimate
*** Resume(s)


=== EARLY ACCEPTANCE ===
Once you confirm that you want to connect to that device, you will be asked for a passkey. The default passkey is 1234 and is automatically entered on your device so all you need to do is confirm it. You will also need to enter that same passkey on the second EV3.
If you complete your project one week early, you are eligible for a bonus that will be added to your final semester-long project grade. You must submit all deliverables by 5PM one week before your section is scheduled to present (see syllabus for exact date). To commission early, all required information on the form titled Project Submission Form, found on the EG web site, must be approved, accepted, and signed by a TA. The deliverables received early are the ones you will use in your presentation. No adjustments to the deliverables commissioned will be accepted.


=== LIQUIDATED DAMAGES ===
[[Image:SID21.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 16: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
If you do not complete all your deliverables and do not commission during the Final Presentation, you will incur liquidated damages as defined in the grading policy.


= Appendix: Using the Barcode Scanner =
If everything was done correctly, you should receive the following message.


In order to program your NXT to make use of the barcode scanner, you will need a special block that is not included with Mindstorms called "barcode scanner". The files needed to use this block can be found at [https://eg.poly.edu/downloads.php].
[[Image:SID22.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 17: ]]<br style="clear: both;" /> -->


== Setting up the barcode scanner block ==
<!-- = Appendix B: Using the RFID Reader Tag =
In order to program your NXT to make use of the barcode scanner, you will need a special block that is not included with Mindstorms called "barcode scanner". The files needed to use this block can be found at [https://eg.poly.edu/downloads.php https://eg.poly.edu/downloads.php].


Once the files have been downloaded and extracted to your computer, go to My Documents >> LEGO Creations >> MINDSTORMS Projects >> Profiles >> Default >> Blocks >> MyBlocks and place barcodescanner.rbt into that folder. Then, open the LEGO Mindstorms program and select Tools, and then Block Import and Export Wizard
== Setting up the barcode scanner block (NXT) ==
Once the files have been downloaded and extracted to your computer, go to ''My Documents'' >> ''LEGO Creations'' >> ''MINDSTORMS Projects'' >> ''Profiles'' >> ''Default'' >> ''Blocks'' >> ''MyBlocks'' and place '''barcodescanner.rbt''' into that folder. Then, open the LEGO Mindstorms program and select Tools, and then Block Import and Export Wizard
   
   
[[Image:SID09.png|select block import and export wizard]]
[[Image:SID09.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 18: Select Block Import and Export Wizard]]<br style="clear: both;" />


On the Block Import and Export Wizard window, click Browse and select the folder where the files were downloaded to. Under Select Blocks to Import, you should see the following files: Chr() Block, IIC Read Block and IIC Write Block.
On the Block Import and Export Wizard window, click Browse and select the folder where the files were downloaded to. Under Select Blocks to Import, you should see the following files: Chr() Block, IIC Read Block and IIC Write Block.


[[Image:SID10.png|import dialog]]
[[Image:SID10.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 19: Import Dialog]]<br style="clear: both;" />
   
   
Import each of the blocks by selecting the block and then clicking Import. Once you’ve imported all three files, close the wizard.
Import each of the blocks by selecting the block and then clicking Import. Once you’ve imported all three files, close the wizard.


== Using the barcode scanner Block ==
== Using the barcode scanner block (NXT) ==
The barcode scanner block can be found in the Custom palette under the MyBlock tab.
The barcode scanner block can be found in the Custom palette under the MyBlock tab.


[[Image:SID11.png|custom palette]]
[[Image:SID11.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 20: Custom Palette]]<br style="clear: both;" />


Once you’ve added the block to your program, you can assign a port for the barcode scanner in the text block. (Note: You can only use ports 1 4)
Once you’ve added the block to your program, you can assign a port for the barcode scanner in the text block. (Note: You can only use ports 1 &ndash; 4)


[[Image:SID12.png|assign port]]
[[Image:SID12.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 21: Assign Port]]<br style="clear: both;" />


For this SLDP, you need to transmit the barcode that was scanned to another NXT in order to open the gates. To do that, you will need to add the Send Message block to your program. This block can be found in the Complete palette, under the Action tab.
For this SLDP, you need to transmit the barcode that was scanned to another NXT in order to open the gates. To do that, you will need to add the Send Message block to your program. This block can be found in the Complete palette, under the Action tab.


[[Image:SID13.png|send message]]
[[Image:SID13.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 22: Send Message]]<br style="clear: both;" />


After adding the block to your program, connect the terminals with the T label as shown in the figure below.
After adding the block to your program, connect the terminals with the T label as shown in the figure below.


[[Image:SID14.png|connect terminals]]
[[Image:SID14.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 23: Connect Terminals]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
Make sure that Text is selected in the Message option and that the connection number you select corresponds to the NXT you want to send data to.
 
== Setting up the barcode scanner block (EV3) ==
Once the file has been downloaded, open the Mindstorms EV3 program and select Tools, and then Block Import.
 
[[Image:SID23.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 24: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
On the Block import and export window, click Browse and select the folder where the file was downloaded to. Under Select Blocks to Import, you should see the BarcodeScanner.ev3b file.
 
[[Image:SID24.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 25: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
Select the file and import it. Afterwards, restart the Mindstorms programs.
 
== Using the barcode scanner block (EV3) ==
The barcode scanner block can be found on the Sensors Tab (the yellow tab)
 
[[Image:SID25.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 26: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
Once you’ve added the block to your program, you can assign a port for the barcode scanner by clicking on the number on the top right corner of the block.
 
[[Image:SID26.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 27: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
For this SLDP, you need to transmit the barcode that was scanned to another EV3 in order to open the gates. To do that, you will need to add the Messaging block to your program. This block can be found in the Advanced tab (the blue tab).
 
[[Image:SID27.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 28: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
After adding the block to your program, connect the terminals as shown in the figure below.
 
[[Image:SID28.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 29: ]]<br style="clear: both;" />
 
When using the Messaging block, it is important that the name of the EV3 you want to connect to is set on the first terminal. You can indicate which you want to send the message to by clicking on the first terminal of the Messaging block and typing in the name. Alternatively, if you have already established a connection with the EV3 that you want to send the message to and have the EV3 connected to your computer, the name of that EV3 will be displayed as an option.
 
[[Image:SID29.png|thumb|350px|center|Figure 30: ]]<br style="clear: both;" /> -->


Make sure that Text is selected in the Message option and that the connection number you select corresponds to the nxt you want to send data to. Refer to the [[Media:NXT Bluetooth User Guide]] on for information on connecting NXTs to each other through Bluetooth.
{{Semester-Long Design Project}}

Latest revision as of 16:48, 17 April 2018

RFP*: Security Infiltration Drone (SID)

* RFP is an acronym for Request For Proposal. Internationally, RFPs are called ITTs, an acronym for Invitation To Tender. Governmental agencies use RFPs to solicit new business.

This project reflects real life scenarios; the robot must be able to handle minor imperfections in the course.

Note: You should only use the materials contained in the price list for LEGO parts for robot projects. If you want to use other parts, get permission from your faculty member to do so, and also to determine the cost of the parts you want to use that are not in this price list.

Introduction and Overview

In 2009, [confidential] infiltrated the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters and nearly crippled communications throughout the United States. In response, the CIA is issuing an RFP for the design and construction of a robot to infiltrate their headquarters, retrieve a vital piece of data, and exit the facility within the allotted time.

Specifications

Design a robot using Lego Digital Designer as your primary design tool. Your team must build a model of your design using the materials provided. A Mindstorms program that will direct the robot's movements must be created. A cost estimate of the robot's components must be provided. All revisions to the original design must be recorded and explained. This includes technical design drawings, as well as cost estimates. All revisions to the Mindstorms program must be recorded and explained.

The SID must be able to move autonomously over a pre-selected route, tap RFID reader tags to open the gates, retrieve the data canister, deliver the data canister to the extraction point, and proceed to the exit. The robot must fit in a start area that is 25cm by 25cm. These specifications must be met for final commissioning.

The robot must be fully autonomous, and therefore cannot be touched by any person during testing. Please refer to the course syllabus for all due dates.

Main Tasks

  • Solve the gate puzzle
  • Reach the exit of the course

Extra Credit

  • Retrieve data canisters (with a robotic arm) and bring them to extraction point

Note: Any student who attempts to alter the course in any way, shape, or fashion (this includes lifting a tile to inspect its design) must meet with the Course Director to explain your attempt at academic dishonesty.

Figure 1: SID Course
Note: The picture above contains one representation of this project description.
Actual course may be different from the one pictured above, but similar in objective.


Course Description

The course has five RFID reader tags (A, B, C, D, and E) and four gates (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Each tag is activated by the robot tapping its RFID sticker onto the reader.

Repeatedly tapping the same RFID reader tag is NOT allowed. For example, nowhere in any puzzle solution is it necessary to tap RFID reader tag A more than once consecutively.

Figure 2: Start Tile


Figure 3: RFID Reader


Figure 4: Closed Gates


Once the RFID reader tag(s) corresponding to the gate is tagged, the gate will open. Note: Any designs that attempt to bypass in any other way (climbing over or under the gate) will not receive any credit.

When a RFID reader tag is tapped, it toggles the corresponding gate(s). i.e., if the gate(s) are open, they'll close and if they're closed, they'll open. The gates that correspond to each RFID reader tag are shown below:

  • Gate 1: RFID reader tag A
  • Gate 2: RFID reader tag A AND B
  • Gate 3: RFID reader tag A AND C
  • Gate 4: RFID reader tag D OR E
  • Gate 5: RFID reader tag D AND E

For example, if Gate 1 is closed at RFID reader tag A is tapped, then Gate 1 will open. If Gate 2 is closed and RFID reader tag B is tapped but A has not been tapped, then Gate 2 will remain closed.

At the beginning of each trial, all gates begin closed.

Figure 5: Data Canister Capsule


Figure 6: Extraction Point


Figure 7: Exit Point


Microsoft Project

You must create a schedule to manage your time in Microsoft Project. You can learn Microsoft Project by doing the MS Project Skill Builder. This schedule must include all tasks related to the project from the start of the project to Submission. Click here to access the guide on how to transfer a file. The Microsoft Project schedule should include the following:

  • Minimum of 20 tasks
  • Milestones should be clearly indicated on the project plan (duration of zero days)
  • Each task must include the person responsible for completing the task (resource names)
  • Use the "Copy Picture" function to include the project plan in the presentations. Do not take a screenshot
  • Gantt chart must be displayed alongside the tasks list (fit onto one slide)
  • Gantt chart must clearly show a progress line
  • Clearly state during the presentation whether the project is on-time, behind schedule, or ahead of schedule

For help in planning the project, review the manual page Planning Project Scheduling & Costs.

Drawings

All drawings and sketches should be made using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). LDD can be installed for free from the LEGO website.

Using LDD, create four drawings of the robot: front, top, most detailed side, and a drawing of the gear train(s). Sensors, motors, and gears must be included in each drawing. If the robot does not use any gears, make sure to explicitly state that in your presentations.

Each revision of the design must be documented and all changes must be presented during Milestone presentations.

Model

The following materials will be provided:

  1. Mindstorms EV3 part kit
  2. One EV3
  3. Sensors
  4. Motors
  5. RFID reader tag

The finished SID must not exceed a footprint of 25cm × 25cm. There is no height limitation.

Additional materials can be supplied by your TA.

Cost Estimate

Once a robot design is complete, a cost estimate must be generated that specifies the cost of all the materials and labor required for the construction of the design. Tabulate this cost information clearly in an Excel spreadsheet, using the materials cost list provided. Help in calculating the cost is available by reviewing how to plan the schedule and calculate costs for a project. The costs for the parts can be found on the price list for LEGO parts for robot projects.

Note: You should only use the materials contained in the price list for LEGO parts for robot projects. If you want to use other parts, get permission from your faculty member to do so, and also to determine the cost of the parts you want to use that are not in this price list.

The cost estimate should include the following:

  • Labor cost breakdown with hours and rates
  • Consolidate low-cost pieces: axles, beams, bricks, bushings, connectors, gears, plates
  • Itemize high-cost pieces: controllers (EV3 brick), sensors, motors
  • No decimal places; this is an estimate after all. Round appropriately
  • Total cost must be shown in the bottom right corner

Notebook/Project Journal

While working on your project, you are expected to keep a record of all work done, as well as future plans and goals. In order to complete a Benchmark assessment, you must submit your notebook in .pdf format to the EG1003 website, as well as show your notebook to the Open Lab TA completing your assessment. A guide to writing the notebook, as well as a basic overview of its expectations, can be found here.

Milestones, Benchmarks, and Deliverables

As you work on your project, you will be required to present periodic reports on your progress. We call these Milestones. All the items assigned in each Milestone are called deliverables. These deliverables often consist of a combination of written submissions, presentations, and demonstrations.

Preliminary Design Investigation

The Preliminary Design Investigation (PDI) is extremely important, as it lays the groundwork for your project. You will be outlining your project idea, inspiration, and goals.

The PDI must include:

  • Cover Page
  • Project Overview
  • Goals & Objectives
  • Design & Approach
  • Cost Estimate
  • Project Schedule
  • Relevant Pictures

An example PDI template can be found here. The PDI is due by Benchmark A. Do not forget to include the items listed above. Use this link to access the VEX PDI Rubric.

Milestone 1

See How To Give a Milestone Presentation for the format of a Milestone presentation.

Milestone 1 should act as a presentation of your Preliminary Design Investigation. Without simply replicating your report in presentation format, take the key points to present in a concise and clear manner. The section formatting should be similar to that of the report. It is important that you outline your project goals and show that your project is realizable. This includes:

  • Project description
  • Design approach
  • Mission statement
  • Preliminary CAD drawing of robot
  • Cost estimate
  • Microsoft Project schedule
      • Click here to access the guide on how to transfer a file
  • Progress update: current state of the project


Look Ahead: What tasks are planned between now and Milestone 2?

Benchmark Assessment A

Benchmark assessments evaluate the progress of your project. Benchmark Assessment A is due at the end of Model Shop Session II. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass Benchmark A, your design must complete all of the following:

  • Show puzzle solution and tag the first RFID Reader Tag in sequence

Milestone 2

See How To Give a Milestone Presentation for the format of a Milestone presentation.

Milestone 2 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Design changes since Milestone 1
    • Mission statement
    • CAD drawings: top, front, most detailed side, isometric, gear train
    • Mindstorms program
    • Updated cost estimate (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Updated Microsoft Project schedule (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Progress update: current state of the project (time, budget, etc.)

Look Ahead: What tasks are planned between now and Milestone 3?

Benchmark Assessment B

Benchmark Assessment B is due at the end of Model Shop Session III. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, complete all of the following tasks:

  • Tap three RFID reader tags in solution.

Milestone 3

See How To Give a Milestone Presentation for the format of a Milestone presentation.

Milestone 3 Deliverables:

  • Presentation:
    • Project description
    • Design approach
    • Design changes since Milestone 2
    • Mission statement
    • CAD drawings: top, front, most detailed side, isometric, gear train
    • Mindstorms program
    • Updated cost estimate (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Updated Microsoft Project schedule (previous and current). What changes were made?
    • Progress update: current state of the project (time, budget, etc.)

Look ahead: What tasks are planned between now and the completion of the project?

Commissioning

Refer to the syllabus for the Commissioning deadline. There are penalties for not completing this on time. Refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

To pass, the design must complete all of the following:

  • Reach the exit point (black tile).

Final Presentation

The Final Presentation will be a technical briefing, similar to the Milestones, but also serves as a sales presentation explaining why your company should be selected instead of the competition. Please include the following:

  • Problem statement
  • Solution overview
  • Company description and qualifications
  • Drawings
  • Mindstorms program
  • Cost estimate
  • Microsoft Project schedule
  • Video demonstration
  • Why should the company be awarded this contract?

Submission

All SLDPs must submit online. Please visit https://eg.poly.edu/finalSLDP.php for the link to the Project Submission form and each SLDP group's individualized login information. To submit, you must login to the EG1003 website using this special login information. Submitting with your NYU account or any other account will generate an error. You may resubmit at any time before the deadline. Please note that submission times are based on the most recent submission.

Please note the deliverables for this project are as follows. If any of the following items are omitted, you will be penalized. Be sure to click submit at the bottom of the form. The following list includes deliverable items that are expected from your group:

  • Submission deliverables:
    • Final presentation
    • Final Mindstorms program
    • Initial sketch
    • All the drawings of your design (initial through final)
    • Video
    • Final MS Project Schedule
    • Final cost estimate
    • Resume(s) (No fictitious resumes will be accepted.)

Early Submission

If you submit your project one academic week early, you are eligible for a bonus that will be added to your final semester-long project grade. You must submit all deliverables one academic week before the submission deadline (see syllabus for exact date). The deliverables received early are the ones you will use in your presentation. No adjustments to the submitted deliverables will be accepted.

Late Submission

Late Submission is not allowed. If you do not Commission or Partial Commission by the deadline set forth in the syllabus, you will not be allowed to submit and will receive a zero for the project grade. In order to receive Partial Commissioning, two TAs must analyze the project and determine its level of completeness in terms of Commissioning requirements. Please refer to the EG1003 Grading Policy for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Benchmark B says that we need to perform the first three taps in our solution so can we just say that our solution has three consecutive RFID reader tag A taps and have that count?

No. There is no need at any point in this puzzle to consecutively tap the same RFID reader more than once. You are not allowed to just say that you came up with a solution that has 3 scans of RFID A or B in a row to start off with.