On Saturday October 29, the N.E.R.D.S team met at Mr. Nelson’s shop. The members present were Nathan Meyer and Kevin Henggeler. Many other members were participating in a band competition.
Mr. Nelson had finished a simple manual control opmode for the Mecanum drive prototype. A single gamepad is used, the right stick controlling translation left/right/forward/back, and the left stick controlling rotation. Both students spent much of the meeting learning to drive the robot and developing proficiency. All were amazed at the speed and maneuverability provided by the Mecanum wheels.