Started work on ARC(II) with a new team and I am already experiencing problems. My new team members have proven troublesome with my method and have branched off with their own design insisting on things such as tracks in place of wheels, tracks have in my experience proven slow and requiring special gearing that in turn can result in the robot breaking apart; simple sensor assemblies in place of my sophisticated "trumpet" style assembly which provides three directions of tounch sensing with two touch sensors in place of the usual two sensors-two directions; creating an entirely new design instead of recycling my previous chasis and reworking it to work better; and random numbers in the program for turns instead of fixed turn times that require less fiddling.
Also I have had a great amount of stress placed on me from the teacher who has asked that I aid my fellow Junior Competitors as well as the Senior Competitors that are doing another entirely different project. I understand I did win last years competition and most of my attention when I am bored (which are great periods of time every day) are shifted to thinking over designs, but I am working on getting my own design done and work myself up a great deal on that alone.
I will try to get a robot page set up on this site for last years ARC and try to bring you more updates as things sort themselves out and the date of the competition draws closer.
Working hard till then: