It's been a lot of planning, organizing and soon to be setting up and it's almost here! The 4th annual ROBOCON Festival!
This is a free festival we put on every year for our community. It showcases all levels of FIRST and VEX Robotics, with a full FRC field for other teams to come out and be a part of. We utilize each robotics field to have attendees obtain their ROBO Driver's License by driving each of the different robots on their competition fields. For the highest level, FRC, attendees must watch a match first, get a little coaching from the participating drive teams and then drive the robots in a full competition match! This is by far the biggest attraction!
We also have a wide array of interactive and engaging STEM related activities and exhibitors for the public to enjoy.
It'll be a week of setup and getting everything in order, but by Saturday we'll be ready! Looking forward to seeing the other 18 FRC teams who are coming out to play on the Steamworks field one more time and all the generous volunteers who offered their time to help make this event a success.
Many thanks to the View Newsgroup staff who helped immensely this year! It's going to be an even better event due to your amazing help and efforts!
For more info visit the ROBOCON website and Facebook page
The Lapeer Area View - ROBOCON returns July 22nd at the Center for Innovation
Some photos from the 2016 ROBOCON Festival
Our team competed in The Big Bang Competition at the Taylor Sportsplex on July 7-8th. The off season event was hosted by Team 280 TnT and had 23 FRC teams competing.
Since competing at the World Championship, we've made a few changes to our robot, so it was nice to see how things would work and if we needed to make more alterations. We also had to have a new pilot for this competition as our season pilot was a senior, but also unable to attend each day. He did a great job!
We held 1st place through the end of qualifications which gave us the 1st seed alliance captain position. There were only 23 teams so each one got to compete in the finals on an alliance. One alliance was able to pick no third robot since there was not a 24th team and get point allowances for going in with only two. We were hoping for this, to try something different, but the 3rd alliance chose it before the opportunity could get back to us! We still had a great alliance that fought hard in the elimination matches!
We chose Team 862 Lightning Robotics (part of the winning alliance at St. Louis World Champs) and our 3rd robot was Team 280B TnT Divas, three girls who built their robot in two weeks and this was their first time competing! So awesome!
Ending the competition as Event Finalists and taking home a really neat looking trophy was a great way to end a "blast" of a competition!!
Thanks to Team 280 TnT for hosting a great event and to Teams 862 and 280B for joining our alliance and taking it all the way to the end with us!
We were invited to participate in our local library's STEM week. Our team took our FRC robot as well as our smaller robots from our VEX teams to show attendees. We gave a presentation about what we do and then showed the kids how to drive each of the robots.
It was a great way to get kids excited about robotics and what they could learn on a team. Many were interested in our youth teams and we even had one sign up for our FRC team to learn more about programming!
Many thanks to Janelle Martin at the Lapeer District Library for inviting us! Even she took a turn driving the robots! :)
The County Press - Marguerite deAngeli Library to host Chimeras robotics team on Tuesday
A few important things about being a part of a FIRST robotics team is maintaining the core values of FIRST and spreading the word about robotics and STEM through community outreach, demonstrations and volunteering. We had a busy few days doing just that! These are fun, rewarding and learning events for our team.
Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Demonstration - Friday, June 2nd
Lani Ward's 6th grade PTLW class visited our room and were given insight about what we do as a robotics team as well as turns driving robots. Strike Zone, Team 5460 joined us to help give the students a fun and educational demonstration.
Lynch Elementary Carnival - Friday, June 2nd
Later that afternoon, we went to Lynch Elementary to help with their annual Kid's Carnival! A fun time was had by all...kids attending and team members volunteering.
LEADERFund Golf Outing Fundraiser - Saturday, June 3rd
The next morning, a few team members took our robot Artemis and volunteered at the LEADERFund's Golf Outing. They were gracious enough to give us funds to help expand our VEX Robotics program this year, so we were more than happy to help with their fundraiser.
Season wrap-up, highlights and what we are going to be up to in the off season.
Read the full article which was published in The County Press here: Lapeer Robotics team powers off after a successful year
Last week we traveled to St. Louis Missouri to compete with 406 other teams from around the World. We were placed in the Carson Division along with 67 other teams. There were 6 Divisions total and the winners of each went on to compete for the title.
After 2 days of qualification matches, we ended ranked 38th in our highly competitive field with a 5 win, 5 loss record.
We had some great matches and some that were quite tough, including one in which our pilot (human player) was the only one in the airship, where normally there are two.
View our matches HERE
Our team pushed on, kept the robot in peak performance and played hard. We didn't move on into the playoffs, but were right there to cheer on the other teams that did!
We were honored to with the award for Gracious Professionalism in the Carson & Tesla Divisions. This award "celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism® working together both on and off the playing field."
Overall, it was amazing to be able to compete side by side with some outstanding teams, have the experience once again on that level and strengthen the bonds within our team.
We've had an incredible award winning season that has been at times grueling, intense, challenging, rewarding and downright exciting! Being a part of this experience is definitely more than robots!! It's life changing.
On April 13-15th we competed at SVSU on the Dow Field at the Michigan FIRST State Championship. It was an incredible few days competing with some of the top teams in the state. 160 Michigan teams out of 451 total were qualified to compete for the State Championship title. Teams were separated onto 4 fields and the winners from those four went on to compete for the title.
After 12 qualification matches, we ended up on the 6th seed alliance with alliance partners, Team 67 - H.O.T. (captain) and Team 2960 - Automation Nation. Barreling through the playoffs all the way to the finals only to be taken down by the number 1 seed alliance (Teams 33, 2834 & 469) who went on to win the title of State Champs.
We finished as Event Finalists on the Dow Field, taking home another silver medal this season.
View our matches HERE.
Honored to win the Creativity Award for our robot which "Celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play" and acknowledged our teams' unique use of sensors and controls.
Our season so far with 2 District Events and the State Championship has left us ranked 28th in the state out of 451 teams and qualified us to compete in the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis Missouri on April 26-29th.
An incredible season that shows the strength of our team as a whole. Can't wait for Worlds!
HUGE thanks to our support team of Partners, Sponsors and Donors. Without you we could not do what we do!
Article in The County Press - 5 Robotics Teams Qualify for State Championships
Photos below credit to Daniel Ernst.
Our team after an amazing award winning competition!
Standing: Tony, Rob, Steve, Dave, Will, Alicia, Marshall, Bernadette, Matt, Grace, Trista, Scott, Sam
Front Row: Hunter, EliAna, Gavin, Jacob, Dawson, Sydney, Jon
Our team won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award as well as the award for being an Event Finalist.
After competing in 12 qualification matches, our team was ranked 1st out of 40 teams, making us the first seed alliance captain. For our alliance partners we chose Team 217 ThunderChickens and Team 1701 RoboCubs. It was an intense battle through the playoffs and in the very end we lost the tiebreaker to the 3rd seed alliance in the final matches.
Finishing second awarded us as Event Finalists!!
View our matches HERE.
We played consistently, worked well together to keep our robot at peak performance and held the highest match score in both the qualification and playoff matches. Due to our overall results from both District Events we are ranked 42nd in the state out of 451 teams and qualified to compete at the Michigan State Championship at Saginaw Valley State University along with 139 other teams!
We were honored to win the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award. This celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.
This was the first time our team has won this award and it truly shows how far we have come as a team and reflects who we are and strive to be! Not just for our members, but for our community as a whole. We love what we do and enjoy sharing that passion!
On April 12th we head out to SVSU to compete again and hope to qualify for the World Championship in St. Louis, MO.
Article in The County Press - Imlay City, Lapeer Robotics Teams Finish Strong
PICTURES FROM DAY 1: Practice matches and Chimeras on field reset duty!
PICTURES FROM DAY 2: Full day of qualification matches!
PICTURES FROM DAY 3: Morning finishing qualification matches then playoffs!
This year we've had some extra time in between competitions due to picking a week 2 and then week 6 event.
We've worked on the changes we wanted to make to our robot by using our practice bot. Then started to implement them using our 6 hours of "unbag" time. Speeding up our shooter and gear intake, perfecting our climber and finalizing some programming.
Happy with our progress so far and have 2 hours left to use tonight to make some final adjustments and test everything. Then Thursday we're off to our final District Event at Marysville High School hoping to do well enough to qualify for the State Championship next week!
Wish us well!
1-2: Practice bot prototyping 3-4: Unbag time adjusting Artemis 5: Programming 6-7: Making a pit addition for safety and creating spirit gear
We competed at our first of two district events over the weekend at Kettering University. Overall we were really happy with our performance, but also know what we want to change on our robot before the next competition to do even better!
It was nice to be back at it and to see the other FRC teams as well. These events are a competition, but the comradery between all the teams is something we look forward too. Being able to help other teams with whatever they needed is always a plus!
Thank you to Team 2612, The Corsairs for the "Best Hangar" pit award! Hope the rope continues to serve you well! ;)
Congrats to the winning alliance of Team 6618 WARHBOTS., Team 1243 Dragons and Team 2612 The Corsairs!!
STANDING: Ryan, Scott (mentor), Steve (mentor), Jon (coach), Bernadette (mentor), Matt (mentor), Gavin, Marshall, Will, Dave (mentor), Sydney, Jacob, EliAna FRONT: Trista, Dawson, Hunter, Sam, Alicia, Grace
Our team competed in 12 qualification matches and ended up 8th overall with a record of 8-4-0 and landed in the 5th seed alliance with Team 314, The Megatron Oracles and Team 5527, Cyber Phoenix. Our alliance fought hard, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Our team earned The Quality Award which "celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication." It shows that the entire team demonstrated quality in workmanship in all areas with execution being superb and that the machine was built with a detailed plan in mind and can withstand the rigors of competition. Building it adds to the teams' overall success in FIRST.
As a team, we were incredibly honored and proud to win this award!
Two students, Sydney Barker and Gavin Storts, were acknowledged as nominees for the FIRST Dean’s List Award, which "recognizes outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary." Criteria for this award includes: Demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST, effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in the school and community, interest in and passion for a long-term commitment to FIRST, overall individual contribution to their team, technical expertise and passion, entrepreneurship and creativity and the ability to motivate and lead fellow team members.
Sydney Barker was chosen out of all the nominees at the Kettering event as one of two Semi-Finalists who go on to compete for this honor at the Michigan State Championship!!!
Mentor, Matt Wagner was nominated by our team members for the Woodie Flowers Award, which "celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. Dr. William Murphy founded this prestigious award in 1996 to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills." A winner for this award is chosen at the Michigan State Competition.
Our team next competes during the last week of district competitions at the Marysville District Event at Marysville High School, April 6-8th. From there hoping to qualify for the Michigan State Championship which will be the next weekend and then the World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April.
Wish us luck!
Kettering #2 District Event Pics