Nemesis placing a cube on the scale. Photo credit: Daniel Ernst
We competed at our first of two district events over on March 8-10th at Kettering University. Overall we were really happy with our performance, but also realized what we need to change or fix on our robot Nemesis before the next competition to be even more successful!
Although our overall design served us very well, we had some issues with the way our robot was receiving messages from the field which caused problems with our autonomous modes. No matter what we did and even had experts looking at it, we couldn't resolve the issues with the Pigeons we were using, so switching it up for next time. It was frustrating because our programming team had worked so hard on our autons and they worked perfectly in our room and on the practice field, but only randomly on the actual field. We hope our changes will correct this issue for Marysville so we can show what our robot can do! (video of our 2 cube switch auton that worked a few times below...)
The other was our climber. It just had not worked as well as we would have liked and was taken off as soon as the comp was over! We have already prototyped and made something different that so far has proven to work quite well.
One thing we do well is to learn from our failures or obstacles...quickly assessing and moving on to something that will work better!
We also played one match 2 vs 3!! The 3rd robot in our alliance was not working and unable to compete, so it was just us and Team 3667 who fought hard and nearly won!! It was an exciting match to play and had us quite pumped for the rest of the day regardless of the loss. See the match ----> CLICK HERE
We also held the high score of 518 for the entire event from Qualification match #11.
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!
Our 2018 Team of students (minus Wesley & Hunter), mentors and alumni after the event. Nemesis, our robot was already sealed back up in his bag and ready to head back home!
Row 1: Trista, Haley, Brent, David
Row 2: Christian, Alexis, Grace, Sam, Caoihme
Row 3: Ryan, Ana, Matt, Luke, Will
Row 4: Sydney (holding our award), Aiden, Gavin, Marshall, Nick
Row 5: Steve, Alicia, Bernadette, Scott, Jon, Rob
Video of our 3 cube switch auton working in a match!
Our team competed in 12 qualification matches and landed in the 6th seed alliance for the elimination rounds with Team 5712, Hemlock's Gray Matter (captain) and Team 1243, The Dragons. Our alliance fought hard during the quarter-finals, and succeeded to take down the 3rd seed alliance in a final tie breaking match. We went onto compete in the semi-finals and although we stayed fighting, we were beat by the 2nd seed alliance.
Our team earned The Creativity Award which "celebrates creativity in design, use of component or strategy of play." We were awarded this for our unique intake design which uses top and bottom rollers as well as sensors to pick up a cube from any orientation.
As a team, we were incredibly honored and proud to win this award! It's taken many prototypes and iterations of this design to get it how we want it and we are still making improvements!
Our team captain and driver, Gavin Storts, was awarded as the District Dean's List Semi-Finalist out of all the other nominees at Kettering. This award "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.
He will go on to interview again for the title of Finalist at the Michigan State Championship!!! We couldn't be more proud of him!
Mentor and our Coach, Jon Uren 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.
HUGE thanks to our alliance partners - Team 5712 (captain) and Team 1243! We had a blast playing with you and worked really well together in the finals! Hope to play with you again in the future!
Congrats to the winning alliance of Team 4003 TriSonics, Team 494 Martians and Team 7144 Next Tech Hydra!!
Our team next competes during the last week of district competitions at the Marysville District Event at Marysville High School, April 5-7th. From there hoping to qualify for the Michigan State Championship which will be the next weekend and then the World Championship in Detroit at the end of April.
Wish us luck!
PICTURES FROM THE KETTERING EVENT
MORE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE EVENT