At 6:30 am on March 1st our team, along with team 7048, boarded the bus to head to Grand Forks, ND for the inaugural Great Northern Regional. Thursday was a day for practice, and a day to figure out how to fix all the kinks in our robot. On Friday, 3 team members gave their Chairman’s presentation. Also on Friday, qualification matches started. By the end of qualification matches on Friday, the team was ranked 19 with 7 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie. Our team was selected by team 2491 to be on alliance #5. Coincidentally, our other alliance partner was our sister team, team 7048! We won both games of the quarter finals and were on our way to the semi finals. In the semi finals we faced the #1 seeded alliance. Unfortunately we lost two matches and were out. At the end of the regional, however, our team was awarded the Quality Award! This was awarded to us for the reliability, high performance, elegance, efficiency, and maintainability of our robot design. Overall our robot, and team as a whole, performed well, despite having numerous issues with our intake. We are already bursting with ideas on how to make our robot more efficient. We look forward to attending the Iowa Regional in a couple of weeks!
The 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition game is Powerup. The objective of the game is to place power cubes on the scale and switches to gain control of them, as well as use power cubes to gain powerups.
There are two alliances during the game, each consisting of three robots. Alliances can earn points in numerous ways. An alliance will score points for every second they control the scale or their own switch. They can provide their alliance with power cubes to activate one of three different powerups (one is played during the end game and the other two can be played during any point in the game).
The game starts with a 20 second autonomous period where robots are pre-programmed to cross the baseline or place power cubes on the switch or scale. Following autonomous is a teleop period where human drivers drive their robots to earn as many points as possible. The game finishes with a 30 second end game period. During this period, robots drive on the platform or attach to the rung on the scale to gain extra points. This is also when the third power up can be used. The team with the most points at the end of the match wins!
– Emily Martin
On September 29th, we had the privilege to present to a local elementary school: Freedom Elementary. Our goal for this presentation was to show over two hundred fourth and fifth graders our robot from last season, as well as make them aware of the FIRST Lego League teams that their school has to offer. Through an interactive presentation, we were able to achieve our goal! The students loved watching our robot from last season pick up and shoot balls. We were also able to spark many interests, both in the students and in their teachers, about FIRST. The students had numerous questions about both our team and their own school’s FLL teams. This presentation helped fill the three FLL teams at Freedom Elementary! We will be returning to Freedom twice a week to help with those FLL teams, but more on that to come in the future.