This competition took 36 teams from all around southeastern Texas and put them in action. We were lucky enough to be one of those teams. We were high enough on the rankings that we picked two teams to go into eliminations with us:team 8366 (Dragon Domination) and team 9759 (Technobusters). We did well enough to get us into finals in eliminations again! All day, we had trouble with our robot, but we were able to hang once during the day. Also, two of our team members are Dean's List Seminfinalists and one of them is one of 2 of the finalists picked out of the 15 from the southeastern United States. Due to receiving the Inspire Award 3rd place, we were able to move on to Super-Regionals.

 

       Rank: 2nd Place Rankings & 2nd Place Elimination Rounds

 Highest Score: 235

     Awards: Inspire Third Place (Inspire is overall champion),

First Place Think Award    & Finalist Alliance Team #1

This competition took 72 teams from across the southeastern United States. In this 3 day event, each team ran 9 times in alliances of two teams. We were able to win only 6 out of our 9 matches, but that still put us in the top 15 teams. During the day, our ranking for robot runs got as high as 4. We did very well in the judging. In fact, we got interviewed by judges in our pits 3 times. We ended up getting first place Think award for our engineering notebook. That means we are going on to worlds! 

 

Rank: 15th Place Rankings 

 Highest Score: 235

     Awards: 

First Place Think Award

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Robotics Meets

The robot for meet #1 was relatively simple. We had a basic chassis built with a low center of gravity for stability, but high enough to clear the blocks and the bars on the ramp. We chose 6’ wheels with AndyMark wedge-top treads to help maximize our ability to climb the ramp, but we could only reach the middle zone. We also had a bucket that we used to drop the climbers into the beacon bucket for 20 points each match. We had prepared a mechanism to push the button on the beacon, but we removed it at the last moment before the meet because the software we needed to operate it wasn’t ready.

             Rank: 1st Place

    Highest Alliance Score: 66

By the second meet, we made a significant addition to our robot. The chassis stayed the same, but on top of it, we installed a grabber-arm that would allow us to pick up pieces of debris and deposit them into buckets mounted on the ramp. With this addition, we were able to score higher at the competition with our highest score being 99. However, our arm fell apart in match #4, so we needed to revise it after the meet.​

             Rank: 1st Place

Highest Alliance Score: 99

Before this meet, we made some major modifications to our robot.  We revised the chassis by flipping the motor mounts upside-down in order for us to have a flat surface to mount our arm and to give easier access to the motor mounts for easier adjusting of the chain tension. We added TETRIX plates to the top to provide a flat surface in the center of the robot for our arm. We also added our tape measure device to the front of the robot, which was intended to get us further up the ramp. During driving practice,  the winch was able to pull us up to the high zone, but when we tried to hang, the assembly broke. Some repairs were made for the meet in order for us to be able to reach the high zone.  In addition, we revised the electronics board to save space and re-applied our flappers.

             Rank: 1st Place

Highest Alliance Score: 132

Our robot’s arm underwent the most modifications before meet #3. At our last meet, the arm fell apart because of loose connections in the tube system, so we replaced the tube with channel to provide sturdier, reliable connections. With the assistance of Jacobs Engineering, we 3D printed a claw/bucket mechanism to combine the ideas of both our arm and our old bucket. Since we could now deposit the climbers into the bucket using our new claw arm, we were able to remove our old bucket to reduce weight. By the end of the meet, our highest alliance score was 155.

             Rank: 1st Place

Highest Alliance Score: 155

This was our first large qualitfier competition of the season, and we are very proud of the end results. Before this competition, we added a carabiner to the winch hook to make sure that the winch didn't slip when grappling to the bars.  We were up against 29 other teams that were mostly veterans to FTC that we recognized from last year. We had some slight technical problems at the start, but other than that we had no major issues for the rest of the competition. At the end of the day, we ranked at an impressive 6th place out of a total of 29 teams. However, we were picked for elimination rounds and went on to grand finals, scoring at 2nd place along with teams 8821 (Alluminators) and 8838 (Scrap Metal). After the competition, we discovered that our robot could hang, but it would put the tape measure under stress.

       Rank: 6th Place Rankings & 2nd Place Elimination Rounds

           Highest Score: 161

     Awards: Inspire First Place

(Inspire is overall champion)   & Finalist Alliance Team #2

This was our competition where we would partici[ate in judging sessions along with robot runs will only the teams from our league. We were picked for elimination rounds and went on to finals, scoring at 2nd place along with team 8821 (Alluminators). We were able to hang at least 3 times that day, including a run where both teams on our alliance hung and got the all clear signal, getting the alliance a total of 272 points.

 

       Rank: 1st Place Rankings & 2nd Place Elimination Rounds

 

           Highest Score: 272

 

     Awards: Inspire Second Place    & Finalist Alliance Team #2

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Hallie Reeves Violin Lessons

This was our competition where we would participate in judging sessions along with robot runs will only the teams from our league. We were picked for elimination rounds and went on to finals, scoring at 2nd place along with team 8821 (Alluminators). We were able to hang at least 3 times that day, including a run where both teams on our alliance hung and got the all clear signal, getting the alliance a total of 272 points.

 

 

 

       Rank: 1st Place Rankings & 2nd Place Elimination Rounds

           Highest Score: 272

     Awards: Inspire Second Place

(Inspire is overall)   & Finalist Alliance Team #2

St Louis Championship