The only thing we love better than robot season is our amazing sponsors!! These fantastic people/companies help to finance our build season and we are very thankful for them!
We have one sponsor who has been with us since the beginning and this week, we'd like to extend our eternal thanks to Durr! In addition to their continuing financial support, we got some swag this year! We couldn't wait to throw on our shades and pose with this year's robot! (We also got some pens, which is awesome, because they are forever running off!)
THANK YOU, DURR!
You can't have progress without some setbacks. We've got too many jobs to do that can't be done without the other jobs being done first.
Build team is spending the whole meeting taking the robot apart and putting it back together. They build a part, change their plans, then pretty much disassemble the whole robot just to put one part on; lather, rinse, repeat.
Electronics is backpedaling as well, but at least they're catching their mistakes early. They made some mistakes putting wires together, but at least it wasn't anything unfixable. As of right now, they're mapping out the electronics board before they make any components for it.
The coding gremlins have hit a wall with making the robot driveable. They'll have to think their way out of this hole of math problems before they can get any more coding done. One a more productive note, the game elements team is just about finished with the scale! A few loose ends are being tied up and we need a wall for the robot to slide against, but other than that, we're done!
The team is working hard to keep up with our goals, and we're making great progress.
Programming is getting situated with a new gyro, and we're just cleaning things up a bit on the website!
School was cancelled today, but a good robotics team never takes a day off! The whole team is hard at work:
Our coding gremlins are battling technical difficulties with the encoders.
The game elements team is currently building walls for the scale.
Build team is designing the system that our robot will pick up power cubes with. Or, as they have taken to calling it, "picking up chicks." I'm sure it makes sense to them.
And here's us updating the website and writing this blog. Inception!
Here we are on Day 2 of build season and the team is working like maniacs!
After watching yesterday's release video, a thorough review of the rules and specs this year, and a very successful brainstorming session, the team has settled on what features this year's robot will have.
Today, TroBots are working on the belt spacing for the new robot competition chassis, reworking the test chassis (so it mirrors the competition chassis), creating the intake elevator/belt system to move the cubes, repairing and installing programs on some of our laptops, and building our practice scale base so our robot has something to climb.
As of yesterday's kickoff, there were 3,652 teams in 27 countries! Competition should be fast and furious this year...we can't wait until our first meet on March 9 & 10... Stay tuned for more updates!
At our meeting on 10/21, we got a lot of stuff accomplished! Read on to find out more... :)
The Pit Design is completed! We ordered the parts and set up the 8x8 frame today. We ordered some extra parts for the 10x10 version and they are on the way! Great work, J and Mr. F!!
We also brought in the recycle bins from the football fields today - a big thank you to A, B, C, and Mrs. S!!
Our tool chest 'redesign' is coming along nicely! This week, we got the tabletop screwed on. Next is some shelving in the center...this extra storage and counter space is going to be so helpful in the pits this year! Thanks to N, G, and Mr. S!
See you all next week!
The TroBots recently visited local business Thomson Reuters for their TRTA technology unconference! Alongside the Dexter Dreadbots, we showed off our 2017 robot, spoke with lots and lots of people, and had an overall great time!! Check out the photos below!
See Thomson Reuters Instagram for a video of us in action (we're the red robot!).
See Thomson Reuters Facebook for more photos.
UPDATE!! The two matches we played in the semi-finals are currently the highest scored matches out of all the matches in the entire country!! Woohoo!! Way to go, TroBots!!!!
What a competition! We had ups! We had downs! We had even bigger and better ups!
Mechanical issues plagued our robot (affectionately known as 'Codbot') at the start of the meet and had us all the way down in 40th - last! - place. Once they were under control, we were able to start climbing the ranks again and ended the day in 24th place.
Saturday was a great day for us - Friday's troubles were a thing of the past and we sailed through the rest of our qualification matches, bringing our overall W/L to 7/5. This left us in 14th place - pretty good, when you know we were in 40th at one point on Friday!
After qualification matches are done, teams line up for Alliance selection. The top 8 teams are captains and each gets to choose 2 other teams to compete through quarter/semi/and finals. Being in 14th place, we were really hoping to be picked! Sadly, we were not and it seemed our competition season was over.
BUT: the top 4 or 5 teams that aren't chosen are asked to stay close and be ready, in case a robot in the playoffs breaks and is not able to continue. As the #1 backup robot, if any playoff robot had a failure, we would be called up to take their place.
And with only a few minutes notice, your TroBots were called into action! We filled in for Team 244 on the #4 Alliance, along with Teams 2611 and 302 for the semi-finals. Teams play best of 3 matches; the winner moves on to the finals. We won the first 2 matches (447-445 and 452-445), so we made it to the finals!
We lost our first match 312-287, but won the second 261-241. The final match of the day was fast, loud, and furious! (See the video below!) Our mighty Codbot got stuck on some of the whiffle balls and was knocked off by our partners 2611, who then sadly got stuck on the same balls. This lost 10-15 seconds meant we lost the match 272-262. But even still, we ended up in 2nd place! We're event finalists!!
We won't know for another couple of weeks if we've earned enough points to qualify for the State Championship in Saginaw, as there are still 2 other weeks of competition for other teams. Right now, we're in 115th place in the State (out of 451 teams), so we're hoping we get to go!
We are so, so proud of our TroBots! These robot-filled weekends take a lot of energy and a lot of stamina and they did a really great job! Even when we were on the bottom of the barrel, they kept their positive attitudes and just focused on the next match and keeping their spirits up. Way to go, TroBots!!