We are officially qualified for district championships

We are ranked 25th out of 132 in the CHS district. This weekend we competed at the Central Maryland District event and finished raked 15th and nearly moved into the finals against the number 1 seeded alliance. That’s the good news.  the bad news is that we need to earn nearly 8 points to earn a slot to championships.  Going to need to do some serious heavy lifting this event to make up that differential. Congrats to all of the winners.

Award Winner
District Chairman’s Award 1629
District Engineering Inspiration Award 836
Rookie All Star Award 5945
District Event Winner 836
District Event Winner 1629
District Event Winner 3941
District Event Finalist 1137
District Event Finalist 4067
District Event Finalist 686
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 686
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 2199
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi 1389
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 612
Highest Rookie Seed 5945
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen 2377
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors 1137
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories 5830
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation 888
Judges’ Award 1123
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation 623
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments 5936
Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation 5979

 

Also a big shout out to FIRST Chesapeake, FIRST action, Americore Vistas, volunteers, FRC team 1111 the Powerhawks and all of the sponsors for making this weekend possible.  Your efforts, energy and treasure are changing the world and we can’t wait to see you again in 2 weeks.

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This weekend was a great learning experience on a few fronts.

  • We learned about how our robot performs from a mechanical consistency perspective as it relates to shooting.  We made some small tweeks and were able to get our shooter fairly mechanically consistent.
  • We learned that manual targeting is not really viable for winning matches.  If we really want to use high goal shooting in any real way we will need target assist or auto targeting.
  • We learned how to get 20 point auton working.  We just have a few more tweeks to make and it should be ready for prime time at district champs.
  • We learned about more auton modes.  We made 6 new auton modes this weekend and should have a few more auton modes ready to go once once we get the Navx IMU integrated.
  • We learned about our need for speed.  Currently our robot is speed limited to help with driving.  We are going to start increasing the speed to help us get to where were need to be faster.
  • We learned we are ok at defense.  We played defense a few rounds in our attempt to beat the robobees, and are planning to avoid that in the future.
  • We learned that our drive train needed a little TLC.  So we did a complete inspection of the drive train and made some repairs at the end of the weekend.
  • We learned how to integrate 2 cameras onto the robot.  So we now have 2 cameras mounted and usable by the drivers.
  • We learned about the importance of centering the ball in the intake before taking a high goal shot.  So we added an IR sensor to the intake to help with ball centering and created ball centering functionality.

 

Here are all of the videos we have from the weekend.

 

Here is our plan for the next two weeks.

  • Vision code – started

    • Auto targeting – not started
    • Targeting assist – not started
  • Auton code
    • 20 pt auton – started
    • 15 pt auton – started
    • integrate NavX – started
    • defense reset – started
  • Main code part 3 – started
  • Competition documents part 3 – not started
    • Tech Journal part 3 – not started
    • Judges Packet part 3 – not started
    • 1 sheeter part 3 – not started
    • Pit Video part 3 – not started
    • Bill of Materials part 3- not started
  • Pre-competition scouting part 3 – started
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey part 3 – started
  • Climber pushed to world champs
  • organize pit not started
  • Identify parts we need to order not started

 

All high goals, all the time

That was the plan for the weekend, and we have learned a lot about our robot, our drive team and our code in the process.  Each match this weekend is allowing us to take one step closer to 4 high goals per match.  We are doing this to get as ready as possible for the district champs coming up in two weeks, where we will compete to earn a spot to St Louise.  So far this weekend we have made 13 high goals out of nearly 30 attempts.  This is not exactly the accuracy we are looking for yet, but we are going to make some changes tomorrow to improve that.

Because we are not pursuing a strategy that nets us the max ranking points per match, we not ranked as highly this event.  We are currently ranked 22nd and have 3 more matches in the morning.  The hope is that we get picked for eliminations and make it to the semi finals, so that we earn near 50 district points and finish in the top 10-15 in the district.

 

Here are the matches from day 1.

Loaded in

We loaded in to our Edgewater event today and were the 4th to complete inspection and the first to hit the practice field.  Once we were there we never left, we just kept working on our high goal shooting and had mixed success with our newest arm. Oh did we forget to mention we made a new arm, yeah we made a new arm and it is a bit better in some ways and has introduced mechanical variability in a way we had not expected.  So now we are trying to find the right combination of mods to make it more reliable. Once we have that done high goals should be pretty easy for us.

 

 

We also learned about a cool new way to tranfer power using flexable shafts from S.S. white.  Check this out.

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2 days till our event in Edgewater Maryland

In 2 days the Walt Whitman Robotics Team goes on its first road trip of 2016, we hope its the first of three, but that depends on how well we do this weekend.  In any case, here is who we are going to see this weekend.

Team Number Team Name Location First event results
53 Area 53 Greenbelt, Maryland, USA Rank:32,  Ranking points:10,  Auto:174, Scale/challenge:85, Goals:46, Defense:465, win/loss/tie: 2-10-0
612 Chantilly Robotics Chantilly, Virginia, USA Rank:6,  Ranking points:26,  Auto:173, Scale/challenge:125, Goals:58, Defense:520, win/loss/tie: 9-3-0, OPR:24.53

Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation

614 Night Hawks Alexandria, Virginia, USA Rank:27,  Ranking points:14,  Auto:94, Scale/challenge:65, Goals:44, Defense:415, win/loss/tie: 5-7-0

Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

623 Cougar Robotics Vienna, Virginia, USA Rank:4,  Ranking points:27,  Auto:66, Scale/challenge:145, Goals:50, Defense:480, win/loss/tie: 10-2-0, OPR:21.88

Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation

686 Bovine Intervention Frederick, Maryland, USA Rank:7,  Ranking points:22,  Auto:189, Scale/challenge:95, Goals:84, Defense:465, win/loss/tie: 7-3-0, OPR:26.95

District Event Finalist
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories

836 The RoboBees Leonardtown, Maryland, USA Rank:4,  Ranking points:24,  Auto:224, Scale/challenge:115, Goals:96, Defense:49, win/loss/tie: 7-2-1, OPR:35.94

District Event Winner
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

888 Robotiators Glenelg, Maryland, USA Rank:8,  Ranking points:23,  Auto:142, Scale/challenge:140, Goals:58, Defense:485, win/loss/tie: 7-5-0, OPR:22.36
1123 AIM Robotics Lorton, Virginia, USA Rank:21,  Ranking points:17,  Auto:160, Scale/challenge:95, Goals:17, Defense:395, win/loss/tie: 6-4-0
1137 Rocket Sauce Mathews, Virginia, USA Rank:5,  Ranking points:28,  Auto:208, Scale/challenge:125, Goals:72, Defense:570, win/loss/tie: 8-4-0
1389 The Body Electric Bethesda, Maryland, USA Rank:6,  Ranking points:23,  Auto:171, Scale/challenge:70, Goals:41, Defense:475, win/loss/tie: 7-2-1

Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

1629 Garrett Coalition (GaCo) Accident, Maryland, USA Rank:5,  Ranking points:26,  Auto:188, Scale/challenge:125, Goals:95, Defense:565, win/loss/tie: 8-4-0, OPR:35.24

District Engineering Inspiration Award
District Event Finalist

1793 The Pilots Norfolk, Virginia, USA Rank:26,  Ranking points:14,  Auto:242, Scale/challenge:110, Goals:33, Defense:550, win/loss/tie: 4-8-0, OPR:24.48
1829 Carbonauts Onancock, Virginia, USA Rank:11,  Ranking points:24,  Auto:209, Scale/challenge:120, Goals:68, Defense:530, win/loss/tie: 7-4-0, OPR:22.86
1915 MTHS Firebird Robotics Washington, District of Columbia, USA Rank:27,  Ranking points:11,  Auto:130, Scale/challenge:65, Goals:32, Defense:350, win/loss/tie: 3-6-1
2199 Robo-Lions Eldersburg, Maryland, USA Rank:14,  Ranking points:16,  Auto:116, Scale/challenge:90, Goals:24, Defense:390, win/loss/tie: 6-4-0

District Engineering Inspiration Award

2377 C Company Pasadena, Maryland, USA Rank:24,  Ranking points:18,  Auto:138, Scale/challenge:115, Goals:66, Defense:495, win/loss/tie: 6-6-0

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

2421 RTR Team Robotics Springfield, Virginia, USA Rank:32,  Ranking points:9,  Auto:136, Scale/challenge:80, Goals:56, Defense:370, win/loss/tie: 3-8-1

District Event Winner

2528 RoboDoves Baltimore, Maryland, USA Rank:5,  Ranking points:27,  Auto:268, Scale/challenge:130, Goals:117, Defense:600, win/loss/tie: 8-3-1, OPR:25.58
2900 The Mighty Penguins Washington, District of Columbia, USA Rank:25,  Ranking points:12,  Auto:190, Scale/challenge:70, Goals:31, Defense:405, win/loss/tie: 4-5-1, OPR:21.89
2912 Panthers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2961 Crimson Tide Engineers Washington, District of Columbia, USA missed first event
2963 AnaDroids Washington, District of Columbia, USA Rank:28,  Ranking points:11,  Auto:102, Scale/challenge:60, Goals:12, Defense:305, win/loss/tie: 3-3-1
2964 Robopanthers Washington, District of Columbia, USA Rank:39,  Ranking points:4,  Auto:86, Scale/challenge:35, Goals:12, Defense:255, win/loss/tie: 1-5-0
3389 RoboSpectrum Salisbury, Maryland, USA Rank:14,  Ranking points:21,  Auto:247, Scale/challenge:180, Goals:57, Defense:600, win/loss/tie: 6-6-0, OPR:29.42
3714 SOAR (Students of Applied Robotics) Springdale, MD, USA First event
3793 CyberTitans Frederick, Maryland, USA Rank:26,  Ranking points:12,  Auto:149, Scale/challenge:60, Goals:27, Defense:390, win/loss/tie: 4-6-0
3941 Absolute Zero Electricity (AZE) Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA Rank:25,  Ranking points:16,  Auto:174, Scale/challenge:115, Goals:64, Defense:555, win/loss/tie: 4-8-0
4067 The Incredible Hawk Clarksville, Maryland, USA Rank:23,  Ranking points:18,  Auto:168, Scale/challenge:105, Goals:41, Defense:515, win/loss/tie: 5-6-1
4137 Wilde Bunch Columbia, Maryland, USA Rank:31,  Ranking points:12,  Auto:200, Scale/challenge:105, Goals:6, Defense:505, win/loss/tie: 3-9-0
4505 McDonogh Eagle Robotics Owings Mills, Maryland, USA Rank:7,  Ranking points:26,  Auto:160, Scale/challenge:140, Goals:72, Defense:510, win/loss/tie: 9-3-0, OPR:30.13
4514 Calvert STEAM Works Huntingtown, Maryland, USA Rank:24,  Ranking points:13,  Auto:132, Scale/challenge:70, Goals:57, Defense:355, win/loss/tie: 4-6-0

District Event Finalist

4821 Team Vulcan Washington, District of Columbia, USA Rank:20,  Ranking points:14,  Auto:125, Scale/challenge:65, Goals:21, Defense:375, win/loss/tie: 5-5-0

District Event Winner

4949 Robo Panthers Riverdale, Maryland, USA Rank:33,  Ranking points:9,  Auto:85, Scale/challenge:40, Goals:25, Defense:255, win/loss/tie: 2-4-1
5106 High Impact Technologies Sunderland, Maryland, USA Rank:29,  Ranking points:12,  Auto:246, Scale/challenge:125, Goals:94, Defense:540, win/loss/tie: 3-9-0
5338 RoboLoCo Leesburg, Virginia, USA Rank:16,  Ranking points:19,  Auto:180, Scale/challenge:105, Goals:33, Defense:495, win/loss/tie: 7-5-0, OPR:23.50

District Event Finalist

5830 The Irrational Engineers Lanham, MD, USA Rank:35,  Ranking points:8,  Auto:92, Scale/challenge:60, Goals:8, Defense:295, win/loss/tie: 3-6-0

Rookie All Star Award

5936 TigerBots Hanover, MD, USA Rank:14,  Ranking points:23,  Auto:196, Scale/challenge:110, Goals:53, Defense:495, win/loss/tie: 7-4-0
5945 Hackground Fulton, MD, USA Rank:33,  Ranking points:8,  Auto:218, Scale/challenge:115, Goals:61, Defense:485, win/loss/tie: 2-10-0

Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments

5979 Apex Columbia, MD, USA Rank:18,  Ranking points:15,  Auto:108, Scale/challenge:70, Goals:24, Defense:295, win/loss/tie: 5-3-0

Highest Rookie Seed

6213 Team Quantum Bowie, Maryland, USA Rank:34,  Ranking points:8,  Auto:180, Scale/challenge:110, Goals:68, Defense:445, win/loss/tie: 2-9-0

 

Here is where we are status wise

  • Vision code – complete
  • Main code part 2 – complete
  • Strategy part 2 – complete
  • Scouting system part 2 – complete
  • Communication system part 2 – complete
  • Competition documents part 2 complete

    • Tech Journal part 2 – started
    • Judges Packet part 2 – started
    • 1 sheeter part 2 – started
    • Pit Video part 2 – started
    • Chairman’s presentation part 2 – started
    • Bill of Materials part 2started
  • Pre-competition scouting part 2 – complete
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey part 2 – started
  • Climber pushed to after second event
  • Defensive Cheescake – not started
  • Refurbish robot cart not started (lost new cart at competition, need to start again)
  • Paint Pit – pushed to after second event
  • Upgraded alpha turret and arm – complete
  • Fix bumpers – complete
  • Add camera mounts and two cameras – started
  • Identify parts we need to order – complete
  • Organize pit – complete
  • Score in auton code – started
  • integrate NavX – started

We are 15th in the district after our first event

The team earns district points at each of the first two districts we attend.  The top 60 teams in the district after week 5 will be invited to attend the district championship.  As long as we perform at the same level or better at our next event things look good for us to be invited to the district championships….No Pressure, No pressure at all.

You can find the official district rankings here.

At the first district we learned we can defeat the following defenses

  • Low bar
  • A defenses
    • Cheval De Frise
    • Portcullis
  • B defenses
    • Ramparts
  • D defenses
    • Rough Terrain
    • Rock Wall

We also learned that we can score 4 low goal cycles pretty consistently if we can see. We did as many as 6 in practice, but it is way easier to see.  In addition, we learned we can shoot high goals consistently from the batter in practice, but were unable to demonstrate that on the field. Lastly, we learned getting 10 points in autonomous was fairly easy for us.

Next we looked at the data from the first 3 district events to see what we should focus on that could have the biggest impact.

CHS District – Northern Virginia Event 2016

Qualification

Defense Statistics

Defense # Damaged # Opportunities % Success
Low Bar 131 156 83.97%
A Cheval De Frise 42 86 48.84%
Portcullis 39 70 55.71%
B Ramparts 65 90 72.22%
Moat 47 66 71.21%
C Sally Port 22 97 22.68%
Drawbridge 11 59 18.64%
D Rough Terrain 54 60 90.00%
Rock Wall 65 96 67.71%
Total Breaches 72 156 46.15%

Tower Statistics

Item Count # Opportunities % Success
Challenges 210 468 44.87%
Scales 15 468 3.21%
Captures 0 156 0.00%

Match Statistics

Average Low Goals 1.31
Average High Goals 0.19
High Score 94 in Q57
Average Match Score 53.12
Average Winning Score 63.45
Average Win Margin 20.67
Average Auto Score 12.11
Average Teleop Crossing Score 27.79
Average Teleop Boulder Score 3.51
Average Teleop Tower Score 8.17
Average Foul Score 1.54

Playoff

Defense Statistics

Defense # Damaged # Opportunities % Success
Low Bar 31 32 96.88%
A Cheval De Frise 23 24 95.83%
Portcullis 8 8 100.00%
B Ramparts 13 13 100.00%
Moat 18 19 94.74%
C Sally Port 11 27 40.74%
Drawbridge 1 5 20.00%
D Rough Terrain 6 6 100.00%
Rock Wall 26 26 100.00%
Total Breaches 30 32 93.75%

Tower Statistics

Item Count # Opportunities % Success
Challenges 64 96 66.67%
Scales 9 96 9.38%
Captures 3 32 9.38%

Match Statistics

Average Low Goals 3.69
Average High Goals 0.88
High Score 164 in SF1-2
Average Match Score 107.41
Average Winning Score 117.12
Average Win Margin 19.44
Average Auto Score 21.47
Average Teleop Crossing Score 34.22
Average Teleop Boulder Score 11.69
Average Teleop Tower Score 14.22
Average Foul Score 4.69

 

CHS District – Greater DC Event 2016

Qualification

Defense Statistics

Defense # Damaged # Opportunities % Success
Low Bar 114 130 87.69%
A Cheval De Frise 33 87 37.93%
Portcullis 25 43 58.14%
B Ramparts 56 68 82.35%
Moat 39 62 62.90%
C Sally Port 27 76 35.53%
Drawbridge 8 54 14.81%
D Rough Terrain 21 22 95.45%
Rock Wall 78 108 72.22%
Total Breaches 65 130 50.00%

Tower Statistics

Item Count # Opportunities % Success
Challenges 181 390 46.41%
Scales 10 390 2.56%
Captures 1 130 0.77%

Match Statistics

Average Low Goals 1.11
Average High Goals 0.18
High Score 121 in Q20
Average Match Score 55.18
Average Winning Score 67.14
Average Win Margin 23.92
Average Auto Score 14.45
Average Teleop Crossing Score 27.04
Average Teleop Boulder Score 2.99
Average Teleop Tower Score 8.12
Average Foul Score 2.58

Playoff

Defense Statistics

Defense # Damaged # Opportunities % Success
Low Bar 33 34 97.06%
A Cheval De Frise 20 27 74.07%
Portcullis 6 7 85.71%
B Ramparts 15 16 93.75%
Moat 17 18 94.44%
C Sally Port 12 21 57.14%
Drawbridge 4 13 30.77%
D Rough Terrain 8 8 100.00%
Rock Wall 25 26 96.15%
Total Breaches 30 34 88.24%

Tower Statistics

Item Count # Opportunities % Success
Challenges 75 102 73.53%
Scales 5 102 4.90%
Captures 2 34 5.88%

Match Statistics

Average Low Goals 4.26
Average High Goals 0.26
High Score 155 in F2
Average Match Score 100.59
Average Winning Score 113.59
Average Win Margin 26.00
Average Auto Score 26.32
Average Teleop Crossing Score 30.00
Average Teleop Boulder Score 9.56
Average Teleop Tower Score 13.24
Average Foul Score 2.35

 

CHS District – Southwest Virginia Event 2016

Qualification

Defense Statistics

Defense # Damaged # Opportunities % Success
Low Bar 123 136 90.44%
A Cheval De Frise 50 93 53.76%
Portcullis 29 43 67.44%
B Ramparts 55 72 76.39%
Moat 52 64 81.25%
C Sally Port 27 92 29.35%
Drawbridge 10 44 22.73%
D Rough Terrain 33 36 91.67%
Rock Wall 87 100 87.00%
Total Breaches 87 136 63.97%

Tower Statistics

Item Count # Opportunities % Success
Challenges 224 408 54.90%
Scales 4 408 0.98%
Captures 1 136 0.74%

Match Statistics

Average Low Goals 1.28
Average High Goals 1.05
High Score 127 in Q38
Average Match Score 64.78
Average Winning Score 76.25
Average Win Margin 22.94
Average Auto Score 17.96
Average Teleop Crossing Score 28.31
Average Teleop Boulder Score 7.56
Average Teleop Tower Score 8.68
Average Foul Score 2.28

Playoff

Defense Statistics

Defense # Damaged # Opportunities % Success
Low Bar 31 32 96.88%
A Cheval De Frise 21 21 100.00%
Portcullis 11 11 100.00%
B Ramparts 14 14 100.00%
Moat 18 18 100.00%
C Sally Port 9 29 31.03%
Drawbridge 1 3 33.33%
D Rough Terrain 1 1 100.00%
Rock Wall 30 31 96.77%
Total Breaches 31 32 96.88%

Tower Statistics

Item Count # Opportunities % Success
Challenges 71 96 73.96%
Scales 6 96 6.25%
Captures 3 32 9.38%

Match Statistics

Average Low Goals 2.84
Average High Goals 2.06
High Score 148 in QF1-1
Average Match Score 109.34
Average Winning Score 117.06
Average Win Margin 15.44
Average Auto Score 25.38
Average Teleop Crossing Score 30.78
Average Teleop Boulder Score 15.69
Average Teleop Tower Score 13.91
Average Foul Score 1.88

 

Our big take aways from all off of this data;

  • If you can increase your average qualification match score by 15 pts you will be guaranteed to win every match
    • We plan to add low goal scoring to our auton
    • We plan to try and hit2 high goal shots per match
  • If we can find a fast way to beat the Cheval De Frise and Sally Port defenses we will make breaching easier in most matches and leave us more time as an alliance to score boulders
    • We plan to add a light to the front of the robot to align with the Sally Port
    • We plan on using more cameras to help us align combined with more practice to get faster at completing the Cheval De Frise faster
  • Don’t ever pick the drawbridge as one of your defenses it hurts both alliances significantly
    • We plan to never pick the drawbridge
  • Capturing the tower in playoff is critical
    • We plan add a camera to help us align with the tower for both high goal and low goal shots
    • We plan to practice low and high goal cycles significantly in our open back time.
  • Scaling is worth the points
    • We plan to renew our efforts to add a climber to the robot by district championship
      • This may mean we remove the turret from the robot

Could you call your elected officials about robotics today

If you have not taken the time to contact your county council members and Maryland state political leaders in support of robotics, please take some time today!!! There are two Big Initiatives in the works for Robotics in Maryland and we need your help to make our voices heard!!!!

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Please take the time to reach out to our elected officials so we can help grow robotics!

 

Our Event in two weeks

In a week and half the team will be competing at the CHS District – Central Maryland Event.   This event will take place Mar 24-26, 2016 in Edgewater, MD. The team list for this event also looks like it is near complete.  This event will not be any easier than our week 2 event. We will see 16 teams for the second time and for nearly every team at the event this will be their second competition.

Team Number Team Name Location
53 Area 53 Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
612 Chantilly Robotics Chantilly, Virginia, USA
614 Night Hawks Alexandria, Virginia, USA
615 Knights Washington, District of Columbia, USA
623 Cougar Robotics Vienna, Virginia, USA
686 Bovine Intervention Frederick, Maryland, USA
836 The RoboBees Leonardtown, Maryland, USA
1123 AIM Robotics Lorton, Virginia, USA
1137 Rocket Sauce Mathews, Virginia, USA
1389 The Body Electric Bethesda, Maryland, USA
1629 Garrett Coalition (GaCo) Accident, Maryland, USA
1793 The Pilots Norfolk, Virginia, USA
1829 Carbonauts Onancock, Virginia, USA
1915 MTHS Firebird Robotics Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2199 Robo-Lions Eldersburg, Maryland, USA
2377 C Company Pasadena, Maryland, USA
2421 RTR Team Robotics Springfield, Virginia, USA
2528 RoboDoves Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2900 The Mighty Penguins Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2912 Panthers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2961 Crimson Tide Engineers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2964 Robopanthers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
3389 RoboSpectrum Salisbury, Maryland, USA
3714 SOAR (Students of Applied Robotics) Springdale, MD, USA
3793 CyberTitans Frederick, Maryland, USA
3941 Absolute Zero Electricity (AZE) Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA
4067 The Incredible Hawk Clarksville, Maryland, USA
4505 McDonogh Eagle Robotics Owings Mills, Maryland, USA
4514 Calvert STEAM Works Huntingtown, Maryland, USA
4821 Team Vulcan Washington, District of Columbia, USA
4949 Robo Panthers Riverdale, Maryland, USA
5106 High Impact Technologies Sunderland, Maryland, USA
5338 RoboLoCo Leesburg, Virginia, USA
5830 The Irrational Engineers Lanham, MD, USA
5936 TigerBots Hanover, MD, USA
5945 Hackground Fulton, MD, USA
5979 Apex Columbia, MD, USA

Here are some details about that event

LUNCH PRE-ORDER:
There is now a pre-order form teams can use if they wish to put in their orders prior to their arrival at the event.  The link is:
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kdCEl_IH7_y-grv0IRssSvPK7QutAKMZCRXiAxPWsiw/viewform>
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kdCEl_IH7_y-grv0IRssSvPK7QutAKMZCRXiAxPWsiw/viewform
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kdCEl_IH7_y-grv0IRssSvPK7QutAKMZCRXiAxPWsiw/viewform>

PIT CEILING HEIGHT
The majority of the pit area has limited ceiling height of 8′-9′.  Teams are advised that they will not be able to extend pit displays all the way up to the 10′ limit.  Please plan accordingly.  Also, please be aware that there is limited cell reception in the school building.

PARKING
There will be a lacrosse workshop in the athletic fields while the event is occuring.  Parking will be limited.  Reminder that there is additional parking available at Central Middle School , the Center of Applied Technology, or Central Elementary School which are all very close.  Teams and visitors should not park on the residential streets across from the school or they are likely to get towed.

CONSENT FORMS FOR FIRST CHESAPEAKE – REQUIRED
Remember to bring any paper FIRST Consent forms as well as a print copy of the team roster.  In addition to the FIRST Consent form, a FIRST Chesapeake Consent form is required by VirginiaFIRST’s Insurance Company.  This form MUST be printed/completed for each person (no on-line version available).  One form per person for the season – to be turned in at the first event at pit admin.
http://www.firstchesapeake.org/images/downloads/2016/VirginiaFIRST_Consent_and_Release.pdf

FIRST STOP:
Please feel free to distribute the FIRST Stop invitation to any potential visitors.  Registration is recommended but not required.  Link to FIRST Stop invitation:
https://www.firstchesapeake.org/images/downloads/2016/firststop/Invitation_2016_Central_MD.pdf

We are still looking for more student ambassadors to provide the tours for FIRST Stop visitors.  Training will take place 9:00 am on Saturday morning.  Ambassadors are to report to the FIRST Stop welcome table.  Interested students should be signed up here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xA8jBahOnVUYn_jAsu73oCIdRxoDGwxLlpz-eVSb4lQ/viewform?usp=send_form

NATIONAL ANTHEM SING
Student singers will sing the National Anthem for both Saturday and Sunday opening ceremonies.  Practice will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday.  Students should meet at the FIRST Stop welcome table.  Mentors should register interested students here:
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Thursday – LOAD-IN AND INSPECTION
Teams are reminded that the pits will be open from 6-10 PM on Thursday evening.  The priority for all teams should be to complete inspection that evening.  Time is very limited on Friday morning for inspection (just 2.5 hours) and the wait list for inspectors can get quite long if teams don’t utilize the Thursday hours efficiently.  The goal is to make sure no team misses a match but we need your help to make that happen.

Please take some time to review the bumper rules and use any remaining robot access time this week to resolve any issues your robot may have.  Also take some time to make sure you have the latest updates for your control system<https://wpilib.screenstepslive.com/s/4485/m/13503/l/305566-current-software-revisions>.

SAFETY GLASSES
Reminder to bring safety glasses for all your team members.  Safety glasses are required in the pit area, practice field, and on the field.  This includes Friday evening since the pits will be open with robot work going on.

WEBCAST
The event will be webcast.  You can access the webcast from this link:  http://livestream.com/LeeHartman/centralMDEvent

GOOD GUESTS OF THE VENUE
FIRST Chesapeake is a guest at South River High School and we want to do everything we can to be good guests.  Please make sure that your team cleans up after themselves in the pit, stands, and eating areas.  No food is to be brought into the gym.  Remind your students that they are not to wander the halls or enter rooms not being used for the FIRST Robotics event.

We have a plan

Tonight we met to go over our performance last weekend. Lots of great insights into where the team did well and where we can improve.  We also went through the schedule for the next week and identified our priority list of things to do.

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Here is what we need to get done

  • Vision code – pushed to after second event
  • Main code part 2 – started
  • Strategy part 2 – not started
  • Scouting system part 2 – not started
  • Communication system part 2 – not started
  • Competition documents part 2 – not started
    • Tech Journal part 2 – not started
    • Judges Packet part 2 – not started
    • 1 sheeter part 2 – not started
    • Pit Video part 2 – not started
    • Chairman’s presentation part 2 – not started
    • Bill of Materials part 2- not started
  • Pre-competition scouting part 2 – started
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey part 2 – started
  • Climber pushed to after second event
  • Defensive Cheescake – not started
  • Refurbish robot cart not started (lost new cart at competition, need to start again)
  • Paint Pit – pushed to after second event
  • Upgraded alpha turret and arm – not started
  • Fix bumpers – started
  • Add camera mounts and two cameras – started
  • Identify parts we need to order – Complete
  • Organize pit – not started
  • Score in auton code – started
  • integrate NavX – started

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Review and planning meeting today at 4:30 pm

Today the team will go over what went well, what did not go so well, what we need to change and what we want to do more of so that at the next competition in Edgwater in a week and a half we see improvements. we will also ask everyone if they want to do something different at the event, would they like to try a different role.

We are also going to announce a policy change for the team, for every event going forward all students will get a minimum of two days off prior to and after each event to make time available to study.  This means our stop work day for the Edgwater event in March 23rd.

Since we did not meet yesterday the list of things to do has not changed much, but we have added a few hings

  • Vision code – started
  • Main code part 2 – started
  • Strategy part 2 – not started
  • Scouting system part 2 – not started
  • Awards part 2 – not started
    • Chairman’s video part 2 – not started
  • Competition documents part 2 – not started
    • Tech Journal part 2 – not started
    • Judges Packet part 2 – not started
    • 1 sheeter part 2 – not started
    • Pit Video part 2 – not started
    • Chairman’s presentation part 2 – not started
    • Bill of Materials part 2- not started
  • Pre-competition scouting part 2 – started
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey part 2 – started
  • Climber pushed to after second event
  • Defensive Cheescake – not started
  • Refurbish robot cart not started (lost new cart at competition, need to start again)
  • Paint Pit – pushed to after first event
  • Upgraded alpha turret and arm – not started
  • Fix bumpers – started
  • Add camera mounts and two cameras – started
  • identify parts we need to order – not started

 

 

Winners from our event last weekend

Congrats to all of the winners from last weekend.

Award Winner
District Chairman’s Award 1885
District Engineering Inspiration Award 2199
Rookie All Star Award 5830
District Event Winner 2912
District Event Winner 1418
District Event Winner 836
District Event Winner 4821
District Event Finalist 4514
District Event Finalist 5587
District Event Finalist 686
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 836
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 2537
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi 1389
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 686
Highest Rookie Seed 5979
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen 4945
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors 1418
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories 686
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation 4099
Judges’ Award 2914
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation 4242
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments 5841
Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation 449

Here is the last match of the night