Central Maryland District Event 2017

After 14 years, team 1389 has finally won an event!!!

The team was prepared for this event. The robot was tweaked. The awards team was on top of their game and the drivers had tasted the finals and were ready to try and get that blue banner.  But, the weekend started off a bit rocky.  The robot was not performing up to snuff for the first 3 matches.  But, the team rebounded and started to get the some wins.  And these wins were sweeter than those two weeks earlier because we were doing the caring.  The team went from 3 gears per match to 5 gears per match.  But then we started to trip on Sunday morning. What should have been 3 big wins turned out to be 2 wins and a loss, putting us in 13th place at the end of qualifications.

We knew we were going to be in eliminations since we were the only robot with a consistent gear pickup at the event.  And sure enough, we were picked up by the 5th seed alliance as their 1st pick.  First we knocked out the 4th seed, then the 8th seed and wow….we were in the finals again before we knew it.  On top of that, we had figured out how to score fuel for the first time, so now we were doing 4 gears, 1 KPA and a climb.  And that is exactly what we did for two big wins in the finals.  The team had finally won an event for the first time in its history.

Thanks to 1111 and all of the volunteers for making this weekend happen.  And congrats to all of the award winners;

Award Winner
District Chairman’s Award 2537
District Engineering Inspiration Award 5243
Rookie All Star Award 6326
District Event Winner 5115
District Event Winner 1389
District Event Winner 2534
District Event Finalist 449
District Event Finalist 2421
District Event Finalist 6239
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 4541
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 1389
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi 3650
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 686
Highest Rookie Seed 6326
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen 2377
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors 4505
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation 1123
Judges’ Award 1915
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation 619
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments 6504
Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories 6239
Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation 6239

Here are some match videos from the weekend

Greater DC district Event 2017

3 weeks ago the team hosted the 2nd greater DC district event at Walt Whitman high school.  We set up the field in record time thanks to the folks at ilite who left so much of the field assembled after their week 1 assembly debacle. The weekend started of with some setbacks on the field as the team worked to repair the robot after nearly every match.  However, much to our good fortune our schedule kept providing wins because our alliance partners were able to carry us. This all changed as the weekend went on, our robot’s technical challenges were quickly fading and we started to figure out how to drive around the field and manipulate the game pieces.

Because of the good fortune, we ended up in 13 and were picked by the 8th seeded alliance captain.  As we started eliminations it became evident that we had a winning team, we knocked off the 1st seeded alliance, then the 4th seed and before we knew it we were one win away from winning. And that is when the bottom dropped out, literally, the entire bottom of our robot fell out during the 2nd finals match. We were replaced by a back up robot for the 3rd match of the finals.  And for 3 seconds it looked liked our alliance won, then our new alliance partner’s locking mechanism failed and they fell back to the floor.

All weekend was amazing.  nearly 3,000 people stopped by to check out FRC and we hosted a Jr FLL event as well.  Thanks to everyone who helped make the weekend possible!!!!

Congrats to the following teams;

Award Winner
District Chairman’s Award 1885
District Engineering Inspiration Award 1111
Rookie All Star Award 6543
District Event Winner 4242
District Event Winner 1885
District Event Winner 102
District Event Finalist 2849
District Event Finalist 5338
District Event Finalist 3650
District Event Finalist 1389
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 1719
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 422
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi 2912
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 888
Highest Rookie Seed 6543
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen 5338
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors 2537
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation 449
Judges’ Award 4242
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation 4514
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments 6504
Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories 4638
Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation 5243

 

Here are some of the matches from the weekend

We Love Rules!!!

Today we spent hours pouring over the rules of the 2017 FRC game SteamWorks released today.  It was a bit dry at time but we made it through.  However, we still have many more hours of reading and re-reading the rules ahead of us…WOOO HOOO!!!!

We also brain stormed all of the ways teams may play the game.  We broke it down by District, District Championship and Division Championship events. Now we have to test our assumptions and get ready for strategy / design lockin next weekend.

FRC 2017 Game Details

Here we go. The 2016 2017 FRC season them has been announced. The Name of the Game is Steam Works. Check out the Game reveal video below.

Grab your goggles and start a team today!

Be part of the more than 3,400 teams in 2017 comprised of 85,000 students and their adult Mentors from around the world who will prepare to take flight in FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM.

FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind,TM where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 – 18/grades 9 – 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.

Teams work together and build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult Mentors. Teams then compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at more than 140 events worldwide – all leading up to the 2017 FIRST® Championships April 19 – 22 in Houston, TX and April 26 – 29 in St. Louis, MO.

The hardest fun you’ll ever have has its rewards!

Participating FIRST Robotics Competition students are eligible to apply for more than $50 million in scholarships from nearly 200 colleges and universities.

FREE exclusive FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM Downloadable Content (DLC) including: Wallpapers | Ringtones | Game Logos | Team Recruitment Posters

DOWNLOAD NOW! (DLCPack1.zip) (DLCPack2.zip) (DLCPack3.zip) (Game manual)

 

Girl Power 2016

This year was our second year attending Girl Power, an all girls FRC event.  Wow, did we have some challenges, first the robot code made us go in circles for a few matches, next out intake broke and then we were not picked for eliminations. It was a rough weekend, but the team had a lot of fun and did a lot of learning.  On to getting ready for Rumble in the Road.

Thanks to the Firebirds FRC team 433 for throwing an amazing event.  We will definitely see you next year.

Girl Power 2016 is This Weekend

This weekend the team is driving all the way up to Philadelphia to compete at Girl Power 2016.

Team 433, The Firebirds, is excited to welcome you to the 7th annual girlPOWER, a female-centric FRC robotics competition. The event will be held in accordance with the rules established by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for the 2016 game “FIRST Stronghold” The official robotics season is January through April of each year, so this “off-season” event is geared toward giving students the opportunity to develop skills and confidence for the upcoming 2017 season.

Our team is the oldest continuously operated all-female robotics team in the country. One of our primary mission goals is to increase female participation in robotics in order to help motivate girls toward careers in science and technology. We feel that exposure to robotics at this age is important because girls involved in science and engineering at a young age have a higher chance of choosing a competitive career in science compared to girls with later exposure. There are several goals of the girlPOWER event:

  • Excite returning members of robotics teams in preparation for the upcoming 2017 season
  • Provide a venue for girls to drive their robot which may not be an opportunity afforded them during the competition season. This will instill and build confidence in girls to drive their robot
  • Encourage girls on existing teams to take a larger role on their teams during the regular season
  • Interest new freshmen in robotics so that they may be inclined to join the team early to get the full four-year benefit of participation
  • Expose younger children of both genders to robotics through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities with our robots.

 

girlPOWER Event Rule:

We ask that you field an ALL-GIRLS Drive Team. The boys on your team will be allowed to participate in everything EXCEPT for driving the robot and handling the robot to and from the competition area. Let’s face it; we need every member of our team (boys and girls) to succeed.

 

Robot Competition

Time Event Location Notes
8:00 AM Doors open for teams Parking lot entrance to school  
8:00 Breakfast available Cafeteria and parking lot entrance to school  
8:30 – 9:30 Practice Rounds Competition field, gymnasium Schedule to be posted morning of event
9:30 – 9:40 Drivers meeting Competition field, gymnasium One representative per team needs to attend
9:40 – 9:50 Opening Ceremonies

·         Welcome: Master of Ceremonies

·         Opening Comments

·         National anthem sung by girl

Volunteers

Competition field, gymnasium  
9:50 – 12:20 Qualifying Rounds Competition field, gymnasium Schedule to be posted morning of event
12:20 – 12:30 Picture of all participants Competition field, gymnasium  
12:30 – 12:50 Alliance selection for
Elimination Rounds
Competition field, gymnasium 4 Alliances-12 teams total
12:50 – 1:30 Lunch Cafeteria, ground floor  
1:30 – 3:00 Elimination Rounds Competition field, gymnasium  
3:00 – 3:45 Awards Ceremony Competition field, gymnasium  
3:45 – 6:00 Team departures Parking lot entrance to school  

 

Activities

Time Event Location Notes
8:00 – 11:00 Breakfast and snacks available Cafeteria and parking lot entrance to school  
8:30 – 2:30 FTC demonstration

Montgomery county Sheriff Department Bomb Squad Robot demonstration

3D printer demonstration

Fontbonne Room (ground floor) Robot Demonstrations
12:30-1:30 MAR information sessions Fine Arts Classroom Room 204
11:00 -2:30 Lunch and snacks available Cafeteria, ground floor-please purchase tickets in advance See attached menu
2:30 – 3:30 Awards Ceremony Competition field, gymnasium  

 

 

Team arrival

All teams need to arrive promptly for the event to begin on time. If a team is going to be late, contact us in advance by e-mail (firebirds433@gmail.com). For issues on the day of the event, call (215) 435-1391 (Trey Entwistle) or Tom Rossman (215) 870-5099. All arrivals and departures will be from the school’s parking lot entrance. This is on the same level as the competition arena and the pits. There will be room for teams to load and unload, but we request that teams move their vehicles as soon as they are finished so that other teams can have room to unload as well.

 

Parking

Cars: All personal vehicles may drop off passengers at the parking lot entrance of the school. Follow the lanes marked for cars after taking the driveway to the right of the school. The parking lot is across the driveway from the school’s entrance.

Cars with trailers: See above. Please park in the back of the lot, closest to the soccer field.

Buses: Follow the lanes marked for buses after taking the driveway to the right of the school. After dropping off students and equipment, personnel at the registration desk will direct you.

 

Food

Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the cafeteria on the ground floor. Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, chicken parm, veggie burgers, salad, fruit, snacks and drinks. We ask that participants refrain from taking any food or beverage into the gymnasium or auditorium.  To minimize lines, we ask that you purchase food tickets in advance of purchases in the cafeteria.  Tickets will be available at the registration table and the lower level adjacent to the cafeteria.

 

Event T-Shirts

A limited number of T-shirts from the event will be available for sale near the sign-in desk. To ensure availability in your size, please plan on purchasing early.

 

Assistance

Volunteers will be wearing event shirts and can help direct you. Girls from the Firebirds will also be available to help, and will be wearing “Team 433” or “Firebirds” shirts.

A Command Center has been established at the outside entrance to the gym for anyone that may need to contact a volunteer or who encounters an emergency situation.

 

Activities

Several activities will be available for visitors to the event. These will be available throughout the day while the competition is occurring. They will close briefly during alliance selection so that all of the participants will be available for those events.

 

 

FTC demonstration: Robots built by an FTC team will be on display.  Participants can see how all of the components of a robot are assembled into a working machine and learn about the controls of the robot.

 

Bomb Squad robot demonstration: Members of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department Bomb Squad will demonstrate their police department robot’s capabilities between 10 am and 2pm.

 

MAR demonstration: During lunch, representatives of FIRST Midatlantic will be available to meet with participating teams in the Fine Arts classroom Room 204.

 

Children are welcome to drive one of the Firebirds robots.

 

 

Pits and Work on the Robot

Each team will be provided with pit space with electrical supply. Please be respectful of the school property when working on your robot. We will not allow open flames, band saws or grinders in the pit area. The Firebirds will be able to help with some emergency repairs in our shop, but members of the visiting teams will not be permitted in the shop or to use the equipment.

 

Safety

Safety glasses will be required in the pits and playing field at all times. Visitors are encouraged to visit the pits and meet with the competitors. However, please be respectful of the need of the teams to prepare their robots for the next match. Parents with young children at the event will need to ensure that the children remain a safe distance from the robots at all times.

 

Bathroom Facilities

Male and female bathroom facilities are located outside of the gym and auditorium facilities and we ask all visitors to use these facilities.

 

High School Rules

  • Mount Saint Joseph Academy has graciously donated use of the gym and cafeteria for the girlPOWER We ask that visitors refrain from walking throughout the high school other than these three areas. We also request that visitors refrain from entering into classrooms.
  • Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a smoke-free environment. We ask that all attendees refrain from smoking in the school and on the property.

Battle O’Baltimore 2016 is on the Books

Last weekend the team joined 32 teams from PA, Delaware, Maryland, DC and Virginia to plat Stronghold.  The competition was fierce and the day was extremely fun.  The team took 10 returning students and 4 new students. The goal was to give as many people a chance to drive the robot as possible so that when we select our drive team later this fall we can base it on actual driving experience.  However, our robot, Maelstrom had other plans.  We rewired the beast and change much of the code that drove him at world championships in the hopes of making it more capable.  Battle O’Baltimore was the first real test of all of that work, and let’s just say those initial tests….rounds did not go so well.   We didn’t run for a few rounds, than when we did, we may have rammed Maelstrom into some of the field elements which resulted in some fairly sever damage.  Even with all that, we finished 22nd out of 32 teams and walked away with our first award of the season.

Our Lead Mentor Won Honored with the Commodore Rodgers Mentor Award
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John Rodgers commanded the USS President, which fired the first shot of the War of 1812. This award goes to the Mentor of the Battle as judged by a distinguished panel of mentors and former mentors.

We can’t thank the Baltimore Area Robotics Alliance (BAA) enough for hosting another great event and for recognizing all of the things JJ does for the team.  We can’t wait to do it all over again next year!!!


STEAMWORKS is the 2017 FRC Game!!

Here we go. The 2016 2017 FRC season them has been announced. The Name of the Game is STEAMWORKS. Check out the Game Teaser below.

Grab your goggles and start a team today!

Be part of the more than 3,400 teams in 2017 comprised of 85,000 students and their adult Mentors from around the world who will prepare to take flight in FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM.

FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind,TM where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 – 18/grades 9 – 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.

Teams work together and build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult Mentors. Teams then compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at more than 140 events worldwide – all leading up to the 2017 FIRST® Championships April 19 – 22 in Houston, TX and April 26 – 29 in St. Louis, MO.

The hardest fun you’ll ever have has its rewards!

Participating FIRST Robotics Competition students are eligible to apply for more than $30 million in scholarships from nearly 200 colleges and universities.

FREE exclusive FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM Downloadable Content (DLC) including:

Wallpapers | Ringtones | Game Logos | Team Recruitment Posters

DOWNLOAD NOW! (DLCPack1.zip)

 

More downloads coming this fall! Check your team blasts, the FIRST® Robotics Competition Blog and Facebook for more information and upcoming releases!

 

To Bag or Not To Bag…..That is the Question

Greetings from FIRST

The FIRST Robotics Competition is looking for feedback about Stop Build Day. Stop Build Day is the day when Teams are expected to Bag and Tag their robot- putting the robot they will be using at the competition in a bag, not to be worked on again until the competition event (with the exception of a few hours for District Teams).  If you want to learn more about all of the various aspects concerning bag day check out this chief delphi post https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=150953

We are eager to hear your thoughts and feedback and would greatly appreciate it if you could give about 10 minutes of your time to fill out this survey.

Please click on the following link to access the survey (or copy and paste the link in your web browser)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StopBuildDaySurvey

Please forward this message to any Mentors and Student Team Members over the age of 13 on your Team. This is a very important survey about a core element of FIRST Robotics Competition, and we want to get as many participants as we can.

Your opinions are valuable to us! Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. The survey will close on Monday, September 26th at 5pm ET.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, you may contact FRCTeamAdvocate@firstinspires.org