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.



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


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