Ellen honored with Dean’s List Award
We were selected, as first pick, tot he seventh ranked alliance. Our alliance went up against the 2nd ranked alliance, and we gave them a tough fight for the first match, losing by just 4 points. In the second match, Artimes and our alliance partner both lost communication with their robot – a tough lesson about the value of new ethernet cords – and we lost the match, thus being elimated from the final.
But the day wasn’t over yet. After the quarter finals, the semi-finals, and the winning match, there was a very long awards ceremony. And at the end of that, Ellen won! She’s a Dean’s List Finalist, an award given to a students to recognize “the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding FRC students.” Ellen is truly outstanding, and it was great to see that recognized.
Elimination Rounds, here we come!
As expected Team 2491 (19th) was selected almost immediately. We are on the blue alliance with teams 3206 ( 10th) and 3055 ( 28th). We’re in round 7 @ 2:03 pm. The winning alliances from the elimination rounds will go onto the final matches. Stay tuned for more details…
Qualification 74 11:48 – the final match
Though the match was up against some tough competition, team 2491 scored all of the 95 points for their alliance. Though it wasn’t a winning match, they have poised themselves as a strong alliance member and have a good chance of being selected for the elimination rounds. They have fallen a bit in the overall standing, but this is a marathon and not a dash, and the work they have put in earlier this weekend should sustain them through to next rounds. Stay tuned to find out if they make it in.
Another morning at the competition
|Ellen assisting another team on the field.||Theo dancing with some of the other mascots.|
A New Day: Qualification Match 74, 9:49 am – Starting out refreshed and recharged.
Team 2491 are ready and rearing to go. The first match was a good start of the day. Partnered with Team Rush 27 who also has proven to be a strong competitor, the red alliance came out on top with 140 points to the alliance’s 66 points. Team 2491 dialing in the automous mode scoring and strategized to defend. This has put them in an overall standing of 6th place. With only one qualification match left today, there is a likely chance they will be in the elimination rounds.
Very tired team – Friday night
At the end of the day Friday, the team had played eight matches and fixed countless things on the robot. And they’re exhausted!
|A day in the stands is enough to wear anyone out. Edward actually spent most of the day driving – especially tiring. Isaiah was “just” human player.||Adam’s mom stopped by to perk everyone up with a snack.|
|There was a huge turnout in the stands, including teams, friends and families.||The drive team met after each match to review the footage and revise the plan.|
Qualification match 56 – 4:30pm WHAT A MATCH!
This was a classic example of alliance team work with paying and scoring. 2491 (blue) was able to fix the defects and scored a whopping 186 points over the red alliances 7 points, putting team 2491 back on top of the overall rankings at 3rd out of 55!
Qualification match 48, 3:34 pm – Continued troubles, 2491 (Red) takes a beating
The team had some trouble with the power and the last 15 seconds completely lost valuable game time and powered down. Match was 36 to 47 .
Qualification match 43, 2:59 pm – Won but not without peril
Early in the round one of the pick up wheels come loose and the arm looked like it broke on one side making it difficult to pick up the ball. They also had some trouble with their shooting, making only one of five attempts in the high goal. Fortunately, the other alliance had equal troubles and the match ended 26 to 27 with the blue team ahead. Team 2491 is now 4 for 5 in their matches and are still in the top ten but are rushing to repair the damage before the 3:34 match! Is Not just about the build, but also how they deal with the chaos.
Qualification match 35, 2:03 pm – Red lost, 51 to 95
March 7th - Qualification Matches
Team 2491 are being treated like rock stars! With their 4th place standing in the qualification matches, carrying the points for their alliances, teams coming by the pit looking at the robot and taking photos. There are 5 more matches today and 2 tomorrow morning before the finals tomorrow afternoon.
The Blue Alliance puts out a live stream if you’d like to watch along: The Game Day. Be sure to look for the team numbers – 2491.
Q 35 @ 2:03 (Qualification Match 35 at 2:03 pm)
Q 43 @ 2:59
Q 56 @ 4:30
Q 65 @ 5:33
Q 74 @ 9:49
Q 91 @ 11:48
Finals will depend on qualification matches and times will be posted when we know.
March 5th – Arrival!
A huge coach bus arrived at 3:30 to pick us, and all our stuff, up. After a frenzy of loading, everything was tucked on or under the bus – nothing on top! That included two robots, a 4′x8′ white board, 6 boxes of food, extra shooting arms, a myriad of other tools and equipment, and even our own bags.
Now we’re settled in the Comfort Suites. The rooms are huge, which is great. Plenty of room for team meetings, hair bleaching parties, and rooms packed with students.
Tomorrow morning we head over to the DECC to get our robot inspected, do final testing, and enter practice matches.
|Theo easing Artemis into place.||The entire team gathered around Michael for a late-night team meeting.|
March 4 – Leaving for Duluth
‘Twas the night before Duluth, and all through the shop, not a creature was stirring, except for the mice. The banner was hung on the tent with care, in hopes that Artemis soon would be there. The students were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of robots danced in their heads…..
We leave right after school tomorrow.
|Marcus and Leo, painting the cart or themselves?||Leeah and Laura under our new shiny banner.||Diana, sister to Artemis.|
February 24th – Introducing Artemis
In a mere 2 weeks, the team took the new chassis from Quality Tool and built up a robot. Watch a 90 second summary of the process:
February 18th – Bag and Tag
Artemis lives! In a mere 10 days, the team went from a bare chassis to a fully functional robot. Now it’s tucked away in the official bag, ready for Duluth.
|Michael and Ezra installing the support bracket for the shooter arm.||Bumper crew: Karl, Max, and Laura.|
|Artemis Lives!||At 9:47 pm, Artemis was officially bagged up. A record!|
February 15th – Simley Pre-Ship Competition
On Saturday, most of the team headed over to Simley High School to give Apollo, the first completed robot, some competition practice. The day was wildly successful. Lots of progress was made in terms of design development, and driver training. By lengthening the shooting arm, they improved shooting accuracy dramatically. Meanwhile, back at the shop a small group of students finished constructing the final components of Artemis, the final robot.
February 8th – Artemis Arrives
On Tuesday, the beautiful one-piece chassis for our competition ‘bot arrived from Quality Tool. They pressed the frame out of a single piece of aluminum, then bent it to our exact specifications. Zoe, Ellen and Leo painted it on Thursday and on Saturday the team added the first components to make it our competition robot. And it got a name – Artemis!
|Quality Tool staff member building the chassis.||Rodrigo installing wheels on newly painted Artemis.|
Less glamorous but equally important, the rest of the team kept working on our first robot, now named Apollo, improving the design so it can not only shoot, but shoot well, and also stand up to the wear and tear of real competition. On Saturday, the team added new wiring, cross bars to support the catapult, and started work on the team video.
|Evan and Jamie working on the wiring of Apollo.||Alex on the set of the video.|
February 6th, 2014
Triangle Fraternity paid us a visit today. They got to see the robot, and to present their sponsorship check. Thank you, Triangle! This work is not possible without sponsors like you.
February 4th, 2014
Order No Mythic t-shirts! Use the T-Shirt Order Form to tell us how many you want, which sizes and styles. Then send a check with your student on Thursday or Saturday. We plan to order the shirts on Saturday morning, February 8th. It’s great to have a big cheering section at competitions all wearing our team shirt.
February 1st, 2014 End of Week 4 Update
Our Robot takes it’s first steps today as all of our individual pieces aggregate into a functional form. We have been working overtime to make up the days lost to the cold, during this time we finished our drive train and electrical systems, and we are now currently installing a pneumatic system for the first time in our history. Despite several setbacks regarding the intricate use of our limited space inside our drive train, we have high hopes at having our first robot ready to roll by the end of the day.
|Pneumatic Crew: Thom, George and Erik||Bumper Crew: Laura, Toby and Max||Shooting Crew: Adam and Isaiah|
January 25th, 2014 Update
Three weeks into build – we’re at the half way point this week. And despite being behind in hours due to losing two practice sessions (thank you Minnesota cold weather), the team is right on track. The drive train is almost built. The shooting and lifter teams are prototyping final designs, using the new metal parts that were purchased today. The programming team had a tough week – they had to reinstall Windows and Labview so they can start programming next time. Next we’re just waiting to see if school will be cancelled again this week – more arctic air is arriving on Sunday.
|Jeremy and the drive train.||Lifter crew: Erik, Edward, Rodrigo, and Nick.||Max, Tom and Ezra with the shooter prototype.|
January 19th, 2014 Update
The team got the new challenge, Aerial Assist, on January 4th. The first step was to learn the 90 page rule book. Then the students divided into groups to decide on strategies and possible designs. They’re now building the top four designs, creating prototypes that should showcase the feasibility and effectiveness of each choice. Overall, the team wants to create a robot that can receive or lift the ball and can shoot up high, either over the truss or into the high goal.
And the winner is: Lifter 1 with Shooter 1! Tuesday the team finally gets to start building the final robot.