We fought fiercely at the Northern Lights and Wisconsin FRC regional competitions and surpassed all expectations! Thanks to all of the students and mentor volunteers for making the 2014 Build Season our best one yet!
Our Build Season officially started on January 4th and ended February 18th. This year’s challenge is called Aerial Assist. Our robot must cooperate with other robots on an alliance to throw a 2′ diameter ball through a goal about 7′ off the ground. The full game explanation and animation can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2014-game.
We have come up with a design integrating a Mecanum Drive, which can move in any direction including diagonally without changing it’s orientation. We will try to post a video soon. We designed a curved catapult utilizing large torsion springs to propel the large ball. We built 2 (near) identical robots so we can set one aside for competition as the rules require and have one to practice with in between competitions. This gives us time to work out the bugs, be prepared to deal with common problems during competition, and practice driving. We attended the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, MN with 55 other teams from across the country. Our robot did extremely well, far surpassing the abilities of its ancestors, holding 5th place for a full day!