For the first time ever, Red Storm Robotics FRC Team would go onto traveling to St. Louis to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship. We went onto competing in the Curie Division where we ranked 49th of 67 with a 3-7-0 record. We were selected to be a backup on the 5th Alliance, but unfortunately our alliance would be eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Our autonomous would be the best in the Curie Division, never missing the gear. While attending world’s the drive/programming team almost got our side autonomous to work which was a challenge for the team throughout the season. This functionality will be quite useful in our off-season competitions, Grand Rapids Girls and West Michigan Robotics Invitational. Our climber continued to show consistency during the matches which was reflected by the robot climbing in every match but two. We also were able to get all four rotors spinning in all matches but three. After the first day, we came to conclusion the team had the highest score for gears, climbing and autonomous but then would go down to fifth by the end of the second day.
In addition to its experimental FTC team, Crestwood Middle School is also home to two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams. The original team was founded in 2010. As with the other FLL teams, they attended the FLL competition at Grandville High School in both 2010 and 2011, and won the “Inspiration Award” for their team’s effort in 2011. Since the EKHS team was founded in 2010, it has provided and received assistance from all the middle school teams, including Crestwood, and students from the Crestwood FLL team can go through further robotics programs like the Crestwood FTC and EKHS teams. In 2012, a second FLL team was created because of the high number of students who wanted to participate.
The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:15 during the season.
More information on the FLL program can be found here, and the team’s school coach can be contacted at email@example.com.
Every so often, FIRST will also publish amendments to the rules, known as “team updates”. Read them here.
The game for this year, “Rebound Rumble,” requires the building and programing of a robot that can shoot a ball into four different baskets at three different heights. The first 15 seconds of the game is called “hybrid mode” where the Kinect Motion Sensor is used to control the robot. After hybrid, the next mode is called “tele-op.” During this time, the goal is to make as many baskets as possible. Finally, in the last 20 seconds, robots need to balance on the Coopertition Bridge. If robots from both Alliances are represented in the middle bridge, the robots will earn Coopertition Points. At the end, all points are totaled and the winner is announced!
The West Michigan Regional FIRST Robotics Competition was our second competition of 2012, on March 16th and 17th. It was be hosted in the GVSU Allendale Campus gymnasium. Although the team performed well, and made it relatively high in the initial rankings, we did not make it to the competition finals. Despite our functional autonomous mode and generally well-made robot, which allowed us to reach third place at one point, problems with the robot’s balance led to it frequently tipping over, and that and similar mechanical problems cost us our success at the competition. However, we learned from the experience, and the team had a good time. It was a very busy competition, and we are pleased with its overall results.