Build a Better Bot Workshop with Patronum Bots PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Cougars   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:33

On August 31st we got together with the Patronum Bots at their home base in East Troy, Wisconsin to put on our Build a Better Bot workshop. It was an all day event, and 12 teams attended, coming from Wisconsin and surrounding states. Throughout the day, we discussed topics such as game and robot analysis, mechanical and wiring practices, and static electricity. Along with topics about the robot, we also went over scouting and showed teams how we pick teams at tournaments. Near the end of the day, we held an “open work time” with several stations of hands-on activities. These included double drilling channel, creating static spray, switching from tamiya connections to anderson powerpoles, and making static detectors.

Check out the videos in the Build a Better Bot workshop playlist created by the Patronum Bots. 

 

 

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Build a Better Bot workshop handouts & useful info PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Diamond   
Monday, 16 September 2013 22:31

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 22:41
 
2012-2013 FTC Season Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joey   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

 

Cougar Robotics, FTC team 4251, went undefeated in 14 matches to become the 2013 FIRST Tech Challenge World Champions. FIRST Tech Challenge or FTC is an international robotics competition where students design, build, and program robots to compete against other teams in a 2 robot vs 2 robot game or challenge.  The game changes every year so that the teams have to come up with solutions to a new set of challenges.  FTC encompasses design, community outreach, and game performance. This year’s game was called “Ring It Up!” where robots had to take rings off PVC dispensers and make tic-tac-toe lines on a center rack. Our team has 4 members; Joey Diamond, Sean Morehart, Nathan Nahhas, and Evan Hollins. This year, we qualified to compete at the World Championship in St. Louis by winning the Ohio State Championship Inspire Award and the Indiana State Championship robot game. In preparation for the World Championship, we fabricated major parts of our robot at the Columbus Idea Foundry. We also hosted a scrimmage for 3 other teams and ourselves at CIF to practice and tune our robots for the competition.

The World Championship was a 4 day competition held in St. Louis, Missouri. 128 teams from around the world qualified for this event and were separated into 2 divisions of 64 teams each. First, we had to win our division, then compete against the winners of the other division.

During the first 2 days, robots are randomly paired with and against each other in qualifying matches to determine the rankings within a division. At the end of the 2nd day, the top 4 seeded teams in each division (we were ranked 1st) chose alliances. This means we got to choose 2 partner teams to compete with us through the elimination matches. After intense scouting, we chose alliance partners, team 4140 Fish in the Boat and team 5096 Monkey Madness. On the last day, alliances play against each other in “best-of-3” elimination rounds. Each of the divisions has their own set of elimination matches, followed by the winners of each division playing each other. We went 2-0 in all of our 6 elimination matches with our chosen alliance partners, to win the World Championship, going undefeated in every match.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:08
 
We are in the News! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Evan Hollins   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 00:00
We were recently featured in an article written by Joe Blundo in the Columbus Dispatch!  Here is the link!
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 May 2013 09:37
 
The Playoffs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sean Morehart   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:00

Franklin Division Elimination Matches:

After our late night practice on Friday, we were ready for the playoffs. The playoffs consists of two alliances with three teams per alliance. We had chosen team 4140 Fish in the Boat and team 5096 Monkey Madness for our alliance partners. For the first series of matches of the day we were up against the four seed from the Franklin Division: 2753 Team Overdrive, 3486 Techno Warriors Advanced, 3509 Phoenixtrix.  We won the first match 306-201 with our alliance partner team 5095 and then won the second match 235-165 with our alliance partner team 4140. Our alliance then played in the Franklin Division finals against the third seeded alliance from our division: 4530 Infinite Resistance, 4546 SnakeBytes, and 3531The Short Circuits. We also took this section of the playoffs in two matches winning the first match 407-205 with our alliance partner team 5096 and then winning the second match 392-170 with our alliance partner 4140.

Da Vinci Division Elimination Matches:

After winning the Franklin Division Finals we were playing the winning alliance from the Edison Division: 3717 Cyberknights, 3846 Maelstrom, and 4855 Batteries in Black. The autonomous mode started and surprisingly, one of the opposing alliances robots didn't move. We carried our advantage from the autonomous mode into the teleoperated period to win the first match 344-165. We then won the second match 251-230 to become the 2013 FTC World Champions! If you would like to watch the elimination matches you can watch this playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTenvTQFoN8OV8YuRyUZHfqjnE_EanJa4

 

A picture with our alliance after the Da Vinci finals

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 20:57
 
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  • Rhode Island Volunteer seeks to give kids "best possible experience"
    Mark Seidman, a computer engineer in Rhode Island, was already familiar with FIRST and robotics clubs when he was approached to provide technical support at the state FTC Championship.

    Mark Seidman, center, works to setup an FTC field at a
    Rhode Island competition.
    As a member of the Newport, RI, Aquidneck Island Robotics 4-H club, Mark had already mentored Air Strike, a FIRST Robotics Competition team, since 2008 and was also familiar with FIRST LEGO League.  Erin Flynn, the state FTC Affiliate Partner, was looking for someone to take the role of Field Technical Adviser and Mark agreed to take on the role.

    "Mark stepped in and, with his quiet way, helped me figure out how the game should be run, how teams should prepare and what needed to be done at the tournament," Erin said.

    While Mark was familiar with robotics, he said his first tournament was nerve racking because he had never been on the organizing side of a robotics competition.

    "After I realized what position I had 'volunteered' for, I was nervous.  If something with the field breaks, the FTA is the person everyone is looking at to fix it," he said

    Despite his nerves, Mark got all the robots up and running at that first competition and was able to enjoy the matches and saw that all the teams were happy.  He has continued to volunteer with the RI FTC organization ever since.

    Mark says he really enjoys seeing how many different designs teams come up with for the same challenge and how out of the box some teams think.  He has a soft spot for new teams.

    "It is especially rewarding working with rookie teams," he said.  "It is really cool seeing kid's eyes light up when they finally get their robot working."

    When Rhode Island moved to a qualifying tournament structure for the 2013-2014 FTC BLOCK PARTY! season, Mark was instrumental in running each event.

    "He was right there for each qualifier, making sure the game floor was set up and that matches ran smoothly," said Erin.  "I couldn't run strong events without the support of our fantastic volunteers like Mark Seidman," she added.