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
 
Preparing For The Playoffs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Nahhas   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:52

After ending Friday as the undefeated number 1 seed of Franklin division, we decided we would hold a private practice session with our alliance partners that evening to prepare for the playoffs the next morning. Our partners 4140 Fish In The Boat and 5096 Monkey Madness were enthusiastic about meeting, and that evening we met at the Monkey's hotel. While there we practiced driving, worked on our strategies, and got to know each other better in general. We also shared some of our reliability and grounding techniques with them, and by the end of the practice we had three robots with a functioning "heartbeat." Before everyone left, we finished with a practice run of 1440 points. This beforehand practice helped us coordinate during the finals and was an important part of our success. 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:04
 
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
 
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
 
Indiana Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Evan Hollins   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:21

On Saturday, March 2, the Cougar Robotics team traveled to Crawfordsville High School in Indiana to compete in the Indiana State Championship. There were 29 other FTC teams there. Out of the qualification rounds, we were 4th seed, with 10 QPs, and only 46 RPs, along with a high score 411. In the alliance selection, the 1st seed picked the 3rd seed, bumping us up from #4 alliance captain to #3 alliance captain. MechHampsters became the new #4 alliance captain.  We went on to pick 5294 What the heck is PI and 5295 Steel Pythons. In the semi-finals, we lost the first round, but won the next two and moved onto the finals. At the finals, we won the first two, making us the captain of the winning alliance. Congratulations to 3537 MechaHamsters  and 5972 PatronumBots who won the first and second place Inspire Award and are moving on to worlds. 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:12
 
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  • Exciting Changes to Match Play
    Over the past decade, FIRST® Tech Challenge has continued to grow, serving the FIRST mission of creating excitement and exposing students to the wonderful world of science, technology, engineering and math. With growth, must come change, as most of our community has seen through our evolution of robot technology. We continue to work to make this program more accessible and affordable, while still engaging and challenging students of all skill levels.


    Since the 2015 season, FIRSTTech Challenge has moved away from a centralized control system to the Android based platform you see today. The increased reliability of the Android based/REV platform, is allowing us to improve the flow of the matches. We are making significant and exciting changes that teams and volunteers need to be aware of for the 2017-2018 season.



    Autonomous to Driver Controlled Transition

    Starting in the 2017-2018 season, there will no longer be a hard stop following the autonomous period to transition to the driver controlled period of the match. Once the autonomous portion of the match ends, the emcee/game announcer will tell the teams to pick up their driver station. As a visual cue, the scoring system will display to teams that they must pick up their driver station. Teams will only have 5 seconds to pick up their driver station, so they should make sure to pay close attention! After the 5 seconds, there will be a 3-2-1 countdown and the driver controlled period of the match will begin right away.

    Why make the change?
    • Since the reliability of our technology has come so far, the large gap between autonomous and driver controlled periods of the match is no longer necessary.
    • The game design doesn’t require field reset between the autonomous and driver controlled periods.
    • The shortened break between autonomous to driver controlled period increases engagement by keeping the excitement of the match going.
    • The shortened break will encourage teams to build smarter and create sturdier robots, that can move successfully from autonomous to driver controlled unhindered.
    What does this mean to teams?

    Teams must remember is to keep an eye on the match timer display, and listen for the cues from the Emcee or Game Announcer to pick up their driver stations. The transition will happen quickly, and the scoring system will automatically run the rest of the match. Since the robots are not tied directly to the scoring system, teams must make sure they are ready to run their driver controlled programs after the 3-2-1 countdown.

    How does this impact the number of matches played?

    This will not impact the number of matches played at an event. From League Meets to State Championships, teams will still be able to play between 5 and 6 matches, depending on the specific tournament. Teams will still receive a minimum of 7 minutes between each match. Super Regionals and World Championship events will have additional matches. The number of matches at these events will be announced at a later date.

    Up righting/Untangling/Reconnecting Robots

    Because of the shortened transition from autonomous to driver controlled period, field personnel will no longer enter the field to upright or untangle any robots. Robots that have lost connections will not be reconnected by the Field Technical Adviser. Teams should take this into consideration when building and designing their robot.

    If you have any questions about the new changes to our match play format please email ftcteams@firstinspires.org. Happy Relic Recovering!

    Click here to watch the New Changes to  Match Play video on YouTube!
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