We arrived at the competition with our full complement of parts, motors, and controllers ready to soak in as much knowledge as possible and hopefully garner some ideas for the next competition.
Who needs a “next competition”?
The team rallied together and with some help from the Oakleaf High school coach figured out how to control the motors and setup the hand-held controllers. While this was happening another crew began to build a simple, yet very effective, rolling chassis. Once the two entities came together the team had a working robot and ran it for a few minutes on the practice field. They made a few small adjustments based on what they learned in practice and then sent the bot on for inspection. Initially their design failed inspection, but the team did not waver. They went back to the workbench and put the robot (now named Bob) under scrutiny once more and finally passed technical inspection.
The competition itself is broken down into two distinct periods of play. The first is a 30 second autonomous period during which the robot is to perform functions without any input from a team member. Bob had no autonomous period as we did not have the ability to create the Java programming needed. We will for the next match. However, out of the 12 teams present only 2 had brief autonomous periods. The second period is a 2 minute driver controlled period. The driving team consists of two drivers and one coach. For OPJH the drivers were Cody Helton and Savanah Lyons. The coach was Matthew Coffey. These positions were agreed on by the entire team. This turned out to be a winning combination because after all the matches (3 in total) OPJH finished 4th out of 12 teams! This included a number of high school teams.
Friday’s match was a fantastic example of what some ingenuity mixed with a little drive can do. Please congratulate the entire robotics team on an awesome first match!
Our next match will be held on November 18th @ Orange Park High School.