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Seneca Competition Preview!

Get hype for this weekend! On Saturday, the Storm Robotics Team will be heading over to Seneca for our second competition!

On Wednesday, the team met up to discuss what things should be fixed or improved, based on the results from the competition Westtown High School. While our climbing abilities were solid, and the scouting system worked well, we need to work on the robot’s software for the 15-second autonomous period at the beginning of each match; sometimes the robot would drive off the path during the period and we would not be able to get the bonus points that might just separate us from a win or a loss.

In addition, we have noticed that the gears might fall out or end up crooked while being loaded onto the robot, or the robot might have to try several times when placing the gear onto the peg. The team will be working on gear mechanism for the robot to make loading and transporting go more smoothly.

The mentors have also encouraged us to become more interactive with the other teams in the upcoming competition by offering to help them in robot repairs and observing what we could do during the off-season period. Spirit and Gracious Professionalism is a major part of FIRST, and our team should display such qualities by the way they socialize with others during the competitions.

Clap clap whoosh, and best of luck to everyone! Hope to see you there!

Westtown Competition

This past weekend, Storm Robotics “stormed” the field at Westtown High School!

Despite the fact that the team had to wake up at 5:00 in the morning for both Saturday and Sunday, everyone was hyped up for the first competition of the season. Team members had different jobs assigned to them, from managing the robot in between matches or explaining to judges the aim of the team in the pit area, to scouting for potential alliances during matches, to cleaning up the game field after each match. In the pit area, we offered beads and buttons, among other Stormie trinkets to be worn during the matches. In addition, one of the team members ran an LGBTQ+ table for the first time next to the game field.

A few select members were driving the robot on the game field and shooting balls, transporting gears, and climbing the rope. The team members in the stands made sure to cheer them on with every bit of spirit. In fact, one of the major highlights of the day for us was winning the Spirit award!

In the final results, the first, second, and third place were respectively Team 4342 Demon Robotics, Team 3929 Atomic Dragons, and Team 365 Miracle Workerz. Big shoutout to our alliances Team 1143 Cruzin’ Comets and Team 1712 Dawgma! Storm Robotics made it to the quarterfinals and the team’s final ranking was 19th place out of 31 teams, with 5 wins and 7 losses.

Next up in the week after this weekend is another competition at Seneca High School. Best of luck to everyone!

Clap Clap whoosh!

Fall Harvest Follow Up & Other Stuff

Hey everyone, here’s another update of what’s going on in Storm. As many of you know and even went to watch, Storm hosted a Fall Harvest Meet at Cherokee High School. There was a huge turnout for the event and almost all the available bleachers were packed full! Fifteen FTC teams participated and Storm’s FTC teams 4390 and 7433 participated as well. 4390 had a chance to play in the semi finals after being picked by the captain of our alliance team. Storm FRC also had a presence in the event by volunteering to be referees, judges, cameramen, etc. BAM also had a table set up so people could see the progress on the Crayon Initiative and the purpose behind it. People were interested in the project and some strongly voiced their support for the project since they have kids with disabilities.  We received some amazing feedback and realized that the crayons really appealed to kids (they doodled over the entire piece of paper!).

The FRC team has also made some amazing progress since the last meeting and everyone is pretty sure that we haven’t had this level of progress and productivity ever. The chassis is coming along excellently and by looks of it, the chassis is practically done. All of us are sure we could get a moving robot before build season is even done, this will then save us plenty of time so we could work on other things to make the robot amazing. The wheelchair project mentioned before is sadly discontinued due to monetary and liability conflicts. Software has also announced their developments, and currently they are working on the robot drive code. Whew, that’s a lot for a blog frankly, but this information needs to be put in the spotlight. Everyone on the team is pumped and excited for things to come in future.



Fall Harvest Qualifier!

As I watch the world around me transition into a new season, everything is slowly painted in hues of orange, of pumpkins, bonfires, and glowing leaves.

And among all those orange things that come with fall, is the annual Fall Harvest Qualifier! On November 19, 2016, from 7 AM to 4 PM, both the FTC 4390 and FTC 7433 teams will compete at Cherokee along with about 15 other teams. FRC 2729 will be helping out throughout the day, and merchandise will be available at the event for purchase.

The game featured this year is Velocity Vortex, where two robots, one from the red team and one from the blue team, compete to see who will get the most points from claiming Beacons, moving the Cap Ball off of the Center Vortex base onto the field floor, and scoring Particles into their alliance’s Center or Corner Vortex.

Good luck to both FTC teams!

Seneca Recap

On the days of March 19 and March 20, Storm Robotics attended the competition at Seneca. We were pretty positive and determined to make a comeback from our slump at Hatboro-Horsham. The team got together the night before and some massive planning was underway. Mechanical and Software departments were making changes and adding new additions and lines of code to ensure that Hephaestus was up to speed. Along with all of this, the mentors gave positive speeches so when the going gets tough, we still show the robotics world that Storm is spirited and enjoy robots whether we are in the top ten or the bottom ten.

Hephaestus made an appearance in the practice sessions and managed to shoot, even better scored a few goals! The team was roaring from the bleachers and couldn’t wait to see how our bot did in the actual rounds. Hephaestus did indeed put up a good show as we managed to score a few goals with pin-point accuracy. The shooter which was a bit problematic during Horsham, finally came through during Seneca and was a key component in contributing to our team. The rounds continued to pass and our robot became less and less efficient. Day two of the competition was also a struggle as the damage from the previous day carried over. We ranked low, but despite the trials and tribulations, the team still kept cheering whether it be our robot on the court or supporting our teammates. We did manage to win the Gracious Professionalism Award though, proving that we are still a capable and well-rounded team.

Horsham and Seneca was a wake up call for our team. All of our problems have exposed and we were determined to engineer solutions as we always have done. A fire had been born, a fire that burns with our determination and our will to move on. We cannot remain in the past, but with the our previous knowledge and experience. we will prove that Storm is a force to be reckoned with.

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