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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!


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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Hatboro-Horsham Recap

This weekend past (March 5-March 6) was Storm’s first competition with our newly released robot, Hephaestus in the Hatboro-Horsham competition in Pennsylvania. All of our efforts throughout the build season accumulated to this point and we were all eager to see what our robot could do. Our team definitely showed immense enthusiasm and it’s safe to say that we were one of the most excited teams because we won the Spirit Award, but we faced many difficulties and unexpected problems that challenged our overall performance. Storm was 33rd place in the end and morale was low; the team didn’t foresee this happening at all. Some of the technical problems we faced were the chain popping off, the shooter breaking, the beaver tail falling off, and the climbing mechanism falling off. Pretty bad problems right?

Even though these hardships were detrimental, they are better for us in the future. In order to improve yourself, you need to see and acknowledge your faults. The team faced problems, but we can reevaluate ourselves, look at our problems, and come up with solutions to propel ourselves to victory! Allison Mosley of Program Management recalls an inspirational speech from Mr. Scott during the competition where our robot is like a character in the story. In a real story, a character doesn’t start off on top of the world. They need to work their way up and ultimately face hardships to develop and become a truly dynamic character. Hephaestus is this character and our team is this character. Storm and Hephaestus aren’t static characters, we will encounter problems, but we will develop in the long run.

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Hatboro Horsham!

 

Here’s a little update from our recent competition at Hatboro Horsham.

The team finished 6th out of 37 teams, captained the 4th playoff alliance, and won the Entrepreneurship Award. We need to send a special shout-out to members of our program management department on their work writing and submitting that award. Shout-outs also go out to those of you in the pits who represented the team when the judges came around to follow up on the award.

As far as first competitions go, this one was challenging but also one of our better showings. This is what happens in robotics, you learn and adjust constantly until you get it right.

 

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Independence Day Parade

The Storm Robotics Team and Electra had the honor to march in Marlton’s annual Independence Day Parade this year.  The team was well received by all of the attendees as you can see by this image produced by Electra (our robot) below.  The crowd went nuts whenever Electra launched frisbees to her teammates!  

“Flat Dean” was also present and in festive attire to show his patriotism as he walked with the team.  
Thank you again to Evesham Township for hosting us and allowing our team to take part in its annual festivities.