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.

Seneca AwardSeneca Comp

The Storm Robotics Team was proud to award our Stormie Awards to the following teams at the Lenape-Seneca FIRST MAR Qualifier.  The Stormie Awards celebrate traits teams hold that we look up and strive to model ourselves.  More information about the awards can be found here.

Stormie Award Recipients
Lightning Leadership Award – FRC 4750, Crubotics
Weather Warning Award – FRC 1403, Cougar Robotics
Storm Spirit Award – FRC 203, One TUFF Team (Team United for FIRST)
Eye of Hurricane Award – FRC 316, LuNaTeCs
Hurricane Helpful Award – FRC 2559, Normality Zero

Lenape-Seneca MAR District Media

Did you miss any of the Lenape-Seneca action?  Video has begun to pop-up from a few different sources so that you can catch up on the action.  Check out some of the sources below:

We’ll post some more here as we keep finding them!