While I sort through over a thousand photos I snapped at our Kettering / Flint District Competition, I’m posting these excellent photographs by Daniel Ernst. This talented man volunteers his time as an official FIRST photographer for Michigan events. His Flickr profile claims that he is not a professional, but these images certainly appear professional to me. All photos in this post are property of Daniel Ernst. I thank Mr. Ernst for his generosity in sharing his artwork for the advancement of robotics!
Rebecca drove the robot and operated the “cannon” mechanism. Her friend controlled the ball pick-up and release mechanisms. Behind them was the drive coach.
This year’s robot was 116 lbs, which is about what Rebecca weighs now!
Rebecca inadvertently knocked over this robot during a particularly frantic match. Oops.
Our entire drive team consisted of home-educated students, although some of our team members are public-schooled.
After each match, the robot was carted back to our “pit area” where a fresh battery was installed. These matches were so vicious that many repairs and adjustments were required throughout the weekend.
Christian was the “human player” in our matches. He had many rules to remember. There are strict regulations governing when, where, and how the ball may be in-bounded.
During this match I think team 5155 was charged with a foul for trapping our ball longer than allowed.