preparing for battle

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We arrived Thursday afternoon at Kettering, quickly unbagging the robot under official inspection. The robot was weighed to verify its compliance with the 120 lb. limit. Our students were relieved to see the scales register just a few lbs. under the limit:)

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Further inspection ensued in our approximately 9-foot square “pit area.”

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Christian calibrated the axis camera, adjusting to arena lighting. During our build season he had programmed the robot to “see” when the high goal lights flash on—to recognize the opportunity for extra points during autonomous period.

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Poised for some practice matches!

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This year’s FRC game is called Aerial Assist. You can click that link to learn more about the game challenge and guidelines.

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10 truss points!

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Our excited drive team, consisting of 4 home-educated students:)

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Preparing for a high-goal shot…

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This high-goal shot scores at least 10 points (and potentially more if robots on the alliance had passed the ball through several court zones—assisting each other—to gain bonus points).

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Here, Christian was waiting in one of the “human player” zones, where he could inbound a new ball after the current ball was scored.

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This time Rebecca and her fellow drive team members were aiming for the low goal. Just 1 point on its own, but including assist points, a low goal could score up to 31.

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It worked!

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A successfully inbounded ball, and they’re off again.

Our team practiced and tweaked and repaired and adjusted until nearly 10 pm, when the facility closed for the night.

3.6.14
Team 4819
Flat Mountain Mechanics
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

Hopefully, I’ll upload more pics tomorrow.

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2 thoughts on “preparing for battle

  1. Kristine says:

    This is SOOOOO AWESOME!!! Not only a fantastic project, but I love how BIG it is!!!!!

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