After early-Friday-morning adjustments in the pits, Team 4819 and their robot were ready to go.
Collaboration with other alliance teams is essential in this year’s game. Before each match, drivers from the 3 teams on each alliance gather to discuss the abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of each robot, determining the best possible strategy against that particular opposing alliance.
We started off the day by winning our very first match. I don’t have clear photos of it, but Rebecca’s last-second shot was spectacular. Check out the following YouTube video to observe her finesse:)
Here’s Christian inbounding a ball to a robot on our alliance.
The robot caught his inbound, so Christian returns to wait for another available ball.
40 competing teams filled the Kettering Recreation Center. It’s a loud, crowded, and crazy event. Did I mention it was loud? This competition last year required the purchase of ear plugs. I promptly stuck in my earplugs this year, and it was still loud. For some reason the Kettering folks play often-obnoxious dance-mix-style music at rowdy-concert-level volumes throughout the weekend. As if the crush of the croud and cheering and shouting announcers weren’t enough. I saw quite a few other people with earplugs, but the rest of our team didn’t use any. I don’t know how they bear it.
Here’s a view from the balcony of our low-goal shot.
After a particularly well-played match, students celebrated our elevation to 5th place with a record of 5-3-0.
Flat Mountain Mechanics
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist
stay tuned for more…I’ll get through these pics eventually