Waterford competition

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Presenting the 2015 Drive Team of our Flat Mountain Mechanics.

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While preparing for our first matches, Rebecca entertained some judges with her stories about building the robot!

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Pointing out unique features of our bot.

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As Drive Coach, Rebecca was responsible for negotiating strategy with our alliance partners.

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Our friends from The Charge in Midland were alliance partners for this match.

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Back in the pits, Christian explained the complex robot controls to another set of judges.

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This was our highest-scoring match.

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For awhile on the first day of competition, our team was in 2nd place!

3.6.15
Waterford District Competition
Team 4819–Flat Mountain Mechanics
FRC 2015 Recycle Rush

Waterford set-up

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Tweaks and repairs in the pits at our first competition in Waterford (a bit NW of Detroit).

These first 2 pics were captured and kindly shared by Daniel Ernst, talented event photographer for FIRST of Michigan.

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The man in the white shirt is in fact Daniel Ernst! I finally had a chance to thank him for both his terrific photography and his generosity in freely sharing it with the public.

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Adjustments to autonomous code…

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and finally, our first opportunity to practice on the regulation field.

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What else can we improve?

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3.5.15
Team 4819–Flat Mountain Mechanics
FRC 2015 Recycle Rush

scouting the competition & assisting the Radical Jays

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While our team wouldn’t compete until the following weekend, I drove Christian and Rebecca to the Standish-Sterling District so they could scout out the competition and assist the Radical Jays.

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The Radical Jays team originated during our second year, and Christian has provided programming support for them these past 2 years. Christian helped them tweak their autonomous code through the morning of their competition.

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Rebecca toured the pits, observing and discussing robot features.

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We also cheered on our Blitz Creek friends as long as we could stay. Then we had to rush back (90-minute drive) to our own team meeting.

2.27.15
Team 4819–Flat Mountain Mechanics
FRC 2015 Recycle Rush