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Arizona RegionalsMarch 22, 2014
We have completed the season. We hit it hard at the Arizona Regional in Chandler, AZ. We installed our new 5" wheels on the bot to avoid any further clearance issues. We installed LED lighting in the arms of "Not Bad" to highlight the cutouts. We replaced the Thera-Band that powers the catapult. The robot was put back together. Inspection went smooth.
We were there with several of our fellow Tucson teams. Raytheon Missile Systems' Director of Community Outreach visited while we there, as well. As we made it through the qualifiers, excitement grew as we did very well, again. We ended up being in 9th place going into team selections. As it all boiled down we were the 7th seed Alliance Captain. We had teams 2375 (The Dragons from Phoenix) and 2449 (Out of Orbit from Tempe) on our alliance, and we worked very well together and we enjoyed the run. Thank you, guys.
Our resolve and high spirits all the way through won us the Spirit Award this time! Thank you, Remy, for leading that effort! All-in-all it was a very successful trip and we are already looking forward to next season. Don't forget the End-of-Season Banquet next month. Stay up to date with our Facebook page. GO BOXERBOTS!!
Inland Empire RegionalMarch 9, 2014
Our first regional event is done. The Inland Empire Regional is a great experience for any that can make the event. This year it was a little more than wet, considering we ran into a good storm front. It did not, however, dampen our spirits any, or most of the other teams that were there. We had some serious obstacles to overcome. The first of which was our very low clearance on our robot. We were sporting a little less than 1/4" of free space under our bot, and that proved to be not so good with the not quite even carpet of the arena.
We worked until 8pm the first night getting the bottom of the robot covered with anti-friction tape and the wheels covered in traction material which gave us the equivalent to 5" wheels (as opposed to our original 4" wheels). The next morning we burnt out the short motor (it stunk up the pit), so we were a non-shooting robot for a couple of matches while the pit crew slaved to get the planetary gear-box mounted on the new motor. Once we got that installed, we were rocking.
Autonomous only ever missed one shot while the shooter was working, and our programmers are responsible for winning us the "Innovation in Controls" award presented by Rockwell Automation. Strategy changed constantly to accommodate the variety of robots and driving styles on the field. Many kudos to our driving team and their coach.
We made it to 8th seed, where we ended up being selected by the 3rd-seed team. We made it through quarter-finals and into semi-finals, where we lost the first, won the second, and lost the third match. It was a very exciting time and we are all looking forward to using our experience during the Arizona Regionals March 20th-22nd.
2014 Kick-off EventJanuary 4, 2014
The 2014 Challenge has been released and it is Aerial Assist. As always, the task is challenging. This year the game makers have put an extreme emphasis on teamwork within the alliances. All teams will be, I am sure, looking to be able to throw the 24" diameter ball, as well as retrieve it from the floor, and catch it, as well. Good luck to all teams, and looking forward to competing with you.
Some Recent NewsNovember 3, 2013
As many of you know the Tucson Tussle, which we competed in, took place on November 2nd at Sonoran Science Academy. In the competition we were the third seeded team, and chose Teams 1726 the N.E.R.D.S., and 3944, the All Knight's to be our alliance members. Our alliance placed second in the The Tucson Tussle out of 12 competing teams from all over Arizona.
Many people from our team attended the Tucson Tussle and overall they thought it was a lot of fun. Jake Hoppe recalled that, "This year, the Tussle was more of a competition than in previous years." The Tucson Tussle was a good practice environment for future competitions, especially for those who have yet to go to a competition.
"Next year, if there is another Tucson Tussle, I will definitely try to participate again," Kenny Schackart said. The other members enjoyed the Tucson Tussle as well, and look forward to going again next year.
Scholarship and Awards
Learn about the awards and scholarships you can get in the FRC robotics competition and team.