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Colorado Regional: Win #2!

posted Jul 19, 2015, 7:33 PM by Up-A-Creek Robotics   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 7:50 PM ]

Daniel H.
April 1, 2015

As has occurred for the past eleven years, Team 1619, Up-A-Creek Robotics students gathered in the early hours of the morning at the CDC on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 to make the trip to the FIRST Colorado Regional Competition in Denver. This year, we had already won the Industrial Design Award and won the competition (Thanks 624 and 4334!) at the Utah Regional, and were psyched to have another opportunity to compete with our robot and meet new friends.

While we were pleased with how our robot performed in Utah, we always say “It’s not done until it is overdone.” So in the two weeks between Utah and Colorado, we went back to working hard on improving our robot. This included adding the ability to stack six totes high and tuning some of the software in order to achieve faster and smoother stacking. We also worked on designing and fabricating a “bin raker” in order to get bins off the step in autonomous. We weren’t going to let another bot like the RoboBroncs burgle a bin from right under our nose! With the last tweaks made the night before competition, we loaded up the trailer and prepared ourselves for another three days of fun and cheering. 

This Colorado Regional had so many amazing robots: we saw several extremely advanced land zone feeders such as 801 and 4499. We also saw many robots able to achieve a 3-tote autonomous, such as 1730. And we were again very impressed by 1339’s amazing raking (Peace, Love, Robots!). Our improvements implemented between the Utah and Colorado Regionals paid off, and we were fortunate to end up seeded first at the conclusion of the qualification matches.

When elimination matches arrived, we confidently chose Team 1730, Team Driven, and Team 4593, Rapid Acceleration to be our allied partners.  Throughout the eliminations, the other alliances certainly gave us a run for our money. Semifinal match 6 marked the great tug-of-war match between 4593 and Angelbotics. This was arguably one of our most exciting matches. Our alliance also scored a whopping 214 points in the first semifinal match, beating our last top score of 202. Congrats to teams 1723, 4499, and 5318 for making it to the finals to compete against us. We again were able to pull off a regional win, and now have a second blue banner in a single year to show for our hard work!  Aside from the regional win, we also won the Innovation in Control Award for the robot's well-tuned PID and the self running state machine used when loading totes from the feeder station.

Other than the competition itself, our team had a very active moshpit presence, cheering both our own and other team’s robots. Also, all of our members surely met new people and rejoined with old friends. Our team went Thursday night to a dinner with Angelbotics, and everyone had a blast. Friday night, we went to the yearly CO Regional social, at which the dancing was out of control. And finally on Saturday night we went to the traditional dinner at Red Robins for a night of bottomless (not so much) root beer floats with our medals around our necks. 

Our success in Colorado is not where it ends, however, as Team 1619 has to prepare for the world championship competition in St. Louis. We will continue working hard over the next three weeks, and hope to have as much fun in St. Louis as we did in Utah and Colorado. Yes, chute door!