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Competition overview

posted Aug 3, 2013, 11:49 PM by Up-A-Creek Robotics   [ updated Aug 5, 2013, 10:07 PM ]

Hey Up-A-Creek, 

With the build season over and the competition coming up quick, here is a last review of the game to refresh your memory. The game for the First Robotics Competition in 2011 is LogoMotion. As always, the game consists of two alliances of three teams each and is played on a 27 foot by 54 foot field. At either side of the field there are sets of scoring pegs in a 3 x 3 square. The goal of the game is for each robot to pick up the game pieces, inner tubes in the shape of the elements of the First logo, and to place them on the scoring pegs. Our method for placing the tubes is an arm and a gripper that picks up the game pieces and places them amazingly. With the height of the arm and the ease of using the gripper, we are able to place the tubes on all three scoring racks to earn as many points as possible.

During the autonomous mode at the beginning of the match, our robot uses awesome sensors to follow lines that lead to the scoring pegs. Autonomous is important because every tube that we place during the autonomous mode is worth extra points. Software did an amazing job this year using both the sensors for the tape on the floor and the camera for the drivers to be able to see. After autonomous, the drivers begin to control the robots and pick up the game pieces from the human player.

One of the difficulties of this game is that the robots need to move quickly across the field and around other robots in order to place as many tubes as possible. For the first time ever, we have a working mecanum drive on our robot so we’re quick and agile.  At the end of the match, robots move to the four poles in the middle of the field and deploy their MiniBots. Our solution for deploying was the beautiful and terrifying Kneellotine, a plate that automatically adjusts itself around the pole and deploys the MiniBot as simply and as quickly as possible. The MiniBots race to the top of the pole and the first one there gains 30 extra points. Second place is worth 20 points, third place is worth 15 points, and fourth place is worth 10 points. 

We all worked really hard during this year’s build season and I believe I can speak for all the mentors and myself when I say how proud I am. Our robot this year is truly a thing of beauty and we’re going to have a great time at the competition. See you there!

Written by Trish M. on March 9, 2011