Buckeye Regional Qualification Rounds

O-zone started off again bright and early at 7:40 this morning. Lots of teams were already at the Wolstein center when we arrived, waiting for the doors to open. The scouts still got their optimal scouting location but the rest of the team had to sit in another spot. Despite being torn into 2 groups the team still showed amazing spirit! Besides some minuscule connection issues, scouting on smartphones worked very well. Available team members scouted 10 matches a shift and then switched off. Towards the end of the day the team stopped scouting because many members were needed to work on the robot and we had enough data to predict defenses correctly.

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All Smiles in the Pit!

All Smiles in the Pit!

Upon entering the pit today, the safety captain discovered that team 4611 received a happy face slip of paper! This means that the team did a great job cleaning up the pit last night and making sure everything was safe. After this, all the teams at the competition packed into the stands for the opening ceremony. FIRST crew members that run the event showed a video by the founders of FIRST and Dr. Woodie Flowers himself came out on the field and gave a speech about true education. The Cleveland Indians mascot, Slider, judges, safety advisers and referees also came out and were recognized. Some of the game rules were explained and teams watched a safety animation parody. Parodies like these were shown throughout the day. An alumni video was played talking about scholarships FIRST leads to. Dean’s list semifinalists were also recognized.

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

O-zone lost their first qualification match of the day but won 1 ranking point. In the match a chain broke and the wheel shooter was not 100% powered. After these problems were fixed in the pit it was time to queue up for the second match in which the team won and gained 3 ranking points. While in queue for the next match a tire popped and a bent motor caused a wheel to be misaligned. However, the drive team pushed through and had perfect aiming! The team increased to rank 14 by making 2 high goals and breaching 2 defenses, all with a flat tire! After making a parts run to a nearby bicycle shop the tire was replaced and the team queued up for another match. Unfortunately, we lost this match but won 1 ranking point. We lost communication because a radio was plugged in loosely but were able to get it back later in the match and park the robot under the castle in an attempt to siege. Then, it was time for a lunch break. Some midday ceremonies included a mentor parade and the presentation of the Woodie Flowers Award. Matches started back up and O-zone lined up for their match. While running in autonomous the robot bounced over the rock wall and into the driver’s station wall, judges determined that the robot might damage the field and so they e-stopped the robot without letting drivers finish the match, this caused the team to drop many ranks. Luckily, team 4611 made a great recovery next round, going up in ranking and making a high goal. Later on, it was time for the team’s final match of the day! A text was sent out for all team members to meet up in the stands to cheer on the robot, Margo. Drivers prepared by strategizing with allies. They played amazingly and won the final match rising up to rank 31.

Changing the Tire

Changing the Tire

Setting Up for a Match

Setting Up for a Match

Programmers continued to work on visual acquisition throughout the day but it never worked as seamlessly as the team would have liked it to. In the final match Margo was attempting to go over the cheval de frise and did make it over but struggled doing so. The team had the idea to mount a camera on the other side of the robot pointing at the forklift so the drivers can see how far they are away from the cheval de frise and adjust accordingly and not use visual acquisition anymore.

Mounting Second Camera

Mounting Second Camera

At the end of the day it was time to meet up for the closing ceremony. More parody videos were shown and the volunteer of the year award along with the imagery award were given out. A team meeting was conducted before a pizza dinner at the hotel reviewing how matches went today. A solid end to the qualification matches, go Margo!

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