The win at WPI

 WPI winners

came from a combination of a great defensive robot and superb driving skills.

The shooting mechanism for the robot fires frisbees through slots to score points. Our shooting mechanism at WPI was not as effective as some of the other teams, so between the two competitions, the shooter mechanism was completely redesigned.

The Phoenix rises at Connecticut Regional

At the Connecticut Regional at Hartford Convention Center, our improved robot, The Phoenix, became a powerful scoring machine. We qualified in the 6th place with 6 wins out of 8 matches, and formed an alliance for the elimination rounds with our design partners, Team 228 Gus Robotics from Meriden.

In the first quarter final , the opposition alliance included Team 236, The Techno Ticks from Old Lyme. The Ticks managed a superb 30 point climb up the tower at the end of the heat, and their alliance won the match. In the second match, our alliance fought back, and won decisively, scoring an excellent 139 points. We repeated that score in the third match, with The Phoenix scoring a personal best 61 points. This would have been a winning score, except that a member of our alliance was adjudged to have committed a technical foul. This gave a 50 point bonus to the opposition alliance which was enough to allow them to win the match.

View from the robot

A disappointing finish to another great performance from our team, but we now advance to the World Championships in St. Louis knowing that we have a robot that is ready to compete at the higest level.



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