This was certainly our best showing yet.
Our robot worked flawlessly throughout the entire event. We successfully hung an uber tube in every one of our matches, including all our practice matches on Thursday. We also didn't have a single electrical or mechanical issue, everything just worked. This allowed us to focus on adding "Nice-to-have" features to the software to allow the drive team better control of the robot, and to fine-tune our minibot deployment mechanism.
We played consistently well at this regional and our drive team really put up a fight. Nearly every round we completed a logo on the top rung with time to spare, but the match was typically decided by the minibots. Not having a working deployment mechanism or alliance partners with minibots was usually the only reason we didn't win a match.
Our efforts were recognized by Team 2067, Apple Pi of Guilford, CT. Our alliance was completed by Team 126, Gael Force of Clinton, MA. Our first match put us up against the number one seeded alliance (Teams 195, 1923, 155). The winner of this "best two out of three" quarter final moves on. Our alliances strategy in the first match did not work as well as planned, losing 123 to 50. Our team suggested we have one robot play defense to slow down the other alliance, this strategy worked much better as the final score showed, losing 89 to 81. This would have been a victory had our 2nd minibot been deployed to the pole.
It would have been nice to close on a higher note, but our team has grown tremendously this year and our future looks even brighter. Despite our loss, everyone walked away satisfied knowing how well we did this season. We built an awesome robot that played every aspect of the game. We proved to ourselves that we could be successful and that we certainly have what it takes to be a major contender.
First Robotics Competition Team 2168 (Aluminum Falcons) from Groton, CT play 4/1/2011 scoring the winning points at the buzzer. 237, 2064, 2168 VS 571, 743, 178
Montage of our practice matches the Thursday before the Hartford Regional.