Updates on the team and more!
The West Michigan Robotics Invitational will be taking place on October 29th. It is a Saturday. It officially starts at 8:30am but we will be getting there earlier, just like with every competition. If you're part of the ahead team getting the robot there, they will be accepting it the day before from 6 to 9 pm.
It will be taking place at the Zeeland West High School. The address is 3390 100th Av. Zeeland MI, 49464
Teaser images and gifs of the next years game have been released. It is called Steamworks, with a steampunk theme. The kickoff date this year is January 7th, a Saturday. A video link to a youtube trailer is below, and one of the teaser images is here.
Interested in joining our team? You can learn about us at our open house on June 14th at 7:00 to 8:30 pm. You will be able explore CAD (Computer Aided Design), programming, marketing, electronics, and even drive a robot! It is located at our build space at 5300 Corporate Grove Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. We hope to see you there!
This was an amazing season! We competed at three district events, bringing home the gold at two. We also have received the Innovation in Control Award, Excellence in Engineering Award, and two Creativity Awards. We qualified for the World Championship and ranked 9th in the Carver Division. We were chosen by the 5th seed, Team 5460: Strike Zone, and together we chose Team 85: BOB and Team: 1746 OTTO. The alliance made it on to the semifinals. Our team was within the top 10% of teams at the World Championship and the top 2% nationally. We'd like to thank all of the sponsors that made this wonderful year possible.
This season has been out of this world so far! So far we have competed at three district events.
Our first event was the Tippecanoe District Event in Indiana as a practice competition. We were ranked ten at the end of qualification matches and were the seventh alliance captain. Our team chose Team 1741: Red Alert and Team 2171: RoboDogs. We made it to the semi-finals but ended up having a mechanical problem, causing the alliance to be knocked out of the competition. The team still was able to get the Creativity Award due to our unique high/low goal shooter design.
With some fixes made to Catalina, we competed at the Lansing/Mason District Event. Catalina worked better than we had expected and we were the second alliance captain. Our picks were Team 2959: Robotarians and Team 5502: Cobrots. Our alliance fought our way to the winner's circle. Along with bringing home a blue banner, our team received the Excellence in Engineering Award.
Next, our team competed at the East Kentwood District Event. After eighty matches of qualifications, our team found itself as the second alliance captain again. Our team chose Team 2771: Code Red Robotics/Stray Dogs and Team 4409: Ground Zero to join us. In the quarterfinals, our alliance put up a score of 221 points. This was a new world record! The alliance followed this feat with a blue banner. Our team also was awarded the Innovation in Control Award due to our high goal autonomous mode.
With three awards and two district wins, our team has qualified for the state championship. You can find videos of all of these events at https://www.youtube.com/user/cometsrobotics
I am happy to inform all of you that The COMETS have made remarkable progress so far in the build season.
Our main chassis is nigh complete (just a couple problems left to iron out), and the primary driver who will be operating it will be announced soon. As for all secondary apparatus on our bot, they are still under development, but should be finished soon enough, and then determination of who will be the secondary driver can begin.
Team apparel should be delivered over the course of the week, and will hopefully be handed out come the end of the week.
Until next time,
Hey everyone! In case you did not know, the marketing team put out some new apparel for this year. The document is attached below. It is due Tuesday (1/19/16).
This Saturday we will be having the Kickoff of our 2016 Season.
This is the most exciting day of the season, a small celebration of the start of our main season, as well as the beginning of stress and hard work for students, mentors, and parents.
The name of the game this year is Stronghold. Besides a few other medieval hints (a team banner, a castle picture being revealed, and the name Stronghold), little is known of the game. Ideas have been thrown around, a lot centered around a head to head, bot on bot, contact game, in contrast to the previous year's game.
See you at Kickoff, and later at our competitions!
Thank you for your interesting in the robotics program of Forest Hills school district. For all new students interested in joining I've opened up the students registration with FIRST. The registration process is three steps:
1) create a user name and password
2) register the student
3) electronic sign the consent form
To start the process goto https://my.usfirst.org/stims/Login.aspx and remember our team number is 3357
Hi, Max Moore here, with an update on the current state of our robotics team.
Build season sure has flown by, and we're already nearing the end. Our bot has faced some rough delays, but is nearing completion, capable of making a complete six stack with barrel (which is really good). Without any further delays, our bot will be ready Tuesday for bagging. Yesterday, we headed over to Code Red and showed off our bot while admiring the work of other robotics teams. We saw a lot of great talent, but we are unmatched (in my opinion).
Important dates to look forward to are our competitions. They come as follows:
February 27-28th, Howell. 26th for ahead team*
March 20-21st, Grand Valley State University. 19th for ahead team*
See you there!
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