Author: Lucy Nguyen
On Saturday, October 21st, was our first OCCRA competition. On last Thursday, October 26th, was our second. In the first OCCRA competition, our team won our first two games and lost the last two. In the second OCCRA competition, we lost four.
The drive team consist of Michael, our drive coach, Zach, our main driver, Paul, our operator, and lastly, Lillian, our human player. Our tactic and control made up for what we lacked in our conveyor system. We adapted to a more defensive plan: Moving all of the trash cans to difficult to reach places and getting in the way of other bots. The valiant efforts of our building team made sure that the robot lasted until our third match, which was, unfortunately, its last match that day. Our team consist of mostly new members, which means that many members are still kind of inexperienced in some areas compared to other teams. The teams' photographers are Lucy and Jenna. They spend their time at the competitions photographing the action on the field. Additionally, the 2612 Corsairs Robotics volunteered to be queues. Elena and Jenna worked very hard, bringing and queuing the teams for matches, as well as cleaning up in between them. As for Ms. Klopmann, our lead mentor, she acted as a referee for our first competition. 2612 Corsair Robotics is currently hard at work improving the robots and our teamwork in anticipation for the coming up OCCRA game on Saturday!
Author: Lucy Nguyen
2017 OCCRA Team
SOS live, an event hosted by Ruth Johnson, the Michigan Secretary of State, was held on Saturday, October 7th. The open house featured a number of things like putt-putt golf, climbing walls, services for veterans and senior citizens, Michigan's new voting machine and more. Most notable of all the attractions was the driving simulators, which included Rollovers, Crash Impact, Distracted and Impaired Driving, Motorcycles and more! The 2612 Corsairs Robotics team also had the honor of participating as an attraction. We showcased our last FRC Robot.
Our previous and best Robot so far was made for gathering balls and shoot them into hoops. First, the robot drives around gathering up the balls via a system of collectors and roll the balls up into two built-in boxes, each equipped with an agitator. Once these two spaces are filled, the drivers would drive the robot to an appropriate position to shoot these balls into the goal. They turn on the shooter and allow it to spin and pick up the speed before turning on the agitator, which spins the ball onto the shooter and launch them into the target rapidly.
It was an exciting and eventful open house and our robot managed to garner quite a bit of attention. We received a wide variety of audience, ranging from wide-eyed and amazed toddlers to enthusiastic adults. We got everything from well-wishers to curious-triers to some amazing people who gave us plenty of great advice and helpful comments to improve the robot. We even managed to grab the attention of the Secretary of State herself.
Overall, it was an extraordinary and learning experience for 2612 Corsair Robotics Team.
Let's go, Corsair!
Author: Lucy Nguyễn
OCCRA season has officially begun! Which means team 2612, Corsair Robotics is off to the workshop yet again!
This year our team is composed of mostly newcomers, which means our seniors this year share the difficult task of tutoring and catching us up! It is very fortunate that all of our older team members are very experienced and dedicated. We are now in the process of building our Robots for the current OCCRA game!
Said OCCRA game is named Trash Can Jam! The goal is to is to pick up 8.5 inches tennis balls, put them in the trash cans and push them to the loading station where the human players can load the balls into the junkyard and repeat the process.
Team 2612 Corsair Robotics is looking forward to proving ourselves again!
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman