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Sydney Regional 2016! Go The Drop Bears!

posted 19 Dec 2016, 20:40 by Shamik Patel   [ updated 19 Dec 2016, 20:41 ]


From the 17th until the 19th of March the Drop Bears competed in the FRC Sydney Regional. Thursday was all about testing, debugging and driver training. We started out by setting up the pits so we could work on our robot. Then the robot signage was put up by the mechanical section, so everyone could see who our wonderful sponsors are. The software section got to try out their code on a real field for the first time, allowing them to tune vision code and improve the driving experience. The drivers played some practice matches, giving them some experience handling and controlling the robot when in the high stress and low visibility environment in the driver station.

Friday was the first day of the qualification matches. We had some trouble with the swerve modules due to some design flaws from the manufacturing, but once fixed they worked to our needs. Software continued to tune their autonomous code, and on Friday we got close to an autonomous goal… We were one of the few teams in the regional that was able to reliably score goals into the high goal. By the end of Friday, we had 3 wins and 3 losses

Saturday was when things really heated up. In spite of some major problems with the swerve drives, the Drop Bears managed to notch up a couple more wins before alliance selections at noon. We were selected as the first pick on the Team 4537 – the RoboRoos. Though we were eliminated in our second match of eliminations with our alliance, we managed to score our first autonomous goal – a great advantage going into the Hawaii regional. You can see footage of it here:

During the awards ceremony, the Drop Bears took home a major engineering award. The award “…Celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical or software – to provide unique machine functions.” It was awarded to us for our use of a swerve drive – we were one of the only teams at the competition that had the ability to move in all directions – as well as for our autonomous routine, which makes use of some intelligent software that not only gets us points in autonomous but assists the driver with lining up their shots during the teleoperated period.

The Drop Bears are looking forward to competing in the Hawaii regional competition from March 31 to April 2. While it is running, the livestream will be available here:http://www.thebluealliance.com/gameday#layout=2&view_0=2016hiho-1

Aloha Hawaii!

By Arthur Allshire

Dattza the Drop Bear, getting into the medieval spirit of the theme!

Dazza the Drop Bear, getting into the medieval spirit of the theme!