The U of D Jesuit Robocubs demonstrated our Aerial Assist robot to over 750 Detroit Public School students on Thursday, May 29, at the Detroit Grand Prix Education Day on Belle Isle. Along with FRC teams from Cody High School, Cass Tech High School, and East English Village Preparatory Academy, we had a chance to operate our robot for pre-K and 5th graders and talk about the science involved in building a robot. These students also went to a variety of other “laps” around the Penske tent where they did a number of science activities; we were honored to be part of the event. Students and Robocubs alike also got a chance to watch race and stock car drivers’ practice laps around the Detroit Grand Prix track.
On April 24, as part of Ford’s Bring Your Child to Work Day, the Robocubs demonstrated their Aerial Assist robot along with three other teams. We spent the morning showing off our robot with the other teams, had our picture taken with a Ford thermal imaging camera, and then got a tour of the very impressive technologies at the Ford research and innovation center. Thanks Team 280 TNT for inviting us!!
Our Livonia event played out much like our Southfield event. After winning the UL Hardhat award for safety, we were picked by the 8th alliance, and were glad to join up with teams 2620, the Titans, and 3542 SPEED. We were then knocked in the quarter-finals after two hard fought matches against the 1st alliance. We happy to help our alliance partners work through a couple of problems, but in the end we were defeated. However, all was not lost, and during the awards ceremony, we were awarded the Delphi Engineering Excellence award, which “celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature”. As the team looks forward to next weekend in Bedford, we hope to see you there.
With our first competition, the Southfield district, over we headed home ready to start tweaking and and improving our robot before the Livonia district competition. At Southfield, we ran into some unexpected problems with sensors, but we managed to be picked to join the 6th alliance with our friends on teams FRC 835, The Sting and on FRC 247, Da Bears. We were knocked out of elimination matches in quarter finals, but we had a lot of fun getting there. During the course of the competition we were privileged enough to win two different awards, both being won for the second year in a row. The first of these wards was the #1 in Pit Safety award, and the second being the Motorola Quality award. We are very grateful to have been picked, and to have won these awards, and we look forward to seeing all of you in Livonia.
Last Saturday we were lucky enough to be invited out to Bedford to un-bag, and practice with all of our friends on team 1023 Bedford Express. We had an amazing time, and got some extremely useful practice in that involved some of the cooperating elements of Aerial Assist. We look forward to seeing some more of our friends Friday and Saturday at the Southfield District.
Our robot went into the bag last night and was sealed up for competition. Here’s what it did the first time we tried it out, complete: