The Robocubs performed well at the State Championship this weekend. Our robot, code, and driving continued to improve throughout the event and they closed out the event with three strong wins and outstanding performance from our robot. We are hopefully going to qualify for Worlds as we placed 33rd at the State Championship.
They announced the official ranking list and how many teams will move on to states. Team 1701 has moved on to the Michigan State Championship ranked 63rd, with 88 district points! The team is very excited to be moving on to states and we have made the necessary preparations for the trip!
Today the University of Detroit Jesuit hosted a Robofest competition not only for our small robotics teams or our outreach teams (from Gesu, Christ the King, and Most Holy Trinity) but for teams in the community. At this competition, there were 29 junior game teams, 2 senior exhibition teams, and 10 junior exhibition teams. This competition is the largest the school has ever hosted! This year the school moved the competition to the gym so we would have more space for teams. This worked out well and the competition stayed on schedule. At the competition, the entire FIRST robotics team volunteered to help set up the competition, help out during the competition, and clean up when the competition was over.
After finishing qualifiers, we were seeded fifth but we ranked first or second in the unofficial but standard measures of Offensive Power, Defensive Power, and Calculated Contribution to Winning Margin. The tournament high score for a qualifying round was set by Mercy, and Waterford Kettering, and us.
We ended up as captain of the 4th Alliance and picked 5053, the Lakers from OL of the Lakes in Waterford, and 2048, the Pink Panthers from the Detroit International Academy for Young Women. In Quarterfinals, we easily defeated the 5th alliance, which left us against the 1st seed–a very strong Mercy team along with their alliance partners–in Semifinals. In the most exciting round of the event, Mercy’s robot and one of our alliance robots ended up flipped over, but we ended up winning, followed by another close win to pull off the upset.
We lost the first Finals round against Waterford Kettering and their alliance partners and went into the second as the underdog. Both teams performed incredibly well in the second round, racking up the highest combined score of the tournament and one of the highest in the world so far this season, but the Cubs emerged victorious by a single point, 145-144.
Over the weekend, the Robocubs took the long journey down to Tippecanoe, Indiana. At this competition, we had instant success. We won our first match of the day and scored 4 ranking points! Later that day we hit a rough patch, which brought our record to 3-5. On Sunday, we were ready to win, and we won our remaining 4 matches, gaining 4 ranking points in each. Winning these matches allowed us to move up to 5th place. We ended up being the Captain of the 3rd seed alliance, and we drafted teams 3940 and 3147 to our alliance. We battled to siege the castle and won two quarterfinal matches allowing us to move on. In the semifinals, we faced a strong alliance, but due to a red card on the other alliance in the 3rd match, we moved on. In the finals, we were facing the #1 seeded alliance. We lost the first match 137-117. We won the 2nd match, our strategy worked flawlessly and the other team didn’t weaken the tower. In the third match, we had technical difficulties on two of our robots, and we lost the final battle. This was great practice, and we hope to win at Center Line!
We finished the qualifying rounds 19th out of 39 teams! In the quarterfinals, we were drafted by the 8th alliance, headed by the Livonia Warriors(2832), along with Knight Vision(3175). We had a great strategy, but lost the first round by only 5 points (100-105). After that round, we refined our strategy and scored an impressive 121 points, but this was not enough due to a last minute capture by alliance 1 bringing them to 138 points. We plan to refine our robot as we prepare for our week two competition, Tippecanoe, in Indiana! We hope to work with team 2832 and 3175 again in the future!
We have finished the prototype of our robot!
The season kicked off today and we met to see the challenge unveiled. Watch the video below:
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.