2015 Season Performance

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2015 Recycle Rush Recap!

2015 Recycle Rush Recap!

The FIRST Robotics Competition 2015 season has finally come to an end, following an extremely tense and creative build season, and various district and regional events!

Normality Zero would like to extend a thank you to all of our caring and generous mentors, sponsors, parents/guardians, students, and advisors! We could not have done it without you, and we truly appreciate your help!

 

This year’s game “Recycle Rush”

“…a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season”

 

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The Build Season (6 Week Period)

During the build season many ideas were thrown around, for the first 1-2 weeks team 2559 conducted many prototype tests, and researched multiple aspects of the game and it’s design. While the mechanical team was busy with prototyping, electrical and programming members quickly setup a trainer board composed of the kit of parts resources, and various electronic sensors. During the third week of build season, the final design was confirmed and students began to construct this year’s robot. The game elements posed some serious challenges to accuracy of the design, however, the team was able to quickly work around these challenges. The mechanical team ran into a few road bumps when the elevator mechanism did not accurately and consistently grab the trash-bin or tote, but a few revisions and two rotating mechanical arms later, the team had developed a system that would not fail. During the last two weeks of build season, the electrical control system was finally implemented into the mechanical chasis, time was almost running out, and there were still a few adjustments to be made to the robot. During the final week of build season minor adjustments and safety additions were made. Nearing the end of build season, students labeled all the connections to the robot, and added a protective glass, the robot was complete. The robot was dubbed “Courtney” for reasons, still unknown..

 

Hatboro Horsham District Event 

 

Early Friday morning students and mentors dragged themselves out of bed around 4 a.m. The team composed themselves and embarked on the journey to their first competition of the new season, the challenges were unknown, tension was high, and to top it off, there was a new drive team, that had yet to prove themselves. The team arrived in Horsham on a chilly evening and began to unload, and setup their pit area, everything seemed to be going well. The team ran into major trouble when the inspector marked the crucial Power Distribution Panel as faulty, the team was nervous. Amongst this chaos, mechanical mentor Bill stepped up to the plate, and obtained a secondary PDP unit, the day was saved! After a long nights rest back at the hotel the team headed to back to the field where the competition would begin! During the first initial rounds Normality Zero’s performance was not looking too good, however things started to look up after a few starting games. Team 2559 (that’s us) was quickly rising up, and did not have any major issues with the robot. The team played cooperatively with their alliances, and despite being outmatched in many cases, they pulled through with very climactic round ending win! At the end of the day Normality Zero was rank 6, and would be eligible to be an alliance captain the next day. After a major success the team enjoyed a dinner at Friendly’s, everyone was excited but no one was nearly as excited as our electrical mentor, Mr. Jacobs! The team headed back to the hotel “think tank” room where after hours of debate, the scout team finally came to consensus.  The next day was tense for the team, however the team pulled through and ended the days finishing in the semifinals.

Overall, team 2559 had an average qual score of 75.53 and an average playoff score of 78.33 and was rank 7!

 

Lenape Seneca District Event

Following the success at the previous district event the team headed off to Lenape Seneca, an event which was been a team favorite for the last three years. The team was hopeful at this event as we had our distinguished “A-Team” drive team competing at the event. Although the team fought valiantly they did not live up to their previous success, at the end of the first day team finished in the low 20’s. Despite this ranking, the team was still hopeful of their performance, the team enjoyed a nice dinner, and prepped for the next day. Alliance selection was nearing, and all team 2559 could do was hope that the ranked alliance captains would be able to recognize our talents, with a very dramatic final selection under wraps, team members were desperately hoping for their number to be called… and it … was! Team 2559 was selected by the rank 2 alliance! Normality Zero’s team work, cooperation, and history would be rewarded by this selection! However the day was not over yet, the final matches were underway, and Normality Zero knew that they would soon have to face a team of power house robots. The final two alliances went head to head as robots from both sides of the field setup their stacks, the matches were close, and dramatic to watch, however in the end the opposing alliance had won the day! Despite being disappointed, Normality Zero and their alliance members shouted the winning team’s name, which would soon be rewarded! Normality Zero had won the finalist award, and when called to present it, the arena shouted “Why Be Normal?”, a true testament of gracious professionalism in FIRST robotics!

Team 2559 was Rank 28 with an average qual score of 53.25 and an average playoff score of 90.86 and won the following awards:

  • District Event Finalist

MAR Championship Event (Lehigh University)

The championship event that the top teams in the region are invited to, MAR championship. Team 2559 was tired after fighting hard for the last month and half, but going to the final event would be worth it! The team left the school site in style as they rode away in new suburban vehicles. The team reached Lehigh University to play their qualification matches, they were up against the best of the best. At the end of the day, despite holding on valiantly Normality Zero would be defeated during the qualification matches, and would not advance to selection.. However despite this loss, the team realized that they had put their best foot forward, and learned won the greater reward of FIRST, experience.

Team 2559 was Rank 27 with an average qual score of 117.25

 

 

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The 2015 game season was a great learning curve for many of the younger members of the team, and a great way to say good bye to the team members who have worked tirelessly over the past four years, the team could not have functioned as well as it does today, without them! Normality Zero has gained valuable experience this year, and has discovered new techniques and practices, which will be implemented next season! Next year will provide a new challenge, and students will step up to combat these challenges. Normality Zero will continue to strive for greatness during the off-season, thank you for following us on this journey, and good luck to the graduating team members!