At the end of 2016, we resolved to work harder, accomplish more, and go to championships in 2017. We did this, and more!
Our team participated in the FIRST STEAMworks competition games, building a robot designed to collect gears and deliver them to one of our players located on a platform located inside of the playing field. After retrieving the gears, they were placed to enable four rotors to function and allow our airship to "fly." Though we could also have designed our robot to collect balls for additional fuel (points), we decided to solely-leverage gear collection because of the significantly-higher point value of the gears. This decision also enabled our robot to have a smaller footprint than most of our competitors, which boded well for easy maneuvering around other robots, faster field speed, and extremely quick rope climbing.
We started the competition season in March by first attending our home competition, the Finger Lakes Regional, competing against more than 45 teams. After qualification rounds, we were ranked in 11th place, but we were feeling confident and were chosen as first alliance by the top-ranked team in the competition, Lockport's Team 1507. We left this competition as Finalists and Industrial Design Award winners, and we earned a wild-card spot to go to Northern World Championships later in the season.
Next, we travelled to the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, OH to compete against more than 60 FRC teams. Partnering with our friends from Spencerport's FRC Team 3015, we were competition Champions, and we also won the competition's Excellence in Engineering Award. Watch our final matches here: Final 1 and Final 2.
Just two weeks later, we travelled to St. Louis, MO to compete in the FRC Northern World Championships against hundreds of other teams from around the world. We competed in the Daly division and battled our way to the quarter-finals.
Based on these successes, we were then invited to attend the Indiana Robotics Invitational in Indianapolis, IN in July. This is a competition for the best-of-the-best FRC teams from the season's competitions, and we competed against teams from across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. We had a great time, and we rounded out this competition as semi-finalists.