Theme: On the Road to Victory Competition: Silicon Valley Regional and Davis Sacramento Regional Robot: Charlie
This year was a year full of new things, starting off with new co-presidents and organizational skills. When the local Sacramento teams gathered at UC Davis to watch the Kickoff broadcast on January 6th, the next six weeks of build could not have been any shorter. We decided this year we would help the community out more by mentoring a rookie FRC team, 2156 (the Wire Freaks), and also holding a practice day, where 6 local teams came to play on our makeshift field for a whole day. After those six weeks were over, we were ready for our next challenge: The Competition. Our first stop was Silicon Valley, which ended up being our 'practice regional.' Of course, we had fun living in the hotel for a few days, but the competition was where the real fun began. Being able to experience Silicon Valley for the first time for the majority of the team was great; Rookies got a taste of the regional, while our robot and drive team got a taste of competition. We made it to quarterfinals, being invited to the Alliance 4 by 1070 (Royal Robotrons) and 254 (the Cheesy Poofs) as their third alliance partner. Despite the loss in Silicon Valley, we had high hopes for our next competition, the Sacramento Regional. Going into the regional, we had high expectations for ourselves and we intended on making our expectations come true. After 10 qualification matches, we were at 2 wins and 8 losses. Despite our low seed, we were able to still show that we were a good team and had a good robot. We were invited to join Alliance 3, composed of 1351 (TKO) and 1280 (the Raging Seabiscuits). We were so ecstatic to go on to the quarterfinals! We won 2-0, progressing onto semifinals we went. Despite our wonderful alliance and great strategy, we lost 1-2 (read "Can't Defeat Fate"). In Davis, we were able to woo the judges with our wings that supported our "Charles Angels" theme and we received the Judges Award on Friday. Our team was able to show its' full potential this year. We do not know what lies ahead, but we do know that whatever it is, we will take the challenge and prove to everyone who doubts that we can do it - even if we are girls!
The Game - Rack 'N' Roll
The main objective in this game is to place one of three types of tubes ("Ringers", "Keepers", "Spoilers") on the Rack which contains 24 "spider legs" in a tic-tack-toe formation. Each team, one red and one blue, is placed on a three-team alliance, making a total of six robots on the field at once. There are two scoring periods: the first period is at the beginning for 15 seconds, called the "Autonomous Mode." In the "Auton" period, the alliance can place a "Keeper" on the rack and during the game, that "Keeper" can not be removed or "Spoiled". In order for the robot to detect where to place the "Keepers", a color vision tracking system is used. The second period, which is two minutes long, the robots place "Ringers" to earn points on the rack and "Spoilers" to cancel the other team's points out. You earn points by placing the "Ringers" in consecutive columns or rows. Each team can earn more points by, at the end of the match, being lifted 4" or more inches off the ground by another robot.
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