Team Illusion 4464 Wins the DC Regional Tournament on March 30, 2014! We're going to Worlds in St. Louis!!!
We were absolutely blown away when we were picked by the top two ranked robotic teams at the DC Regional, Team 225 Tech Fire and Team 1731 Fiesta Valley. Then we enjoyed the incredible ride through the finals until our Alliance won the tournament. It was a wild 4 days of ups and downs, and the final matches were nail biters.
We just finished out first full day of competition for the 2014 season of Aerial Assist, We are competing at the DC Regional being hosted at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Our robot did very well though it had some trouble with two motors that we had to work on at the end of the day. We have really appreciated all the help other teams have provided for us, particularly Team 449 from Blair High School.
Here is a photo of our brand new Team Illusion 4464 Polo Shirt! It will really great to have the bright red shirts with the black top hats at the regional tournaments!
Since we Bagged and Tagged our Robot on February 18, 2014, we have been busy working on learning about Scouting, prepping our Chairman's Award video and presentation and building another Bot so that we can continue to learn and practice.
Close-ups of our 2014 Robot
Here is a series of photos showing the details of our 2014 robot - it doesn't have the bumpers on it, and the electrical board was reorganized after these photos were done, but it's basic look is the same as the final product.
Now that our robot is bagged and tagged we will be spending time working on building another bot with which to test code. It won't be identical to our gorgeous finished 2014 Robot, but it will have enough functionality to allow us to work on code and some other things. It will also give us more opportunity to work with team members on the various details of the robot, teaching them more about electrical and mechanical issues.
In addition to working on the code we will be preparing our Pit for the tournaments, making our banner, poster boards, and a lot of other materials that we will hand out during the tournaments. It will be an excellent time for the team members to refresh their memories of all the amazing things we've accomplished over the 2014 Build Season.
Last Night, Lots of Junk Food, Time to Test Code!
Well, the Big End Of Build Season is upon us! The team is gathered around the robot, making small adjustments and ensuring the wiring is accurate and placed correctly. The time to TEST CODE is here! We are now starting the time consuming yet critical process of testing the JAVA code that will control each aspect of the robot's movement and function.
Redoing the Electrical Board to Make Things Neater and Easier to Access
Our mentor Eli came and realized that we needed to redo our electrical board so that we would be able to access the board during competitions. There were many confusing and muddled wires so Eli helped the team members redo the wiring in a logical and safe way.
There are definitely challenges in having a compact robot. Some of those include the necessity to organize all wires, pneumatics and cylinders so that nothing gets crimped or destroyed.
3D Photosynth of our Robot!
Here is a photosynth of our robot on Monday, 2/17/14, the day before the last day of build season 2014. This allows you to zoom in and around the robot, viewing details and getting a 3D view. This is a wonderful addition to our media library of information about the robot.
Detail Work at the End of Build Season
The Team Illusion 4464 Mechanical, Electrical and Controls team are now working on the precise detail work. Many very small changes are necessary as parts are put onto the robot. When one part is successfully attached the robot it often necessitates the adjustment of another part's placement. This is very important in the creation of such a compact robot.
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