The SHS CyberKnights competed March 16-18th at the FIRST Tech Valley Regional Event held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With its rapid fire turret dialed in, the robot was the first in the world to score 40 kPa in the autonomous mode. The CyberKnights were the #1 seed after qualification rounds and selected FIRST Robotics Team 20 The Rocketeers from New York and Team 6459 AG’Robotik from Istanbul, Turkey as their alliance partners. Due to a drive train breakdown of an alliance robot, the team ended their day as semifinalists of the event. A great time was had during awards ceremony where the CyberKnights won the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi for their awesome machine design.
Thank you to all our 1,000 Facebook fans that liked our FIRST Team 195: The CyberKnights page! Tell a friend and follow the team as we begin the 2017 competition season on March 4th and 5th in Waterbury, CT.
FIRST® STEAMWORKS, the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, invites two adventurers’ clubs, in an era where steam power reigns, to prepare their airships for a long distance race. Each three-team alliance prepares in three ways:
- Build steam pressure. Robots collect fuel (balls) and score it in their boiler via high and low efficiency goals. Boilers turn fuel into steam pressure which is stored in the steam tank on their airship – but it takes more fuel in the low efficiency goal to build steam than the high efficiency goal.
- Start rotors. Robots deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Once the gear train is complete, they turn the crank to start the rotor.
- Prepare for flight. Robots must latch on to their airship before launch (the end of the match) by ascending their ropes to signal that they’re ready for takeoff.
Each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate only on preprogrammed instructions. During this period, robots work to support the three efforts listed above and also get points for crossing their baseline.
During the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, the teleoperated period, student drivers control robots. Teams on an alliance work together to build as much pressure and start as many rotors as possible – but they have to be sure they leave enough time to latch on to their airship before the end of the match. Points for these efforts are awarded as shown in Table 2-2.
Table 2-2: Teleop Point Values
Alliances are seeded in the Qualification tournament using ranking points which are awarded based on a combination of their Win-Loss-Tie record (2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie), the number of times they reach a 40 kiloPascal (kPa) pressure threshold (1 point), and the number of times they start all rotors (1 point).
We welcome new students to the 195 Family!!!
Today the CyberKnights are leaving on a long bus ride to St. Louis Missouri for the FIRST Robotics World Championship event! 600 FIRST Robotics teams from around the world will compete for the title of World Champions. This event also has conferences, college fairs, and business exhibitions so it is an amazing experience for everyone who attends.
For the competition, the 600 teams are split into 8 “Subdivisions” which consist of about 75 teams each. These Subdivisions act the same as normal competitions where teams participate in Qualification rounds to determine rank then Elimination rounds to determine the Subdivision winners. The winners of each Subdivision then compete against each other on the field to determine the World Championship Winners!
The CyberKnights will be in the Newton Subdivision and are ready to represent Southington, CT to the world and perform our very best!!
General Championship info can be found here: http://championship.usfirst.org/FIRST-championship and we will post more info as competition match details are finalized. You can also follow our twitter for updates on our progress: www.twitter.com/FRCTeam195