What started out as an idea for a class demo of the robot to a freshman science class turned into a four period lobby presentation to students from Mrs. D’Onofrio, Mrs. Purdy and Mrs. Shea’s classes (and the rest of the school looking over the railing). Well done!
The team did a great job with a booth at the 2014 Spring Festival. It all came together on very short notice. We sold some FIRST LED bulbs, signed up a few students to start an FLL team, showed U-turn, Scorpio and VEX robots and may have recruited some new mentors and sponsors. Here are some pictures:
The name came from the original scorpion-like pincers that dominated the front end of the robot. The blocker added a stinger like appendage. We’ve since straightened the “pincers” but the name remains.
This is the first version minus the bumpers.
Kitty is what used to be “Puppy”. A group of about a dozen students updated Puppy – our 2012 FRC robot – by removing the basketball shooter assembly, repairing the chassis, chain drive and bumpers, and recycling some parts. There is still some more work to be done after the holiday break to turn Kitty into a generic/all purpose programming, development, and test driving platform.
Held on Saturday November 23, 2013 at WPI – Simply put, this was awesome! We had 4 teams going in; finished the qualifier with seeds 2, 4 and 5; had all four teams in the elimination rounds; and ended the competition with awards for second place and the Play of the Day. Along the way we had a tied semi-finals match decided on a 3rd level tie-breaker and a machine that beat the competition by playing stellar defense. Anything is possible! I hope everyone was inspired and entertained.
I had too many pictures and too little time to cull and upload here so I dropped them on my web site.
And I’ve uploaded some unedited videos of a few matches onto our youtube channel.