2018 March

Las Vegas Regional Day 1 and 2
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Our Gucci drive team is preparing to impress our Versace team in the stands.

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Power Cube in hand, Joystick is ready to demolish the other teams.

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Double climb in action!

Originally, during the first day of the Las Vegas Regional our robot Joys[Ti]ck was overweight. It needed to be under 120 lbs, so the team had to Swiss cheese (cut holes in the robot) and replace parts in order to reach the requirement. In the end, the team just barely made it and the robot ended up at 119.9 lbs.

We were successful in 3 out of 5 of our practice matches.

Leading into Day 2, we started off shaky, but ultimately pulled it together. In one expectational match, the team received the maximum number of points from the autonomous period as well as from the exchange. Our climber has been consistent in its performance. In one case, we accomplished a double climb with one of our alliance partners. After Day 2, the team won 4 games and lost 5. We are now ranked 19th out of 44 teams.

Furthermore, Business Vice President Joshua Duncan, Public Relations Kimia Hassibi, and Engineering Captain Stella Yao presented for the Chairman’s Award. The winner will be announced tomorrow during the awards ceremony.

Stay tuned!

Roll Out

Before the final twenty-four hours of build season, we unveiled our robot to the community, displaying its mechanisms and the multiple steps along the way to its creation. The event began with food, drinks, and mingling amongst robots from previous competitions.

People get food as Mr. Lehman reaches out to shake Mr. French's hand.

People get food as Mr. Lehman reaches out to shake Mr. French’s hand.

Once people had gotten their food, the event continued in the career center, where a presentation was made introducing the game, explaining logistics, and ultimately revealing the robot, Joys[Ti]ck.

Visitors watch the robot reveal video, anticipation building.

Visitors watch the robot reveal video, anticipation building.

Presidents Shawn and Jacob reveal the robot.

Presidents Shawn and Jacob reveal the robot.

After a brief explanation of the robot’s abilities, it was taken outside to display its talents in action. Visitors looked on in awe and cheered the whole way through! After a successful climb and some shots at manipulating Power Cubes, we all went inside to show off the competition robot for this year. Each year, we strive to build two identical robots–one for post-build-season practice, and the other to bag for competition. This year we had almost completely built our first robot before deciding to have our second one be the competition robot rather than the practice, which we would have been able to build after bag and tag day. Subsequently, we began building our competition bot on the last Friday of season and it was not ready to show off for Roll Out. Instead we demonstrated tasks with our practice bot and allowed people to view our competition bot afterward, though it was incomplete.

Prac[Ti]ce climbs.

Prac[Ti]ce climbs.

Prac[Ti]ce picks up a power cube.

Prac[Ti]ce picks up a power cube.

Joys[Ti]ck on exhibition.

Joys[Ti]ck on exhibition.

Overall, rollout was a huge success and we look forward to competitions to come!

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