For the 2013-2014 Robotics competition, Aerial Assist, our strategy was to pick up a ball, throw it over the truss, and catch a ball from another robot’s toss. We made a robot that had two prongs on the front that could load the ball into a catapult on the top. Because the robot looked like a snail when it was holding a ball, we named it Turbo, referencing the movie that came out the previous year.
We initially made the prongs out of PVC pipe, but this material proved to be too fragile during matches at the Inland Empire Regional. After the competition, we replaced them with metal versions.
At the 2014 Los Angeles Regional, we were selected to form an alliance with Team 3970: Duncan Dynamics and Team 4201: The Vitruvian Bots. We swept through quarter finals and we made history by advancing to Semi-Finals for the first time in ten years. Additionally, we won the Industrial Safety award, which is given to the team with the safest procedures, and the Entrepreneurship award, which is given to the team with the most clear and appealing business plan.