The 2014-2015 FIRST Robotics competition was Recycle Rush, a game that required robots to stack totes and cans for points. The game is played by two teams of 3, with the opposing sides sealed off. The objective was to stack as many totes as possible, and we had the option of placing a can on top of the stack for bonus points. In addition, we could also score points with pool noodles (litter) by throwing them onto the opposing teams side with the human player. Our strategy was to make stacks of four and put cans on top of them.
After six weeks of hard work, we built “o[Ti]s”, a robot with a two-piston pivot system with a lifting mechanism that could move the arms up and down. We used this to grab totes and cans (with considerable force, if I may add) and lift them to create stacks.
We went to the Los Angeles Regional and the Las Vegas Regional, earning 18th place and 22nd place, respectively. We also won the Quality award in LV, the most prestigious engineering-based award achieved by the team, and the Imagery Award at LA, something the team’s business and design groups have been working towards for the past four years.