Upcoming Las Vegas Competition
San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics has recently concluded its six-week build season in preparation for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Power Up. In anticipation of upcoming competitions, the team has been preparing for matches using their practice robot. So far, they have updated the design of their intake to more efficiently grab Power Cubes and accommodate for the maximum height of the scale that they place the cubes onto. Titanium Robotics’ drive team has been strategizing their gameplan for tele-op, or the human-operated portion of an FRC match, while programmers have been fine-tuning the robot’s autonomous procedure. Overall, everything is coming together for the team as they near their competitions. Programming Captain Kyle Weng explains, “Competition’s always an exciting time– to be fair, it’s also filled with a bunch of stress– but it allows a lot of our team members, especially newer ones, to get a big-picture view of our robot’s role in the context of working together with other FRC teams.”
In FIRST Power Up, to gain points, two alliances—each consisting of three teams—control robots that accomplish certain tasks on the playing field. Following an 8-bit retro theme, the challenge requires teams to place Power Cubes, or milk crates, onto scales located in the center and opposite ends of the field. Whichever alliance places more Power Cubes on their side of a scale scores points. In the last 30 seconds of the match, teams may have their robots climb a tower on the center scale to gain significantly more points.
Titanium Robotics will be going to the Las Vegas Regional from March 21st to March 24th and the Aerospace Valley Regional from April 4th to April 7th. Members aim to win at least one of the two competitions in order to make it to the FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas. “I think that competition season will, like always, be really fun, as well as a learning experience for the team to see how we can improve and for future engineers to get more practice in this field of work. I think the first competition at Las Vegas will go smoothly as long as we keep ourselves composed and work as a team. We have an excellent drive team this year, and I believe that they will do a fantastic job!” summarizes Electrical Captain Wesley Su.
About Titanium Robotics
Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of over 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design, and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org