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Unread 05-13-2018, 08:09 PM
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FRC 2655 Season Summary

The Flying Platypi had an outstanding and record-breaking season during FIRST PowerUP; building two completely different robots, with distinct game strategies, and soaring higher than we ever have before.

Our initial game strategy centered on the scale, so we built Level3; our 3-stage, self-tensioning, chain-driven lifter constructed on our West Coast Drive Base. We took Level3 to our first competition, NC’s Pitt County District Event; and, while our robot did not fare so well at this competition we were honored with the District Chairman’s Award.

Shortly after (the day after) this competition we sat down with our core design team and considered a radical idea: turning our 55”, 120lb scale bot into a 12”, 95lb switch/exchange specialist. The concept behind Bonus Level was formed as we realized we would simply not be competitive as a scale robot outside of North Carolina, and that our lifter, while fantastically designed, was not sustainable—as we had seen numerous technical issues during the Pitt County Event. We designed, CAD-ed, and prototyped the concept within 3 days, and finally used our 6 hours’ unbag time to strip the lifter, put our new system on the existing drive base, and make Bonus Level a reality—and just in time for our next event.

We took Bonus Level to its first event at the UNC Pembroke District and, while we didn’t fare much better in the competition, we were awarded Delphi’s Excellence in Engineering Award for our drastic transition. This marked the first time our team had won a robot-based award in its entire history.

Next, with the kinks worked out of our new bot, and some improvements made, we went to our third and final district event: the NC Forsyth County District. Here we finished first place and, alliancing with 1533 Triple Strange and 5762 The Franklinbots, we swept through eliminations undefeated winning the event. Our team was also honored with the Entrepreneurship Award and the UL Safety Award for our outstanding culture of safety.

As we moved on to NC’s State Championships, we were awarded the Entrepreneurship Award and—after a nail-biting wait and some nervous math—we were invited to the FIRST World Championship in Houston.

Competing in the Turing Division, we placed 55th, and were selected—along with 1296 Full Metal Jackets and 3593 Invictus—by 1533 Triple Strange, and formed Turing’s 8th seeded alliance. After an intense tie-breaker first thing with the #1 alliance, we won the Turing Division, advanced to Einstein's, and were honored with the Hopper-Turing Division’s Entrepreneurship Award.

Our team reached new heights as we—along with 1533 Triples Strange—became the 2nd and 3rd North Carolina teams to ever play on the Einstein Fields, right behind 435 Robodogs. However, our alliance was eliminated after the Einstein Round Robin Matches. This has been a tremendous season of growth for the Platypi, and we are eager to embark on a new era of progress with FIRST Launch!
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Re: FRC 2655 Season Summary

Congratulation Flying Platypi! Perseverance, Strategic and Bold definitely define your season, and you have earned your success. In the world of stats and rankings, there are obvious ways to sort and identify an individual team's performance. However, one rank that rarely gets touted is teamwork, and you are among the best there. We made it to Einstein, not as individually high ranked teams, but as a well organized and disciplined alliance (1533, 1296, 2655 and 3593), with understanding of each other and the game, and the combined skills needed to win. The robotics community looked at us as underdogs...but we didn't. Now that 2655 and 1533 have 3 wins together, we are one win away from another NC first...making TBA's "Successful Teamups" at 4 wins. Schedule that for next season?

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Re: FRC 2655 Season Summary

Platypi did just an amazing job retooling their bot in one unbagging, and it was really exhilarating for all of us staying behind in NC to watch on Twitch and cheer for the NC teams in Houston.

We would have been proud of all of you anyway, but you and Triple Strange pulling off those upsets to win Turing was so fantastic. Thanks so much for writing up your full story for us.
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Re: FRC 2655 Season Summary

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After an intense tie-breaker first thing with the #1 alliance, we won the Turing Division, advanced to Einstein's, and were honored with the Hopper-Turing Division’s Entrepreneurship Award.
It is important to notice that the only playoff match that our alliance lost was the one match where you guys were unable to play defense. Your defensive play in blocking and pushing the opposing scale bots and attack of the opposing switch was a huge part of the winning strategy that we put together (and by we, I mean the students on the drive teams - us mentor types up in the stands were completely unaware of what you had up your sleeve). It is hard to measure defensive capabilities with the standard stats and rankings but if there was a measure of defense, I'm sure you guys would be near the top of that list this year.

I have to also compliment your team on their amazing driving skills. In several of the playoff matches, we were just latching on to the hang bar with less than 15 seconds to go and you guys were driving in with less than 10 seconds to go. We were able to drop the ramp and your drivers were able to get on perfectly on the first try almost every time with just enough time to complete the lift as time expired. So clutch! It was nail-biting to watch from the stands.

I'm sure the strategy and the amazing teamwork started at the Winston-Salem event. It was great to partner with you for that event and I, for one, was pleased that our drive team was able to return the favor by picking you guys to join our alliance at Championships.

It's too bad that your gearbox was not at 100% for the Einstein round robin. I would have liked to see our alliance compete with you guys attacking those other alliances at full strength. I think the results would have been different.

Can't wait for THOR!
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Re: FRC 2655 Season Summary

We loved playing with y’all in Turing and we’re glad to have shared our first Einstein trip with y’all, Triple Strange, and Invictus!
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Re: FRC 2655 Season Summary

Your rapid rebuild definitely worked out, because you guys were the switch/exchange machine on Turing. Congrats on the great season!
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