2015 Gateway Robotics Challenge

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You are invited to attend and compete at the 2nd Annual Gateway Robotics Challenge on October 17th, 2015 at Hazelwood Central High School! A quick video on the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/ZBD40fpvc8c

This will be a one day event again this year. Registration is $250 per team. Teams that enter a pre-rookie team & robot will get a half price discount and the pre-rookie team will compete for free!

Teams interested in registering should go to this link: http://gatewayroboticschallenge.com/registration.html

People interested in volunteering should go here: http://gatewayroboticschallenge.com/volunteer.html

Last year we had 25 teams competing and it was a great opportunity for any teams in the area to gain more experience and have a fun time. We will have a full sized playing field once again running the full FMS system and the field layout will look something similar to this:

http://i.imgur.com/8yej5xUh.jpg

We will also have a sign up form in Team 4329’s pit at the Championship event and will have flyers so feel free to swing by our pit if you’re interested in getting more information.

Additional details will be coming post-competition season. St. Louis area teams - make sure to spread the world and get as many pre-rookie, rookie & 2nd year teams involved this year!

An early update - we already have 6 teams registered and are eagerly awaiting more!

We are also accepting multiple robots from a single team this year, so if you want to enter your practice bot / 2nd drive team, make sure to register them as well.

Current Team List:

1094
1208
1329
1985
4329
4931

St. Louis teams - make sure to spread the word and let’s get as many local teams in this year as possible. Thanks!

The team list has been updated as of 05/28/15. We need more St. Louis area teams to register! Go to this link to sign up your team: http://gatewayroboticschallenge.com/registration.html

1094
1208
1329
1658
1985
2408
3397
4256
4329
4931
5442

Team list update as of 06/27/15 -

931
1094
1208
1329
1658
1985
2408
3397
4256
4329
4931
5442
5476
5479

We need 10 more teams for a full field of 24! Also contact me if you’re already registered and are interested in fielding 2 robots.

Team list update as of 8/10/15. A few of these are tentative with leaning towards yes. We are up to 16, 8 more teams for a full field of 24 -

931
1094
1208
1329
1658
1985
2408
3397
4256
4329
4500
4931
5060
5442
5476
5479

Team list update as of 08/30/15, we are up to 23 after some of our Illinois friends registered this past week :slight_smile:

931
1094
1208
1288
1329
1658
1985
2408
2481
3397
3937
4143
4143b
4256
4329
4329b
4500
4931
5060
5442
5476
5479
5583

We are officially up to 25 teams now including two pre-rookie teams from the St. Louis area. We would definitely still like some more teams to sign up though, there’s plenty of room for more teams at the venue - http://www.gatewayroboticschallenge.com/registration

We are also planning to live stream the event this year with a much better setup - one GoPro for the main field view and two HD webcams for 1/2 field views that can be switched on the fly. All matches will be recorded and uploaded after the event.

Event rule changes will be posted soon. It will be similar to some of the others we’ve seen to limit can wars and provide an extra can or two to each alliance to maximize scoring.

Event rule changes have been sent out to the main team contacts. They can also be found here: http://gatewayroboticschallenge.com/rules.html

(Thanks to IRI and Chezy Champs for showing how this game should have been played all year long)

Webcast link will be here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBj01gHCf-CHikeBXSoZ14A/live

Final Team List:

931
1094
1208
1288
1329
1658
1985
2408
2481
3284
3397
3937
4143
4143b
4187
4329
4500
4931
5442
5476
5583
5836 / 5479 (McCluer South Berkley Pre-Rookie)
2707 / 1208B (Normandy HS Pre-Rookie)
TBD / 4329B (North Tech HS Pre-Rookie)

Main team contacts have been sent an informational packet. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Thanks and we’ll see you all on Saturday!

Webcast is live https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBj01gHCf-CHikeBXSoZ14A/live

Let us know how it looks or if the audio is bad and we will try to adjust levels.

Final results?

Alliances (No drafting within the top 8) -

1: 3284 - 4329 - 5476 - SF
2: 3937 - 1208 - 5836 - Winner
3: 1658 - 4143 - 2408 - Finalist
4: 2481 - 413 (4143B) - 432 (4329B) - QF
5: 2707 (1208B) - 1329 - 1288 - QF
6: 4500 - 4931 - 5583 - QF
7: 3397 - 931 - 5442 - SF
8: 1985 - 4187 - 1094 - QF

I am in the process of splitting the individual matches up and should have them uploaded to YouTube in the next few days.

Thank you to all of the teams who came out to play in our 2nd Annual GRC. We had exactly 24 teams and felt it was a great opportunity for all teams to get a lot of extra playing time for their new students (7 qualification matches + elimination rounds.)

Thanks to all of our volunteers and to AndyMark for helping this event run as smoothly as it did.

One very awesome story from this event - 5836 is a pre-rookie team and a rookie team from last year (5479) let their students drive and operate their robot for the entire day. They ended up on the winning alliance and all students had a great experience to help prepare them for next year’s build season. Thanks to the Cafe Bots for lending their robot for the day!

Once we have a date for 2016 we will make it public and hope to see even more teams next year!





Matches can be found here, they will be uploaded slowly but surely (each match is around half a GB) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEmcqJRCGTRslfWFJpzx3PC8py9KPFkeA 1080 resolution available.

Thank you for the great event. 5442 enjoyed the opportunity to give team members some valuable match experience.

Thanks for the great event. It was a perfect chance to let a lot of students drive in a competitive setting.

Fielding two robots was a little different, but fun. In Q15, our two robots attempted an autonomous recycle bin “cheers” across the step. We didn’t practice it, and the robots didn’t drive far enough to actually touch the bins together.

Q17 has both bots on the same alliance doing a synchronized auto.

Enjoyed watching the videos. Nice camera work on the split screen for autonomous and full field view for the rest of the match. Ryan, you’ve got a great program going over there. Congrats on the #1 pick in the tournament and for giving people on the St. Louis side of the state a place to play.

What caused 2481 to flip in match 20? They were never the same after that.

1658 looked in top form during final #2. Tough break tipping over the first stack in F#1, and loosing COMS in F#3. I can’t wait to see what this team builds next year.

3937 has impressed me for years. Nice to see them team up with 1208 and the rookies for the victory.

Thanks for the kind words! The webcast audio is less than desirable. We had the volume mixed to the gymnasium and just took whatever that audio box gave us which was apparently way too loud. Next year we’ll figure out a better solution so the viewers at home aren’t getting distorted audio. Really happy with how the video came out, thanks to all of the people on here who posted their low cost webcast solutions.

4329 had a good run. Thanks to 3284 as always - love playing with our Camdenton friends. And to 2481 for picking our B team, tough break on your tote lifter being broken! Proud of all the students and mentors, I did absolutely nothing with the team the entire day :]

Thank you for coming! We love having Illinois teams come down for the day.

Thanks for coming MARS / WARS! It was great to see your robot in person finally. That lift with the 3 separate tote grabbers is crazy awesome.

I want to say thank you to Ryan for all the hard work at this year’s event. It is one of the best coordinated off season events we have attended. The attention to detail is incredible. From the awards to the webcast, this was a teir one event. Thanks for giving us a place to train new members and drivers.

Thanks also to teams 1208 and 5836 for being incredible alliance partners. Could not have won without you. Teams 1658, 4143, 2408 were scary throughout the entire elims. You guys put together an incredible 200 in F2! I remember looking across the field and saying, “On to match 3!” There was no question you smashed us in that match.

Thanks again to everyone who welcomed us to St. Louis. Hopefully we wilI have the honor of returning in April!

Ryan: Thanks to all your volunteers who worked hard to make Gateway such a well-executed event. It is a fantastic opportunity to get new students, mentors and drive coach geared up for the season, and allowed us to have two new sets of robot drivers and operators get some behind the glass time in a relaxed but competitive environment.

Aaron: Ms. Stackman landed on her back due to a tote that got lodged vertically. When the stacker was cycled to dislodge it, it resulted in the back flip. We were able to somewhat repair the arm, but even with the valiant attempts by the Lutheran Roboteers and MARS/WARS to comb through their spare parts stash, we were not able to match a replacement motor/ transmission combination to fix the stacker in time for playoffs.

When it came time for the playoffs, we created a new strategy with our great B teams (MARS/WARS B and Lutheran Roboteers B) to noodle RCs and cap their stacks, a role that we had not done in any of our previous competitions.

It was really fun to interact with all the teams that came. Congratulations to the Finalist and Winning Alliances!

Thanks for putting on a great event! Team 4931 really enjoyed the whole day. And thanks for giving us an opportunity to preview the Strongback open source Java library for FRC robots, which is now available for all FRC teams to use.