This past weekend (December 12-14), the inaugural TTCS Tournament occurred at Henry Sibley High School. This year’s challenge was called Quick Quota. The goal is to reach a specific quota (73 production units) in the shortest amount of time. The shorter the time, the better the alliance performance. Check out the videos on our team’s YouTube channel for match videos from the tournament.
4 teams competed, all made up of 6-8 FRC 3100 students on each team. The four teams competing were 3100-A: Bonk, 3100-B: Thunder Tortoises, 3100-C: Tate & Everyone Else, and 3100-D: Error 3100 Name not Found. As you can see by the team robots, they were all challenged with creating functional mechanisms using standard FRC components, and wood as the primary construction material. Teams drove using a standardized “kit drivetrain” called the LT MK1.
Qualification matches consisted of 3 cycles of round robin matches (18 matches total), providing each team with 9 matches to earn their ranking positions. Their ranking score was determined by fastest average time to accomplish the game task. As a rule, set in place for TTCS, every student who is interested in either driving or operating must be able to drive/operate at least once before students can perform those roles a second/third time. At the end of the qualification rounds, 3100-D led the rankings with an average match time of 143.8 seconds!
The playoff schedule was a 2-cycle round robin format (12 matches) with each team now able to choose their specific drive teams for the entire playoff portion of the tournament. The winner of the tournament would be decided by the team with the lowest average match time at the end of the round robin cycles. Team 3100-A: Bonk, won the tournament with an average playoff match time of 142.7 seconds!
This program exceeded our team’s wildest expectations. This type of training allowed more of our students to be involved in every step of the build season process in a slower-paced and more educational format. Compared to our previous methods of training in past years, this has done so much to prepare our students in the skills it takes to design, build, program, and drive robots. The biggest takeaway we noticed from this program was the ability to expose more of our students to the direct decision-making processes that have been the hardest concept for students to grasp in previous FRC seasons.
We’re really excited from the success of this program in its first year and are equally excited to grow this program in future years by inviting more teams to join us in the fun, learning, and competition! More details to come!