Build Log 10
Meeting 41 (Sunday 3/14)
Today, we ORCAfied our robot, we
- added teeth to our elevator, it’s angle looks like an open mouth
- added pink tape to our minivator so it looks like a tongue
- added huge googly eyes to the side of the bot
- added a fin to the back of the eboard
the robot looks like an orca, what more can I say
Meeting #42 (Saturday, 3/16)
- Packed our cabinet and toolbox for comp
- Made auto changes
- We added a mid cone auto, since we can more easily capitalize off of a mid link
- Made our auto less violent, the elevator used to slam downwards, but now it’s smoother.
Competition 2, Week 3, Portsmouth. (Friday - Sunday, 3/17 - 3/19)
We did even better than last comp! And we are LOCKED into districts, yay!!!
Today was simple load in, first inspected, again!
After inspection, we spent the rest of the time helping other teams fix issues on their robots.
Today was weird. For the first half of the day, no teams were performing as well as they normally would, we had our own dip in performance midway through the day.
We did pretty well at the beginning, hovering anywhere between 8th and 3rd, as the first few rounds typically go. But we had a massive dip later in the day, falling down to 15th. Then, towards the end, we picked up steam and landed ourselves in 4th.
One problem that persisted the day was our auto, the slight difference in the field made our auto balance from blacksburg not work. We tested many things, none of them working completely. We eventually figured out a consistent positioning that made it so we didn’t have to change much code, but after getting it once we never had to use it again.
We had a very favorable schedule, with no unwinnable or extremely difficult games. We even managed to get the high score of 191, only because the other team racked up 76 points in penalties due to a robot malfunction, but hey, we’ll take it. We still scored a ton of points on our own.
Due to this favorable schedule and some amazing teamwork, we moved our way up to 3rd by the end of quals
For alliance selection, we were a captain, and since the 1 bot chose the 2 bot, we were the captains of the 2nd seed alliance, holy cow. We chose 1599 (Circuitree), as they helped us get the high score earlier and they are a good friend of ours due to being in our county. Our second choice was 1793 (The Aviators), they were the best defense left, and we had experience working with them from last season, where they helped us make it to finals.
Unfortunately, Aviator’s bumpers fell off from a bad collision our first match and we got knocked down. They fixed it, but they broke again (in a different way) during our next match, so we called in a backup bot, as we wouldn’t switch colors (and therefore switch off the broken bumpers) for another match. This backup bot was 2068 (Metal Jackets), who happen to be the sister team of 1885 (Comet bots), who were on our alliance last comp.
We pushed our way through the rest of the loser bracket, making it back to finals. But before finals, they had awards, and we won Excellence in Engineering! I assume it’s due to our minivator, seeing as a lot of judges commented on how clever they thought it was. A judge talked to me later, and they said we were also high in the running for imagery due to our recent ORCAfication, but we were the best fit for excellence in engineering so they gave us that and gave imagery to another well suited team.
During finals, we lost 2-0, but considering the alliance was made up of the 2 best bots in the district, it checks out, but boy did we have fun.
We brought our spirit stuff that we forgot to bring last time, so we had inflatable orcas, orca hats, and an orca costume. It was awesome
We did so many orca squats, I’m writing this on tuesday and my knees still hurt whenever I do anything. By the end of the comp we had half the stands orca squatting with us.
We gave one of our orca hats to the MC, he wore it all of playoffs, and we let him keep it since we’re getting new ones for districts.
Whenever they had to fix the field, they played dance music, and you know our orca mascot was dancing with everyone else, it was awesome.
All of the teams from our county made it to playoffs, go us!
We made so many friends, from helping teams to orca squats, we had no shortage of fun with nearly every team.
One last thank you to 1599 (Circuitree), 1793 (The Aviators), and 2068 (Metal Jackets) for playing with us in the playoffs. We truly had a blast with you all and we seriously couldn’t have made it all the way to finals without you.
There are a ton of images and peeks of our comp experience in our Open Alliance Discord Channel, so go check it out, that’s why there aren’t many images in this build log, they’re all already there.
That’s the end of this build log, let me know if there’s anything I need to change!. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach us by creating a thread in our Open Alliance Discord Channel, with an email ([email protected]), or with a message on chief delphi. You can also directly DM me on discord (noah’#9040) if you want. We always appreciate feedback and questions!