Rambots Final Robot (no drum roll please....)

Posted by Anton Abaya at 2/20/2001 12:53 AM EST

Coach on team #419, Rambots, from UMass Boston / BC High and NONE AT THE MOMENT! :(.

Well here she is. We tried, tried harder, and tried some more when there was no trying left.

Our original design was to go under the bar, be lightning fast, control the bridge by lifting it for those who wanted access to it, and pulling one goal.

Bah, the heck with that! After the Quincy Scrimmage, we realized that they were all useless and even though we could get them to work each time, they were stupid attempts at making a robot that could be a jack of all trades, master of none. So why bother when other robots could do it faster and better, and they have machine shops to build robots in.

It’s been 72 hours since our major redesign. Our failed attempt at lifting the bridge made us realized that our hooks in the back were also useless to alliances that already had that function.

Thanks to the quincy scrimmage, we were able to find out that our SPEED (we were the fastest) was essential and our greatest strength. So why not use it? In one of the rounds where the score reached 220 (i think or higher) we were used to kick the big ball around to the robot that can pick up balls. They took the ball from the opposite side and we ran straight to the end zone. On the other hand, we’re still have some hooks just in case we want to pull (or even push) a goal. Towing a goal is really easy and fast with our robot, we noticed.

Well, read on…check the link for the site with all the pics… I warn you that it might be a slow load as I loaded everything into one page. Click on the links to blow up the pics.

If there’s one thing I am happy I made sure of, it’s the fact that we kept the design as open to change as possible. Who knows what would happen!

So hey, we tried hard and we got to this point with no engineers, 3 students who actually worked full time on the robot, and a scarce budget and mere power tools. Whether the bot is deserving an applause is up to the audience, I only hope to see you all soon.

Feel free to email me for questions, comments, suggestion, raves, rants, and i love yous.

As always, I can never thank enough all of you guys who answered all my questions this year. I was lost without this place, you guys cleared the path.

-Anton Abaya
Rambots, #419

ps. I hope that because this message is right above the Chief Delphi Robot, we might look better…hehe…

Posted by Tom S. at 2/20/2001 1:19 AM EST

Student on team #177, The Bobcats, from South Windsor High School and International Fuel Cells.

In Reply to: Rambots Final Robot (no drum roll please…)
Posted by Anton Abaya on 2/20/2001 12:53 AM EST:

Anton -

After seeing the speed at which your bot moves, i was truly amazed. I have never seen a bot move even half that speed in my four years of FIRST… Definitely a bot deserving an applause.

Congrats to Anton and all of the Rambots… a very nice looking compact, fast and elegant machine.

Tom Schindler
Team 177

Posted by Hymnson at 2/20/2001 12:07 PM EST

Student on team #419, The Rambots, from Boston College High School and UMass Boston and Modern Assistance Programs, Inc…

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Posted by Anton Abaya on 2/20/2001 12:53 AM EST:

A hem…only 3 kids working on the robot? I recall 2
other kids (me and jeff) working hard too, maybe not
directly on the robot but something just as
important…But I do admit out work might have been for
more of a cosmetic non-vital part to the team buts its
all good. So when are we going to get a chance to
finish the cart? O yea, and what did you think of my
hotel idea for the UTC compe

Posted by Jessica Boucher at 02/23/2001 6:54 AM EST

Student on team #237, Sie-H2O-Bots, from Watertown High School and Eastern Awning Systems & The Siemon Company.

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Posted by Anton Abaya on 2/20/2001 12:53 AM EST:

Great robot, but great web page too…I had no trouble dl-ing it (and Im on 56K)…and I really like that everything is described and explained. It takes the guesswork out of your pictures and ties them all together.

Can’t wait to see you guys at UTC! I’ll be the one with the poofy hair holding the sign…though I havent decided what the sign will say yet…the “Robot Chicks Have More Fun!” sign might be retired. :wink:

-Jessica B, #237