Waterbury District 2016

After watching Palmetto week 0.5, Stronghold is great from the start.

155 Technonuts Berlin CT
176 Aces High Windsor Locks CT
177 Bobcat Robotics South Windsor CT
178 The 2nd Law Enforcers Farmington CT
228 Gus Robotics Meriden CT
230 Gaelhawks Shelton CT
236 Techno‐Ticks Old Lyme CT
348 Norwell Robotics Norwell MA
558 Elm City Robo Squad New Haven CT
571 Team Paragon Windsor CT
999 MechaRAMS Cheshire CT
1027 Project Jabberwocky West Springfield CT
1071 Team MAX Wolcott CT
1099 DiscoTECHS Brookfield CT
1124 UberBots Avon CT
1991 Dragons Hartford CT
2064 The Panther Project Southbury/Middlebury CT
2170 Titanium Tomahawks Glastonbury CT
2785 Prometheus Kent CT
2836 Team Beta Woodbury CT
3104 The Cyber Rams Stamford CT
3314 Mechanical Mustangs Clifton NJ
3464 Sim‐City Simsbury CT
3525 The Nuts & Bolts of Fury Waterbury CT
3634 Spark City Bridgeport CT
3654 TechTigers Middletown CT
3718 Junkyard Battalion New Britain CT
3719 STEM Whalers New London CT
3780 Robot Unicorns Providence RI
4055 N R G Winchester CT
4557 FullMetal Falcons Middletown CT
4572 BArlow RobAutics Redding CT
4682 Sintian Robotics Hamden CT
5129 Digital Devils Plainville CT
5142 Robo Dominators Hamden CT
5686 Wirecats Simsbury CT
5746 Human Error Deep River CT
5856 Bullbots Waterbury CT

A classic collection of Connecticut teams, plus three more, one each from Massachusetts and little old Rhode Island, and the Mechanical Mustangs from New Jersey. (they must have enjoyed their experience last year)
Watch out for the rookie BullBots, they were impressive at the Suffield Shakedown.

Post your thoughts, predictions, and observations here.


I’m excited for this… Got a just a tad of auto testing left for tonight, and then we’re off!

Everything looks wonderful at Wilby High School.

The Robots seemed to be more ready than usual.
Inspections appeared to go smoothly.

So nice to see a new field. Should be scarred by Sunday.

Frank Merrick will be in attendance today. :yikes:
Maybe he will blog about our work.

FRC 3314 had another great time at Waterbury this year. We learned a lot and made a bunch of friends. We hope to come back next year if NE lets us in again!

Hope to see you all at BattleCry in the offseason!

That prediction ended up being quite an understatement. It’ll be interesting to see how the field looks when it rolls into the XL Center in 6 weeks.

Seriously… ouch my defenses

Signed: Your friendly neighborhood Defense Coordinator

Hey, shout out for 3314 staying late to help out with field break down!

Waterbury was a VERY interesting learning curve on what we expect, what actually happened & what could be changed. I had a lot of fun, everybody LOVED my reveal of the new hat…goodbye Mr. Hasenpfeffer for now. The new hat goes great with the Medieval theme. It is a dragon with flailing wings.
It was a daunting, but fun task to construct the field. I saw it at Dean’s big to-do but with so many people on the field, it was impossible to really inspect the field. The field is well thought out, except for how the defenses are attached to the bases on the carpet. I guess they didn’t anticipate how hard robots would slam into the rock wall defense. They hit them so hard that they bent/dislocated & generally destroyed the holes used to secure to the mounting base. The pins & “S” clips we used just couldn’t stand up to the abuse. That was a constant battle starting late Saturday afternoon & remained a battle right to the end of the eliminations, causing delays & replayed matches. By that time everybody was tired & with all the delays we ran into the evening for the closing ceremonies.
The one thing I hate is that for whatever reason the take-down crews tend to be less than what we need. It happens at a lot of events. I had to work today & needed some rest, so I finally left at 9:30pm last night & they hadn’t even started packing the crates. I’m sorry I had to leave, but I was tired. Accolades to all who were there; FTA, VC, EC and so forth. you guys are incredible!
These fields are now going on to the remaining events & somehow I don’t think FIRST will be able to correct this problem with no down time in between events. Good luck to all. I had to step down from WPI due to family obligations, but will be in Hartford.