What an adventure! The robotics team has returned from the World Championships in St. Louis. 600 teams from around the worlds were divided among 8 playing fields, Orange Chaos was assigned the Archimedes field. After 2 days of qualifying rounds, the team finished as the 8th seed captain (out of 75 teams). During alliance selection our team was chosen by the number 2 seed captain, an invitation we graciously accepted. The alliance was strong and made it into the semi-finals, after a few unfortunate mishaps of robot flipping, connectivity issues, and ball jams we were eliminated in the 3rd match. It was a disappointing finish but what an amazing 2016 Stronghold season! The team earned a captain status at every event attended and played through semi-finals or finals!
Big thanks to the mentors, parents and grandparents who took personal time and money to travel with the team to St. Louis!! This experience would not have been possible without you! Special thanks to our chauffeur Peter, who shuttled the team back and forth from hotel to dome and everywhere needed!
All this was possible because of the hard work and dedication of the team members, mentors, sponsors and our special donor who funded the registration for this competition. Thank you!!
What a weekend!! Hopefully all that attended are recovering from a very busy and exciting event. The team finished 3 days of qualifying rounds in 1st place out of 64 teams from all over New England! As captain of the 1st alliance team we finished playoffs as a finalist (2nd place). It was a very hard fought finish, forcing a 3rd match.
Orange Chaos has had a amazing 2016 season earning Excellence in Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute competition, Creativity Award at the Pine Tree District and Finalist at New England Championships! Team Orange Chaos also had the highest scoring match during the qualifying rounds at New England Districts with a score of 179 points. We finished the season in 5th place out of 184 New England Teams!! The team has earned an invitation to compete at the World Competition in St. Louis.
Huge Thanks to the mentors/parents who took time off work to make this opportunity possible for the team members. Special thanks to Darren, our chauffeur extraordinaire, for navigating "Reggie the Red Chariot" through the chaos of city traffic and long commute.
Team Orange Chaos had another amazing district competition at Pine Tree in Lewiston this past weekend. The team competed against 40 other teams from around the New England area, finishing 2 days of qualifying matches in 4th place! During the Elimination matches, Alliance Captain, Orange Chaos was eliminated in the semi-finals. It was a hard fought battle but we came up a little short.
The team was given the Creativity Award which celebrates creativity in design, use of components and unique strategy of play.
The Judges' Write-up is as follows
"This year's award goes to a team who re-purposed an everyday tool for a new and reeeeeely creative effect. They wreak havoc on opponent's castles, by following a golden rule of medieval siege: "Measure twice, and scale the ramparts once"."
The team also received 3rd place in safety knowledge and practices- Thanks to Caleb, our Safety Captain!!!
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team and mentors, Orange Chaos has earned an invitation to compete in District Championships in Hartford, CT April 14-16.
Team Orange Chaos had an amazing district competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this past weekend. The team competed against 40 other teams from around the New England area, finishing 2 days of qualifying matches in 1st place! During the finals round, Orange Chaos was team captain of the 1st place alliance and was eliminated in the semi-finals. Huge thank you to our alliance teammates, Team 2648 Infinite Loop and Team 1100 The T-Hawks!!
The team was awarded Excellence in Engineering by the judging panel, this award celebrates elegant and advantageous machine features. Our robot scored the most high goals of the entire competition, had available a variety of autonomous programs for the robot to cross opponents defenses in the first 20 sec of play and was the first of only 2 robots to to scale the castle wall. The judges recognized that our robot could tackle all aspects of the 2016 FRC Stronghold Challenge and looked amazing. All the pages of programming, SOLIDWORKS (CAD) designing and 3-D printing efforts paid off!
Thanks to all mentors and parents who traveled to Worcester to support the team!
This weekend find us at WPI District event! Winsor and the team are ready for our first competition this season. The mechanical and programming teams have been hard at work fine tuning and making sure we can breach, climb and throw! Can't wait to see all the bots in action!