2017 FIRST STEAMworks Overview
Our main strategy for the 2017 season was to cycle gears and place them on the pegs. In order to complete this task, we built a funnel to receive the gear that was connected to a holding mechanism that kept it in place during transportation across the field. Our gear mechanism also had actuating doors that could be opened with pneumatics.
The other most important part of our robot was the mechanism used to climb the rope during the last 30 seconds of the match. We also had a ground intake for fuel (wiffle balls), coupled with a shooter. Although we never got the chance to use our shooter during competition, many of our members were able to learn new skills during the building and programming processes for it.
The regional tournament we attended this year was North Star in Minneapolis. Throughout the competition, we made several adjustments and improvements to our robot in order to optimize our functions. After our autonomous program was fully completed, we had a near perfect accuracy in placing a gear, only missing it in a single match.
At the Minnesota Robotics Invitational during the off-season, we ranked 5th after qualifying matches.