During the 2003 season, the Daisy crew decided to take a new path in building the robot. In the earlier years, professional engineers had helped to build the team’s robot, but the loss of a sponsorship affected the support engineers could give to our team. The team decided to become 100% student built, and in that season, Miss Daisy was a great success. Team 341’s success led to the team winning four awards. At the Philadelphia Alliance Regional, the Daisies received the Regional Chairman’s Award and the Leadership in Control Award. The team also won the Kleiner-Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award and was a Galileo Division Champion in the National Final Four at the National Competition.
Faced with a potentially difficult season in 2003, it is amazing that Miss Daisy II was ever built. With the aid of our new partners, North Montco Technical Career Center, Miss Daisy II can be proudly called our first 100% student-built robot. Made out of extruded aluminum, and a four-wheel drive system, Miss Daisy II went on to be the most successful out of all of the robots made by our team, winning the Galileo Division at the National Competition in Houston, Texas.
The idea this year is to take big boxes from the middle of the field and stack them in your team’s scoring zone. Alliances start opposite from each other. The round begins with a 10-second human player period, where one player per team stacks as many boxes as possible out of four given to them. Then there is a 15-second autonomous robot period, where the robots operate without driver control. The final 1 minute and 45 seconds allow for full driver control of the robot. Extra points are added if your robot finishes on top of the center ramp structure and for plowing boxes into your shaded scoring zone.