The 2019 season taught us the importance of balance and simplicity. After a brainstorming period full of ambitious ideas, our team began designing our most versatile robot yet. It was after this design period that we brought Miss Daisy XVIII to three district competitions and the Detroit World Championship. With each competition, we redesigned portions of our robot to better suit our game strategy. This process of constant iteration put into perspective the value of analyzing our work and thinking three steps ahead before pursuing ideas. We realized that there is a fine line between innovation and impracticality, and will remember this lesson for future seasons. During award ceremonies, we were recognized by judges for our business plan and gracious professionalism. These successes motivated us to continue our work into offseason, where we developed projects throughout the summer and into the next fall. This hard work culminated in our off-season competitions, where our robot made its mark on the field. We were at finalist at Capital Cup, and a quarter-finalist at Duel on the Delaware. This was a spectacular season for growing into our new spaces and developing creative mechanisms.
Hatch Ground Intake
This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game for the 2019 season is FIRST DESTINATION DEEP SPACE. It involves two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and performing specific tasks on a field to score points. The robots work to fill a cargo ship and two rockets with cargo and hatch panels before safely returning to the habitat platforms. Alliances gain points depending on the number of gamepieces scored, as well as which level of the habitat platforms they climb to at the end of the match.