After a long 6 weeks of designing, building, testing, and practicing, we arrived at the FRC Peachtree District Gainesville Qualifier Event with Rhonda, the Fernbank LINKS 2017 robot for FIRST Steamworks. Rhonda is a gear cycle and climbing robot with an pneumatic actuating coin slot gear mechanism and a velcro drum climber.
Rhonda and our drive team were very successful throughout the qualification matches, seeding 8th at the beginning of alliance selections. Our fantastic scouting team collected data from every qualification match and used it to create an objective pick list for the selection process. We began playoff matches as captain of the 5th seed alliance, partnered with team 1683 and team 5532. Our alliance made it to the tiebreaker in the quarterfinals.
The LINKS marketing team was extremely successful as well. Our outreach efforts, mentoring, and 2 new apps got us the Gracious Professionalism Award. We are so thankful to our mentors, parents, and sponsors for helping us earn this award. The FRC Score app has reached nearly 500 installs as of 3/6/17!
Also a huge congratulations to our lead programmer Jonathan Daniel for becoming a Dean's List Semifinalist! He has worked so hard this season and accomplished so much. Good luck at state Jonathan!
Congratulations to the winning alliance, 832, 1648, and 1746 on the blue banners, 6325 Reset Robotics for winning Rookie All-Star, 1311 Kell Robotics for Chairmans, and 4188 Columbus Space Program for Engineering Inspiration. We are excited to see you all at the Peachtree District Championship!
Nothing gets rookies more excited about the upcoming FRC season than GRITS. The Georgia Robotics Invitational Tournament and Showcase is an off-season FRC event in which teams compete in the game from the past season one last time before the new game is announced in January. This year our rookies gained valuable experience as a drive team and pit crew, and will be more prepared than ever for kickoff. Of course, you never are fully prepared for FRC, let’s be real.
We endured the qualification matches with only a few mechanical malfunctions. The chain controlling #Hashtag’s wedge broke in the first match, permanently retiring the feature, RIP wedge. The rookies driving skills improved with every match, earning us a spot on the number 2 seed alliance with 1746 OTTO and 2415 Westminster WiredCats.
A quick flashback… At the 2016 Kennesaw qualifier event, we chose 2415 to join our number 1 seed alliance. Sadly, the alliance lost in the final match of the playoffs. AND, at the Peachtree District State Championship, we chose 1746 to be in our number 1 seed alliance and lost in the playoffs again.
…Back to GRITS
The number 2 seed alliance of 2415, 1746, and us, 4468, three of the best teams in Georgia, came together to form the powerhouse alliance needed to beat 1261 and the top seed alliance. In the last semifinal match, the back bumper of #Hashtag fully detached. Yeah, bad. A field timeout and an alliance timeout bought us a few minutes to repair it with, you guessed it, zip-ties and duct-tape. The repair took long enough that we were forced to sit out one finals match. No problem, 2415 and 1746 won without breaking a sweat. We came back in for the final matches and finished off our opponent, defending our title as GRITS Champions!
A huge thanks to Automation Direct for supplying, as always, the awesome trophies.
Competing in the final FRC World Championship in St. Louis was an incredible experience. This was our second consecutive year attending worlds, as well as our second nomination for the Engineering Inspiration Award. Our robot made it to the playoffs at the Tesla subdivision. We were picked by the 8th seed alliance and lost in the first quarterfinal. We had a fantastic time and hope to go to Houston next year!
This past weekend, April 14th to the 16th, Fernbank LINKS attended the Peachtree State FIRST Robotics competition. LINKS’s robot was very successful, placing first in the qualifier rounds and being the leader of the first alliance, which included Otto (1746) and Drewbotics (5812), and they made it to the semifinals. Fortunately, LINKS was one of the two teams to receive the Engineering Inspirations award, earning them a paid ticket to the World competition in St. Louis, where they will be competing for the World Engineering Inspiration award.