2019 FRC Season

 

2019 was our tenth season in FRC. This game required robots to place hatch panels on cargo bays and rocket ships to successfully load cargo into these ships. This year's robot was a combination of complicated mechanics and precise programming to manage both tasks successfully and efficiently...

 

2019 was our tenth season in FRC. This game required robots to place hatch panels on cargo bays and rocket ships to successfully load cargo into these ships. This year's robot was a combination of complicated mechanics and precise programming to manage both tasks successfully and efficiently. This was also the first year that the state of Texas became a FIRST district, where the highest-ranked teams qualified for world's at the state championship rather than the winners of each regional. Our team won both district events we attended as well as the state championship, making it the third year in a row that our team has been state champions. We were placed in the Turing Division at world's, and from there we went onto Einstein Round-Robin. Our team went undefeated in round-robin matches and ultimately became championship finalist. This season was certainly one to remember and makes us all excited for what will be brought in 2020.

Animation courtesy of Havabanana Productions

Blue Alliance Link: https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/3310/2019

  • Winner - Championship Subdivision Turing 2019
  • Winner - FIT District Championship 2019
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award - Leslie Reese
  • Winner - FIT Greenville District 2019
  • Excellence in Engineering Award - FIT Greenville District 2019
  • Winner - FIT Amarillo District 2019
  • Autonomous Award - FIT Amarillo District 2019

This year's robot was designed to perform several different and various tasks such as carrying hatch panels, cargo balls, and climbing on the hab 3 platform. This robot had a modified tank drive with 8 Coulson wheels to drive upon. On top of this, we have a 2-stage nesting elevator that can reach all 3 levels of the rocket for both hatches and cargo. Our hab-climbing mechanism, nicknamed the "Go-Go Gadget", were two legs run off a  large custom center gearbox that could climb onto either hab 2 or hab 3 with hab 3's climbing time being about 6-7 seconds. Halfway into the season, we adopted an alternative climbing mechanism to initiate a double climb by deploying a vacuum seal on the edge of hab 3 after an alliance partner has already completed their climb.