Indian Hill Girl Powered Event

Our First Autonomous Code

During today’s meeting, 10/20/18, we began writing the code for the autonomous period at the beginning of each match. Major Trouble’s strategy for the 15-second challenge is to have multiple different codes so as to better collaborate with our alliance partner and score more points. We currently only have one strand of code, but we are planning for up to five. 

Event #0.7 – Practice at Kettering University Robotics Center- 11-1-18

We have a 2nd practice session arranged for Thursday, November 1st. 
It is held at the Kettering University Robotics Center (map – the building with the pin at the corner of Chevrolet and Dupont.  There is a stairway in the outside corner where we enter.). It will be at our normal meeting time, 6:00pm.  The lab is open until 9:00, but they expect practice teams to start to clean up and move out at 8:30, as everyone has homes and families to get back to.  The robotics lab is at 1700 University Avenue.

This will be the last chance to ready things prior to our competition on Nov. 3.  It will be critical that we have everyones attention and stay focused on getting Charlie working properly.  In addition, we are using another facility and although its not a judged event, lets make sure our friends at Kettering remember how professional Major Trouble is.  See you there!

Event #0.5 – Practice at Kettering University Robotics Center- 10-25-18

Hey Team – We have a practice session arranged for next Thursday, October 25th.  It is held at the Kettering University Robotics Center (map – the building with the pin at the corner of Chevrolet and Dupont.  There is a stairway in the outside corner where we enter.).  It will be at our normal meeting time, 6:00pm.  The lab is open until 9:00, but they expect practice teams to start to clean up and move out at 8:30, as everyone has homes and families to get back to.

This will be our first attempt at driving and programming an autonomous in preparation for our competition on Nov. 3.  It will be critical that we have everyones attention and stay focused on getting Charlie working properly.  In addition, we are using another facility and although its not a judged event, lets make sure our friends at Kettering remember how professional Major Trouble is.  See you there!

Event #3, December 1, 2018, West Michigan Holiday VRC MS Only Turning Point Tournament

Event #3 will be held at Grandville High School (Map).  This is a middle school only tournament, HOWEVER… there is a high school tournament at the same place.  Between the two, there is space for 160 teams to compete that day!  Last year, this was the 3rd largest robotics event in the country (besides US Open and Worlds), so its crowded, hectic, and full of holiday cheer!!  The full schedule for the event is available at the event website. As competitors, we will need to get there when the doors open at 7:30 (the event is large, so it starts early.  If you wish, make a weekend of it, go Friday night and stay the weekend for holiday shopping in Grand Rapids!)  so we can check in and get ready for the day.  As always, the days are long and may run over the scheduled 5:30pm stop time. If you are inviting family to come, this one is different – matches start at 9:00am and go on and off throughout the day with scheduled stops for lunch and skills runs.   Eliminations and finals are scheduled to start at 2:30pm and awards are scheduled at 5:00pm.

The following awards are up for grabs at this event (list for Middle School):

  • Excellence and Tournament champions (2) – Invite to East Michigan Regionals and Create US Open.
  • Design and Skills Champion – Invite to Create US Open
  • Innovate Award – Team that has the most innovative design feature
  • Create Award – Robot with a creative engineering solution
  • Amaze Award – Amazing, well rounded and top performing robot
  • Build Award – Well crafted robot
  • Think Award – Team with impressive and effective autonomous
  • Judges Award
  • Tournament Finalists (2)
  • Skills Finalist

Event #2, November 17, 2018, Lapeer Lightning VRC MS/HS Turning Point Tournament

Event #2 will be held at the  Lapeer Center for Innovation.  (Map)  This is a mixed high school and middle school tornament and the team list is FULL… and the competition will be tough.  The full schedule for the event is available at the event website. As competitors, we will need to get there when the doors open at 9:00 so we can check in and get ready for the day. As always, the days are long and may run over the scheduled 5pm stop time. If you are inviting family to come, they don’t need to get there until the matches start at 10:45am. Eliminations and finals are scheduled to start at 3:45 and awards are scheduled at 4:30pm.

The following awards are up for grabs at this event:

  • Excellence, Design and Tournament champions (2) – Invite to East Michigan Regionals and Create US Open.
  • Skills Champion – Invite to Create US Open
  • Judges Award
  • Tournament Finalists (2)