Our 2018-19 Michigan season is done. This past weekend Major Trouble was in the Michigan State Middle School Championships where we finished 14th overall against the top 32 teams from across the state of Michigan, and were captains of the 8th seed finalist alliance. We finished 3-3, with 2 autonomous wins and were 19th ranked in skills. Not too bad considering this is the best of the best in the state. And although we didn’t get an invite for Vex Worlds, we did end up with a Judges award, specifically recognizing the efforts in programming (17 selectable autonomous programs!) and our work in teaching elementary students STEM fundamentals. Both of those are something we are very proud of.
Overall for the season, we finished with a record of 39-21-1 (65%) In the last 4 events of the year, we finished 17-7-0 (81%). Not too shabby. For autonomous we won 38 of 61 (62%), and for the last 4 events we won 17 of 24 (71%). Again, not too shabby. For the season, we won an Excellence award, two Judges awards and a Design award. We brought in 3 new members and will send off two more Major Trouble alumni to future robotics events. I’m sure there was some learning for the other members in there too… All this, plus our past 4 seasons puts us further along for an even better 2019-2020 season!
We are still not done with this season, as we have 3 finalists in the Vex online challenges, with up to $1550 in Vex gift certificates and one of two spots for Vex Worlds (Its pretty cool!) to be judged yet. We also have a second post season trip, this one to the Create US Open in Council Bluffs Iowa. This will be our 5th trip to the US open in 5 years.
To all of you supporting us, we thank you for helping make this a successful Michigan competitive season! But please, don’t stop cheering us… the Trouble is just beginning!
Since January we have a qualifier record of 24-9-1 and have won the autonomous bonus 26 times. That’s a huge advantage for our team as it sets a large deficit for the opponents to overcome. A large part of this winning is from our current far tile autonomous. In it we flip the top flag (flip score for us), take the ball from under one cap (scoring it for us), flip another cap (flipping to score for us), go flip the top center flag (scoring it for us) and, if needed based on our partner and their abilities, park. In 15 seconds. Thats a raw score of 9 points for us, and a 12 point swing (descoring an opponents flag and cap).
As described above, our auton is selectable. We currently have 4 selectable programs, one for each tile location, and each is selectable for using the park or not. This gives us lots of flexibility in working with the capabilities and levels of our partners. All this, plus our skills programs are selected using the VEX LCD and our menuing programs.
We have been working on all this this since the beginning of the year and its getting pretty good. This past weekend, it was successful twice. Sometimes we hit a field element when executing and that takes our path off location. We will continue to refine prior to states and the US Open in August to get the path clear and working more reliable.
Check out the video on our YouTube Page. Needless to say, we are quite excited to show you, and hopefully you are on our alliance when you see it!
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!
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!
Some might ask, Why would you do this? Be involved in robotics, I mean. As a student. As a mentor. As a parent supporter. It brings long hours. It brings lots of headaches. It certainly isn’t a cheap activity. Theres many nights of worry, and thinking. Well, maybe this can answer. Its put out by our friends at FIRST, but its just as applicable to VEX.