12 point auton swing

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!

Special event – MathWorks Robot Autonomy and Control Webinar

This event came up on robotevents and I wanted to pass it along to the group.  This is  a webinar for programming autonomous and working with sensors.  Its a hands on lecture and demonstration for programming autonomous for VEX robotics.  Its a FREE online event intended to help teams get started and perfect their programming skills, explaining and demonstrating how to use simulation and programming for

  • Avoiding Obstacles
  • Moving For Time
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Navigating With Sensors
  • Determining Position
  • Controlling Position
  • etecting Objects

There are two sessions – one on December 5th and the second on January 30th.  Both are from 5-7.  Info to connect to the program stream will come after registration. 

If any of you are interested, please let Scott Barrett know. 

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!