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Team 1902 Blog / Re: FTC Nov 6-7 Weekend
« Last post by Wendy Austin on November 08, 2010, 10:09:56 AM »

Can we copy this and send it to sponsors as an update?
Team 1902 Blog / FTC Nov 6-7 Weekend
« Last post by Eric Grajales on November 07, 2010, 08:20:00 PM »
WOW, what a great weekend!!!!!!

On Saturday, the FTC team participated in the Lyman HS Greyhound Challenge. There were 10 teams at the competition and our team was the 3rd alliance. The bot worked very well and we won the INSPIRE award. I had to work as the Lead Software Inspector so the kids were mostly in the capable hands of Debbie, Andrew and Bethany. Thanks to all the parents that helped out (Mrs Butterfield, Mrs Coleman, Mrs Philips, and Mrs Beck). Great work  Barry, Dan, and Andrew Rudolf.  The game announcing, video, and music were great.  As always, Mr Coleman had new equipment including a cliff cam. Were does he get those toys? :)

Being the first qualifier things were a little hectic, however as the day went on, things smoothed out. It appeared the students got in a rhythm and did quite well, I believe we ended up 4 wins, 2 losses. I believe the bot scored every time in autonomous. As Dan said, we liked to always be on the cliff and bridge at the end of the autonomous time period. There were a couple of samantha issues, however, Mike Nicolai, the group of FTC affiliate partners and FTC engineer from FIRST (I can't remember their names) were there to check out the problems. We were selected by the 1st alliance, however we were beaten by the robot Chris, Victoria, and Christina help build and program that morning (Team 4099 Susie Garrison from Poinciana). At the end of the qualifier, Susie talked to me and said how happy she was that her students were in the finals, and that it was due to Exploding Bacon, not only for helping them build the bot, but for helping show her students what FIRST is all about. (Don't cry Wendy).

On Sunday, we went to the "Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Third Annual Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show Weekend". We showed off the robot to KSC visitors and met with 32 astronauts. All the astronauts were all very impressed with our students. Shea Seddon, Scott Carpenter, and Edward Gibson were my favorites, however can't forget Buzz Aldrin.

I've uploaded some pictures to the gallery... best picture attached.

Team 1902 Blog / FTC Kickoff for 2009 - 2010 Season
« Last post by Eric Grajales on September 11, 2009, 09:44:38 PM »
Wow, its 16 1/2 hours till FTC kickoff. Did some gardening, cleaned out some room in the garage, waiting for the game to be announced.

This year we have an excited group of kids waiting to learn what the FTC challenge is going to be.

For the past 3 weeks we have gone over some programming, got our 4H paperwork ready, and waited for the FTC KOP to arrive. This past week the kids inventoried the parts, a little detailed, but that was good. Last weekend I painted the FTC field, so the kids assembled it this past week, the orange and green sections look great.

Waiting patiently for the game to be announced and the prototyping and building to begin...
Team 1902 Blog / Re: Hartford CT Regional Part 2
« Last post by Dennis Christin on March 29, 2009, 12:03:29 AM »
I was on the edge of my computer chair (even managing to almost fall off) watching the Eliminations on the webcast. Great job everyone, I hope everyone had tons of fun. I wish i could of been there.
Team 1902 Blog / Hartford CT Regional Part 2
« Last post by Eric Grajales on March 28, 2009, 11:54:43 PM »
Sorry I didn't write yesterday, but it been several long days.

We got to the event bright and early, 7:30AM Friday morning. We immediately started preparing for our matches.
We still were helping other teams get some programming issues resolved before the competition.

We played 5 matches, and were 3 wins 2 losses. However, one of the matches had to be replayed because
of a field error. With the 3 and 2 record I believe we were in 17th place. After the matches we went to
team 1991 social at a School for the blind (Huh). The campus was amazing. They had two rooms one for video
games (rock band, ddr, halo, etc) and dancing with loud music. We spoke with the mentors from team 731.
They were great. We got back to the hotel about 10:30.

After that, we did our scouting with Ennio, Jamison, Skyler, Catherine, and Matt. We narrowed the field to
our best fit robots and I called it a night about 12:30.

We were at the venue again at 7:30AM today, and took a group picture on the staircase of the Convention Center.
Again, Mike has all these pictures and I'm sure he will be posting them soon. They had to replay 4 matches
from the previous day, we replayed our match and lost by I think less than 10 points. You can look up the scores
on the First website. Our real first match of the day was against GUS, they were opposite of us, and during
autonomous, rammed us and broke our intake roller and bent our frame. Luckly we used the rental cars jack to
straighten our the frame, and the mechanical team had built a backup roller to bring with us.
We gave GUS the broken roller as a gift Smiley.

The ATC and camera tracking system were working great (Thanks Mark, Skyler, Mike, and Ryan B Smiley) We got a lot
of complements for our ATC and camera tracking.

I don't remember what record we ended up with, but one team came by and said that we were
the only bot that has been able to push them around.

At alliance selection, we were selected by teams 126 and 1155. These are teams that were on our selection
list from the night before. Matt and Catherine called it great.

The first round, I believe, was our toughest, we tied the first match, went 1 and 1, and in the tie breaker
we won. In the semi-finals one of the other teams robots had issues and did not run. During these rounds
Jamison was very accurate as human player, and I believe scored a decisive super cell at the end of one of the
matches. He was awesome!!! The human player from team 177 was amazing, I don't think he ever missed.

I believe that at the finals is were we shined. Skyler, Ennio, Matt and teams 126 and 1155 devised a great strategy,
pin team 175 BUZZ Robotics and don't let them score, BUZZ was a great bot, that could dump very well and were very
fast. Once they pinned 175, from the stands you could see Ennio pushing the joysticks as if to plow them over.
Skyler tracked the trailer and filled it with the pre-loaded cells and they just kept pinning them, not allowing them
to move. We won in two matches. Jamison later said he saw tread marks where 175 was trying to escape.

After award ceremonies, and collecting our voices, in typical Bacon fashion we were the last team to leave the pits.
We then went to a small restaurant and had dinner, the kids were on cloud nine. I still can see the smile on
Matt's and Mike Walkers faces. I don't think they will take their medals off.

Also, the people here in CT were great, I think during the finals we had more than half the crowd shouting
OINK OINK BOOM. Teams GUS and Bionic Tigers cheered with us in the finals, Team Paragon (Best cheerers overall)
were cheering for us on the other side of the field, i can't remember the name of the team on the other side of the
field but they were at the top of the bleachers spelling out "(love) BACON!" Thank you CT for a great regional.

I just want to say how proud I am of everyone, the kids and parents in the stands, yelling, screaming, losing
their voice. To the mechanical team, that includes all the kids from 1251 and 408, job well done. To the programming team,
the ATC and camera tracking set us apart, and the students, mentors, and parents that made this season
a success, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard efforts and dedication.


Team 1902 Blog / Re: Hartford CT Regional
« Last post by Susan Goodell on March 28, 2009, 06:23:30 PM »
Way to Go!
A Great Competition!
Good Memories!
I enjoyed watching the Finals!
Did not get to see much of the final game though because the feed kept. buffering :(
What rank did we have going into the finals?
Team 1902 Blog / Re: Hartford CT Regional
« Last post by Dennis Christin on March 28, 2009, 05:15:34 PM »
Great job Bacon!!!!!
Team 1902 Blog / Re: Hartford CT Regional
« Last post by Joyce Go on March 28, 2009, 05:14:06 PM »
WhoooooooO! We are #1!!!!Go Red Alliance!!!
Bring Home the BACON now!!!

Fantastic job, guys! Wish I were there!!! ;D
Team 1902 Blog / Re: Hartford CT Regional
« Last post by Joyce Go on March 28, 2009, 04:11:08 PM »
Did you hear the sonic boom just now? It must be a shout out for the "Exploding Bacon"!! Semi-final here we come! ;D
Team 1902 Blog / Re: Hartford CT Regional
« Last post by Dennis Christin on March 28, 2009, 04:02:20 PM »
yayayayaya semi-finals here we come, keep up the great work Bacon.
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