This year we tackled Logomotion with our bot "Valkyrie." We won the Entrepreneurship Award. Although we never won a regional, we still went to St. Louis for the World Championships. Once there, we held our own in Archimedes, although we didn't get picked. We still had a good time.
We built Odin, a stacker bot, our robot for Rebound Rumble. We were one of two teams in the world to successfully build a stackerbot. We traveled to Spokane, Washington for the Spokane regional and Sacramento. We won the Industrial Safety and Industrial Design awards, as well as the Quality Award. We didn't go to world championships this year.
This year we competed superbly and won both the Sacramento and Denver regionals. We also went to Madera for that regional. At Sacramento, we also won the Engineering and Inspiration Award and won a $5,000 sponsorship from NASA. We made 2 robots: Protobot, the prototype, and Beowulf, the competition robot. We went to FIRST World Championships and had a marvelous time, even though we didn't win any awards. We finished 24th in our division at world championships. We started making a SWATbot for the Fairfield Police and Protobot, which has 6 drive motors.
We held a rookie camp in the summer for high school students entering the robotics class and, hopefully, the team. It was a blast. We taught them basic ROBOTC programming and how to build a VEX robot. We continued to work on SWATbot and Protobot. Fall was awesome, too. 8 people have been added to the team: 4 freshman, 1 sophomore, 2 juniors, and 1 senior. We also competed at the 1st ever Powerhouse Pwnage offseason FRC competition at Pleasant Grove High School, where we won the Safety Award. We registered for the Sacramento and Inland Empire regionals.
For the game Aerial Assist, we decided to make a 3-CIM ball shifting transmission robot with a ballista to shoot the exercise ball. It was rewarding at Inland Empire, being 9-4 in qualifications and making it to semifinals. We also won the Entrepreneurship Award at IE. But at the Davis competition, problems arose early. One of our Jaguars stopped working, so we had to disconnect a motor on the other side of the robot to compensate. Then, the weld on the right side of the intake broke. At the end of qualifications, we were 5-7 and ranked 32nd out of 54. Miraculously, we made it to semifinals. We won no team awards, but Leah was a FIRST Dean's List finalist, and she made it to the World Championships.
We got even more rookies this year! 28 rookies to 17 vets. When the game video was released, it took 5 seconds for the vets to realize that we need to call back an old robot from retirement: Odin, our 2012 robot for Rebound Rumble. We used Odin as a base for the design of our robot this year.
We have never worked on a robot so much during our competitions. At all three competitions (Central Valley, Sacramento, Idaho), Loki required tuning after every match.We started off with using the low goal at Central Valley. The introduction of a photon cannon was essential at Sacramento, on top of our ability to breach. However, a poor schedule put us as second picks at all three of our regionals.
We lost in quarters at CVR and semis at Sac and Idaho (Loki tipped in auto). However, we walked away with hardware at each competition. At CVR, we won the Judges' Award. At Sac, we won the Gracious Professionalism Award, and Edesiri, our co-outreach director, was a FIRST Dean's List Finalist. At Idaho, we won the Innovation in Control Award, the first in our team's history. This award made us the 10th team in California to complete the Engineering Award Quinfecta: winning Engineering Excellence, Quality, Creativity, Industrial Design, and Innovation in Control.
This season, half of our team was composed of rookies. Thankfully, we had 11 seniors. We built 3 robots this season: a protobot, a practicebot, and Heimdall. Our protobot was our final design robot that we basically took apart to create Heimdall, our final robot. We used our practicebot throughout the latter half of our season tremendously, practicing with that robot while Heimdall was being built. Practicebot was still fully functional after Heimdall was bagged and tagged.
We were finalists at all 3 regionals that we attended: Central Valley, Sacramento, and Lone Star. At the first two, we lost both times to 1678, the Citrus Circuits. At Central Valley, since 254 (Cheesy Poofs) and 1678, the victor alliance, already earned a trip to the FIRST World Championships, we became the wild card team and earned a trip there as well. At Sacramento, we won the Engineering Inspiration Award. At Lone Star, we won the Quality Award. We lost to 118 (Robonauts) at both the Sacramento and Lone Star regionals.
At the FIRST World Championships, we ranked 6th in the Curie Division after qualifications. We lost in quarterfinals as the 5th seeded alliance. We won the Gracious Professionalism Award! We have never won an award nor made it to playoffs at World Championships!
We went to Worlds! It was our biggest achievement this year with our robot Ragnarok. Our team competed in the Galileo Division. We were able to go into Quarterfinals, chosen by our alliance members Team 2333, S.C.R.E.E.C.H., and Team 3959, Mech Tech. Unfortunately, Quarterfinals was the end for us, but we were grateful to even be granted the ability to play in Quarterfinals at Worlds.
We also did really well in Idaho; we ranked 3rd!
We were part of the highest match score of the event (425 points), had matches with 4 rotors scored, achieved 2 rotors in auto, and had 5 successful side autos in a row. We had the privilege of being the 2nd seed Alliance Captain with Team 1983, Skunkworks, and Team 5496, RoboKnights. Unfortunately we didn't receive any awards, but we were able to be one of the top-ranked teams at the regional!
At Sacramento we were chosen as the Wild Card that brought us to Worlds. We moved on all the way to finals! At awards, we won the Gracious Professionalism Award and received medals for being finalists. Our biggest moment was being chosen as a Wildcard, allowing our team to go to Championships!
We went to Worlds for the second year in a row! Our team competed in the Galileo Division. We were able to go into Quarterfinals, chosen by our alliance members as a third round. Again, quarterfinals was the end for us, but it was an amazing opportunity and an honor to have made it that far.
At the Arkansas regional, we finished in rank 7, becoming the 6th seeded alliance captain with our robot Mjolnir. Although we did not win any judged awards, we went home with the experience and the hope to do better at Sacramento.
Our robot ran significantly better in Arkansas than in Sacramento, as we ranked 30th. However, our awards team earned us the NASA sponsored Engineering Inspiration award, which qualified us for the World Championships with $5000. Engineering Inspiration is the highest award a team can earn outside of Chairman's, so it was very exciting that our outreach efforts were recognized in this way.
At the Central Valley Regional our robot Valkyrie did exceptionally well. For most of the morning our team was ranked 2nd place. Unfortunately, in the afternoon our schedule was very rough as we had matches against some of the best teams in the world, but we finished in rank 22 and were picked by the eighth seed alliance. We also won the judges award, so overall it was a pretty good regional.
In Sacramento we were rank 13 and were picked by the sixth seed alliance. We made it as far as quarterfinals and then were unfortunately eliminated from the competition. However, our robot's performance was not the most exciting part of this regional. For the first time in our 19 year history, our team won the Chairman's Award, the most prestigious award in FIRST robotics. This award is a MASSIVE honor for our team and qualified us for Worlds for the third year in a row. At this competition, our Secretary and Scouting head Sarah Bergendahl also become a Dean's List Finalist! This is a huge accomplishment and we are all so proud of Sarah.
At worlds, our team competed in the Galileo Division for the third year in a row. This was a super amazing experience as around half of our team traveled to Johnson Space Center to learn about real-world robotics applications and visit the workshop of FRC Team 118, The RoboNauts!