Robotics teams prepare for local ‘bot battle (updated with results)


Q Cubed
Members: Charlie DeLorey ’16, Robert Gray ’18, Zach Weiss ’18, Zach Mills ’15, Alex Skipitaris ’17, Azuri Lorig ’16, Pierce Adams ’17
With a simple design and fast moving robot, Team Q Cubed qualified for the elimination rounds and was asked to be an alliance member. They lost in the semifinals to a very strong team from Lenox, Mass., but competed well all day long.

Error 404
Members: Dan Bassett ’17, Aram Soultanian ’17, Craig Ackerman ’18, Sophia Morales ’15, Pablo Fiori ’16, Ben Guirakhoo ’17, Elliot Tower ’16
Team Error 404 had to fight through many challenges – including wiring issues and programming issues – but still performed in the top half of the competition. The team was very resourceful and resilient, while keeping a positive attitude and having fun the entire day.

Members: Seth Isaacson ’17, Oliver Geller ’17, Nick Vaream ’16, Ivan Carroll ’16, Josh Roy ’15, James Turner ’18, Katie Perez-Albuerne ’17, Noah Hull ’15
Team Seuss turned heads at the competition with their 100 percent original design. This robot was fully fabricated from scratch. Every element of their design involved the diagramming, building, testing, and redesigning of parts. Unfortunately, they were not able to consistently extend their giraffe neck tube in order to score and compete. For the second year in a row, however, under the guidance of Katie Perez-Albuerne ’17, the team earned recognition for their engineering handbook. This handbook documents the design process and tells the story of how the team came together to design, build and test their robot.

Overall, it was a successful day for the BeaverBots!

Jon Butler, Robotics advisor said, “No other team in the competition had three robots and it is a testament to all the creativity, ingenuity and hardwork the entire team has been putting into their projects over the past three months.”

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The Beaver Robotics team – BeaverBots – will compete against 19 regional teams in the UA Effect FTC competition at Ursuline Academy this Saturday.

The BeaverBots are broken down in three sub-teams – each with their own name, logo, and robot:

  • Team #8238: Error 404
  • Team #8264: Suess
  • Team #8265: Q-Cubed

There are seven students on each team, for a total of 21 BeaverBot competitors.

How does the UA Effect FTC competition work?

Using a combination of motors, controllers, wireless communications, metal gears, and sensors, students designed robots to operate in both autonomous and driver-controlled modes on a specially designed field. The object of the 2014-2015 game is to score more points than an opponent by placing balls into rolling goals and then moving goals into scoring areas. You can sneak a peek at the BeaverBots’ robots in last week’s scrimmage post.

The day-long event begins with robot inspections in the morning followed by qualifying rounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If any of the BeaverBots place in the top four, they can move on to the elimination round and have the opportunity to select their alliance – the teams they want to partner with for the final rounds. The winning team qualifies for States, which are happening at the end of the month.



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