What is FIRST?
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program founded by Dean Kamen to inspire students to be leaders in science and technology, innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership in students as well as build science, engineering, technology and problem solving skills.
This weekend we went to our first district competition of the season at Auburn Mountainview High School in Auburn. Being at a smaller competition was interesting because there was less time between matches. A cool thing was that we got to play either with or against almost all of the teams there, including our friends from the Horns of Havoc (3393) and the Revolution (360)! The weekend went pretty smoothly, considering it was a week one event! Our bot (Low Rider) was a resilient little thing; it didn’t really break until finals. We didn’t even have to tighten the chain very often!
The autonomous wasn’t working very well on Friday, but by Saturday we had found the problem. Because we were setting the catapult in the pit before each match, the bungees would stay tensioned for 20 or so minutes before the catapult was shot in the autonomous period. The shot went short every time because the bungees lost their power from being tight so long. We solved the problem by simply shooting from closer in autonomous. After that fix, we made most of our autonomous shots into the high goal!
At the end of qualifications, we were ranked 5th out of all the teams, which meant that we got to pick our own alliance if we weren’t picked first. Puyallup (3393) was the number one seed, so they got to pick first, and they picked us! Being first seed, we also got the last pick, and with it, we got team 4772, Optimistic Skyz! They are a great goalie bot from Seattle. Our alliance made it all the way to the finals against Lions Robotics, Bear Metal, and the Bionic Braves. We won match one and lost match match two in two aggressive and exciting games. But after match two, the Lions bot was really broken. They needed time to fix it but didn’t have another timeout, so Josh (Puyallup’s driver) used ours to help them out. They ended up being able to fix their robot and get it onto the field, ready to play, for match three. We ended up losing match three, but we had a lot of fun playing with all six bots on the field!
One of the best parts of having your team make it deep into finals is getting to go absolutely nuts cheering for them. We ended up creating our own cheering section on the floor in front of the field where everyone stood and danced and “Oh Yupped” all throughout finals. I was pleasantly surprised at how spirited our team was last weekend. We all got into the face paint and safety yellow everything. We danced during all the songs and were the first to start cheers and give standing ovations. And we had a blast!
I would definitely say that our first competition of the season was a success. The robot and drive team performed really well and the only problems that we have to solve are small (weight, Raspberry Pi communications, forgetting pit items). Also, we got the Gracious Professionalism award which was a huge honor and made it to finals. We’re super stoked for competing in Eastern Washington, week 3, and volunteering at Glacier Peak this week!
Good Luck at competition!
Elena Meyerson, FIRST Team 2557, the SOTABots
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Last practice of the night! See you in two weeks robot!
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The SOTABots are a robotics team involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a mentor based program. It was founded by renowned inventor Dean Kamen with the goal of transforming our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated, and where young people begin to realize their dream of becoming science and technology leaders.
SOTABots was started at the Tacoma School of the Arts in 2008 and has since expanded to include team members from not only the Tacoma School of the Arts and their sister school SAMI (Science and Math Institute), but also from Lincoln High School and Stadium High School.
SOTABots personifies Dean Kamen's vision by mentoring other FIRST teams and giving robotics presentations at local middle schools to get possible future team members excited about robotics and engineering. SOTABots, like all FIRST teams, is not just about building a robot and competing. It is about the life skills students can acquire through the hard work and dedication of creating something while being an integral part of a team.
Thanks in no small part to our gracious sponsors we have been able to accomplish great things since our inception. In 2008 we achieved the "Rookie of the Year Award" and in 2010 we won the Seattle Microsoft regional competition. However our performance in the tournaments is not our sole focus. SOTABots is dedicated to creating well-rounded individuals who reach out to help other teams and the local community. This has been acknowledged through other honors we have received such the Chrysler Team Spirit Award, The Industrial Safety Award, the Motorola Quality Award, and the Gracious Professionalism Award.
As a sponsor, your logo will be seen throughout Western Washington and points beyond. Our team apparel is worn not only for competition but throughout the year by students and mentors alike as a badge of pride. At the Seattle Regional in March 2012, there will be over one hundred teams competing from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Mexico, and Turkey. Your tax-deductible donation will not only support the SOTABots, but provide further advertising exposure for your business as well.
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About the team
The SOTABots are a local robotics team combining students from Tacoma School of the Arts, Tacoma Science and Math Institute, and Stewart Middle School. Our team is a part of the FIRST Robotics organization, a worldwide association designed to get young adults involved in engineering. Every year, we design and build several robots to compete in various FIRST challenges.
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Want to learn how to build robots? Want to learn a new skill? Use a power drill for the first time? Maybe you're an artist and you just want to take your passion into a professional setting. There are many roles and jobs that are necessary to maintain a team. Whatever it may be, there's a place for you on FIRST 2557 team. If you'd like to see a more detailed list of our different roles and jobs, click here.
- (Seattle) Rookie All-Star '08
- (Seattle) Regional Winners '10
- (Seattle) Quality Award '10
- (Oregon) Team Spirit Award '10
- (Oregon) Gracious Professionalism Award '11
- (Seattle) Gracious Professionalism Award '11
- (Seattle) Industrial Safety Award '11
- (Seattle) Olympic Regional Winners '12
- (Seattle) Industrial Safety Award 12
- (Seattle) Creativity Award '12
- (Ellensburg)Regional Finalist '13
- (Auburn Mountainview) Gracious Professionalism Award '14
- (Auburn Mountainview) District Finalist '14
About Our RobotFeatures
- 6 wheel drive (4 high traction, 2 omni-wheel)
- Bungee powered catapult that shoots at 70 degrees
- Wench and release system for the catapult
- Super shifters (high and low speed)
- 64:1 bane bot powered arm intake
- Autonomous consistently scores in high goal
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