Fresno Mini Maker Faire

On Sunday, April 17, Team 3303 participated in the Fresno Mini Maker Faire at Chukchansi Park. Occurring during a Fresno Grizzlies game, the Mini Maker Faire is an event where anyone can bring a creative work, and display it to the public within the stadium. Our team was proud of one of our team members and her three sisters, who were invited to sing the national anthem before the Fresno Grizzlies game.

Our team was privileged to participate in this event alongside Teams 1671 and 3495. For this event, our team showcased our robot and provided demonstrations of our robot crossing the cheval de frise and rock wall. We also had opportunities to share about our team and talk about the FIRST organization to everyone that visited us. Additionally, our team passed out fliers for the live stream showing of the 2016  World Championship at our work space at Fresno Ideaworks.

 

Our team at the Mini Maker Faire:

Pic from minmaker fair

 

Silicon Valley Regional

The Silicon Valley Regional in San Jose was Team 3303’s second competition. When we realized the potential of our robot, our team desired to try again at another regional. The Silicon Valley Regional was the closest competition that our team was invited to. Eleven of our team members, plus ten mentors and parents, drove to San Jose in four vehicles.

In the qualification matches (which spanned the first two days), our team had a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie. We were exceedingly happy with these results; we were also happy with the possibility of being selected to play in the Playoffs. In the Alliance Selection Rounds, our team was selected to play defense by the #2 seed, which included Teams 971 and 368.

In the Quarterfinals, our alliance beat the opposing alliance 124 to 57 the first match, and 172 to 51 the second match. After progressing to the Semifinals, our alliance defeated the opposing alliance 158 to 120 the first match, and 137 to 100 the second match. Consequently, our alliance continued to play in the Finals against Teams 1678, 254, and 1662. The first match, our alliance barely beat the opposite alliance by a score of 159 to 150. However, it was discovered after the match that our team had accidentally committed a foul. Because of this foul, the other alliance was awarded 10 points. These 10 points allowed the other alliance to barely edge us out by one point. The second match, the opposing alliance defeated us by a score of 202 to 142.

During the Awards Ceremony, our team was awarded the Industrial Design Award. Additionally, we received our Finalist Award medals. The most exciting part of the Award Ceremony occurred during the announcement of the wildcards. The emcee explained that since Teams 1678 and 254 had already qualified for the 2016 FIRST Championship, they generated a wildcard each. Also, because Team 971 (our Alliance Captain) had already qualified for Championships, the two wildcards were given to our alliance partner Team 368, and most excitingly, our team.

Talking to judges in the pit (Top Left). Our robot in the lineup (Top Middle). Our robot crossing the Cheval de Frise (Top Right). Finals – playing defense with our new and improved screen (Middle Right). Our team with Finalist medals and the Industrial Design Award(Bottom Left).Jumping over the Rock Wall

DSC_0474 Our robot in the lineup  Crossing the Cheval de Frise   DSC_0822DSC_0270-001

Central Valley Regional

Our Drive TeamThe Central Valley Regional in Madera was Team 3303’s first competition. This event was especially exciting, since it was the first time our robot actually played with or against other robots. When qualification matches had ended, our team had finished with 3 wins and 7 losses. However disheartening these results seem, our robot performed extremely well during all our matches. In the Alliance Selection Rounds, our team was selected by the #3 seed, which included Team 3482, Arrowbotics, and Team 1671,  the Buchanan Birdbrains.

When we were matched against Teams 5817, 1323, and 5677 in the Quarterfinals, our robot played defense for our alliance. In order to play defense, we had to hastily construct a screen made out of PVC and Gorilla Tape. The first match, our alliance won with a score of 105 to 77. The second match, the opposing alliance adjusted their strategy, and won with a score of 132 to 106. Unfortunately, in the third match, our alliance lost by a score of 115 to 98. Consequently, we were knocked out of the Playoffs. However, our robot played exceptional defense, blocking several shots with our makeshift screen. Our team was not discouraged by this defeat, but rather motivated to try even harder next time.

 

Our pit area (Top Left). The Drive Team at the beginning of their 7th qualification match. (Top Right). The team standard raised high (Middle Left). Our robot getting onto the batter at the end of a match (Middle Right). Our alliance partners from Arrowbotics and Buchanan Birdbrains (Bottom Left). Tinkering with the robot in quarterfinals (Bottom Right). Team 3303 (Bottom).

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