2016 Central Virginia District Competition

As always, Team 116 had a blast competing and meeting other FRC teams at our last competition. Held in Central Virginia, Epsilon Delta took Doswell by storm and wasted no time in the pits, working on our robot as well as helping other teams.

Thanks to the expertise from past competitions, we were able to provide multiple teams with various aspects of their robot. Our efforts must have been recognized by a judge as we were granted the Gracious Professionalism Award. Team 116 is especially appreciative of this award because it celebrates the fact that kindness, no matter how small, is never underrated.

In addition to our Gracious Professionalism Award, Team 116 is proud to say that we were picked by Teams 539 Trinity Robotics and Team 2028 The Phantom Mentalists during the Alliance Selections. We had the pleasure of working with these two spectacular teams and advance to the quarterfinals.

Team 116 Epsilon Delta is looking forward to competing with all of these wonderful teams at the  Chesapeake District Championship in College Park, Maryland. We’ll see you there!

Qualification Match Schedule for March 25th & 26th – Doswell, VA

Here is the planned schedule of matches:

  • Match 3, Fri 11:14am – RED
  • Match 10, Fri 12:09am – BLUE
  • Match 14, Fri 12:37pm – BLUE
  • Match 22, Fri 2:39pm – RED
  • Match 30, Fri 3:38pm – BLUE
  • Match 36, Fri 4:23pm – BLUE
  • Match 40, Fri 4:54pm – BLUE
  • Match 51, Fri 6:14pm – BLUE
  • Match 57, Sat 9:37pm – RED
  • Match 64, Sat 10:32am – BLUE
  • Match 68, Sat 11:00am – RED
  • Match 71, Sat 11:24am – RED

They are live streaming at http://livestream.com/LeeHartman/centralvaevent and please note that all times are subject to delays.

2016 Northern Virginia Chesapeake District Competition: SUCCESS!

Team 116 is proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2016 Northern Virginia Chesapeake District Competition Chairman’s Award!

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. It also entails a complete advancement to the District Championship, another reason as to why we are so gracious and appreciative of the verdict.

We would like to extend a thank-you to all of the fantastic teams that competed at our event this past weekend. There were so many incredible teams that presented and it was truly a pleasure meeting all of you. Thanks for making another great competition, and we hope to see you again soon!

Team 116 would also like to thank our sponsors: NASA, PTR Group, PODS,  Mach V Motorsports, Herndon High School, and everyone who have helped guide us on our journey. We would not be where we are today without your generous support.

Next destination: Doswell. We’ll see you there!

Qualification Match Schedule for March 5th & 6th

Here is the planned schedule of matches:

  • Match 7, Sat 11:51am – RED
  • Match 11, Sat 12:26am – BLUE
  • Match 17, Sat 1:47pm – RED
  • Match 26, Sat 3:02pm – BLUE
  • Match 32, Sat 3:53pm – RED
  • Match 37, Sat 4:36pm – BLUE
  • Match 44, Sat 5:35pm – RED
  • Match 50, Sat 6:26pm – RED
  • Match 57, Sat 7:25pm – BLUE
  • Match 63, Sun 10:10am – RED
  • Match 70, Sun 11:12am – BLUE

They are live streaming at http://www.firstchesapeake.org/events/district-events/northern-va and please note that all times are subject to delays.

And We’re Off!

Team 116 burst out of the starting gate and wasted no time in joining the rest of our fellow FRC teams at the Northern Virginia CHS District Championship today as we set up shop.

After almost seven weeks of planning, designing, and fabrication, we are proud to showcase our latest Angry Nerd. Thanks to the ingenuity of our team members and the fantastic support of our mentors, we weathered the worst weather to complete our robot.

Tomorrow, Epsilon Delta, along with 39 other teams, will unleash the fury of FRC for gold and glory.  In addition, the Chairman’s Award Committee will present to a panel of judges and compete for the highest award in all of FIRST. Finally, our two Dean’s List Nominations, Ian Boll and Marcus Bengzon, will be interviewed.

We hope to see you at the competition! The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 5, 2016:

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM   —   Pits Open, Practice Rounds, Inspection

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM   —   Opening Ceremonies

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM   —   Qualification Matches

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   —   Lunch

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM   — Qualification Matches

8:00 PM   —   Pits Close

Sunday, March 6, 2016:

8:00 AM   —  Pits Open

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM   —   Opening Ceremonies

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM   —   Qualification Matches

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM   —   Alliance Selections

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   —   Lunch

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM   —   Final Rounds

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM   —   Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM   —   Pits Close

* these times are subject to change and are estimated based on the flow of the match

Snow Days of Our Lives

Team 116 is slowly recovering from the tragic snowstorm of January. We lost almost a week and a half of the build season to the storm, and we were without our tools, prototypes, and materials.

Nevertheless, we pushed on. We found solace in our local maker space, Nova Labs, who kindly allowed us to meet and work on whatever we could salvage before the storm hit. They have been instrumental in giving us the space required to catch up on our build season schedule, and Team 116 is extremely appreciative.

Tonight, we meet once again at Nova Labs and continue our quest to build a completed robot for this year’s game: FIRST Stronghold.

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Nova Labs Meetings:

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2016 Animation Award

Team 116 and the Underground Society of Animators (USA) have handed over the reigns of the animation competition to AutomationDirect, where it is now officially known as the Dave Lavery Animation Award, named for our very own Lead Enginerd! We are incredibly proud to have partnered with AutomationDirect and look forward to seeing this year’s crop of student animations.

The official rules are available here, and you can discuss the rules and competition over at Chief Delphi. Good luck and happy animating!

Build Season Update

As of now we are writing the Chairman’s essay, and we are             also finalizing critical design reviews. Over the past few weeks, we have brainstormed designs for the robot, and started models on inventor. The group has debated on the defense-breaching capabilities of the robot, as well as how we should score. We took votes on these capabilities, showing what was most important as abilities for the robot. Other activities have been carried out, such as calculations of weight and cost of the robot. Some of our other group members have built prototypes as ideas for mechanisms in the robot.

We are working doggedly to stick to our schedule, and we are hoping for a successful and productive build season.

2016 Kickoff Weekend

Last weekend, FIRST released the details of this year’s FIRST Robotics Challenge: Stronghold. To celebrate the new build season, Team 116 held a Kickoff party at Herndon High School on Saturday, January 9. Mrs Riddick did a wonderful job by organizing a breakfast feast as we anxiously awaited the reveal of the 2016 game. Team 116 Epsilon Delta would also like to thank all of our guests that attended the celebration. Kickoff 2016 was a great success and it would not have been the same without you.

After the live-stream, everybody was extremely excited for the new game and instantly started downloading the game manual on their mobile devices or laptops while debating strategies and making predictions for the upcoming season.

On Sunday, Team 116 gathered once again to partake in Stubots, an interactive strategy session that we hold every year to get a feel for the game and test our knowledge of the rules. We created a scale model of the field using cardboard, trash cans, tennis balls, and other miscellaneous materials that we had access to. Using this makeshift model, we were able to place students in the game and be the robots. This allows for real-time strategy discussions through simulated competitions and sets the stage for the design process.

Last night, we held a brainstorming session to start gathering ideas for this year’s robot. The team identified the problems that Stronghold presents, determined the functions that the robot must complete in order to solve those problems, and then decided which solution best fits the game. We also had a rules test that spanned the entire game manual to make sure that members know the importance of fully understanding the game before building.

Throughout the week, groups will be refining and completing high-level designs of their robot ideas to be presented to the team on Saturday during Preliminary Design Review (PDR).

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