Team 971 made it to the Quarter Finals in the Curie division at the World Championship in St. Louis this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 26th to 28th). Allied with team 27 Rush and team 503 Frog Force, team 971 was eliminated by an alliance of team 341 Miss Daisy, team 254 the Cheesy Poofs (who were allied with 971 at the Silicon Valley Regional), and team 78 AIR Strike. After every division (Archimedes, Curie, Galileo, and Newton) played out eliminations, four alliances remained to play an eliminations bracket on the Einstein field (Archimedes vs. Curie, Galileo vs. Newton). Congratulations to the division champions:
Archimedes (All the teams in the Archimedes winning alliance were Canadian): Team 1114 simbotics (Also the championship chairman's award winners, the most prestigious award in FIRST), Team 2056 OP Robotics, and team 4334 Alberta Tech Alliance, a rookie team.
Ultimately, Curie and Galileo went to finals, and Galileo won, so congratulations to Team 16, Bomb Squad, Team 25 Raider Robotix , and team 180 SPAM, as well as cnogratulations to all the teams that made it to Einstein.
Team 971 experienced multiple issues during qualification rounds, resulting in a 4 – 5 – 0 record. But during alliance selections, team 27 Rush was extremely gracious (and trusting) in selecting us as their first pick fr the 8th seeded alliance. Luckily, all robots were fully functional for both alliances in Quarter finals (except for the Roomba vacuum that had ended up under the red alliance bridge, resulting in a replay of a match) resulting in two exciting matches, with the red alliance (341, 254, and 78) triple balancing on their bridge, a great feat, and sufficient to decide what had so far been a very close match.
For anyone who is curious as to the nature of some of the technical difficulties and reasons as to why our robot may not have moved for several matches, here is the information. Hopefully more information will be available as we have more time to debug:
First qualification match (Q9): The laptop on the driver's station ceased to work with the joysticks (fixed by unplugging and plugging back in the joysticks). Believed to be caused by the second joystick that was added a few days before St. Louis to allow us to add more functionality (or, in that match, lack thereof).
The next match in which we were broken (Q102): The main breaker tripped while the robot was driving around (It is a 120A breaker, can withstand higher currents for short periods of time). Possibly because of degrading of the breaker or because something on the robot was drawing much more current than it should've (which would mean that the breaker had been doing what it was supposed to, but that we have something else on the robot drawing more current than it should be).
All other failures are believed to have been caused by problems with communications with the FMS (Field Management System). These failures may or may not be related to problems that other teams were experiencing with the FMS.
Great job to all the teams that won awards at Championships, and we will be back again in the offseason events. If everything goes as it did last year, we will attend Calgames (mid to late October) and the Madera off-season event (veteran's day weekend). Projects (which have yet to be decided) will probably be worked on over the summer.