From March 9, 2018, to March 11, 2018, Morpheus members travelled to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to compete at the 2018 SE Mass District event. On Friday, we set up our pit and got inspected. The next day, we worked on tuning our center-switch auto. Once the auto was tuned, it worked in every qualification and eliminations match that we ran it. During qualification matches, our robot performed extremely well, completing the auto quest many times, scoring cubes in the exchange, and securing ownership of both the switch and scale. At the end of the qualification matches, we were ranked fifth. In alliance selection, we were invited by Team 4041 (Iron Tigers) to join Alliance 3. Together, we invited Team 2079 (ALARM) to join our alliance. With our alliance, we hoped to get control of the switch in auto; maintain control of our switch, the opponent switch, and the scale; fill up the vault; and get one climb and one levitate. In the quarterfinals, we won the first match. In the second match, we tried our brand new scale auto that we had been testing. Although the auto barely missed the scale, we dominated both switches and the scale for the whole match. Unfortunately, a few field faults caused the match to be replayed. In the replay, we ended up losing the match. During the tiebreaker, one of our intake gearboxes broke, but we were still able to pick up cubes and score them. Our alliance was extremely excited when we won the tiebreaker match and advanced to the semifinals. For the semifinals, we were not able to fix our intake gearbox, but we still performed well. Despite our alliance fighting hard, we were eliminated in the semifinals by Alliance 2. Later on, during the award ceremony, we were elated to win the Innovation in Control Award for our autonomous path generator! We would like to congratulate our friends on Team 88 (TJ^2), Team 2168 (Aluminum Falcons), and Team 121 (Rhode Warriors) on winning the event and Team 6328 (Mechanical Advantage) on their well deserved Chairman's Award! Morpheus had a fantastic time at the SE Mass District event and hopes to return next year.
Today, Morpheus attended the 2018 Week 0 competition which was hosted by Team 509 (Red Storm). During load in, we quickly set up our pit and tested all of our subsystems. After completing a systems test, we toured the pits and learned what other teams have been working on this season. In our first match, we were able to successfully score several Power Cubes in both the Switch and Scale! After winning all three of our qualification matches, we were ranked third going into alliance selection. During alliance selection, we were thrilled to invite Team 78 (Air Strike) and Team 5459 (Ipswich TIGERS) to join Alliance 3. In the quarterfinals, we set the current world high score of 398 points. We set another large score of 383 in the semifinals. Following some mechanical issues, we were excited to be moving to the finals. Despite our mechanical issues, the finals were intense. After ending the first match in a tie, our alliance won the next match. In the next two matches, Alliance 1, which consisted of our friends on Team 5687 (Outliers), Team 238 (Crusaders), and Team 3323 (Potential Energy), proved victorious. Team 5813 had a wonderful time at Week 0 and would like to congratulate Team 5687, Team 238, and Team 3323 on winning the event. We loved working with Team 78 and Team 5459 and hope to work with them again soon. Morpheus is excited for the rest of this season!
Today was the kickoff of the 2018 FIRST Power Up season! After arriving at SNHU and talking with some friends, we sat down in the gym to prepare to watch the speeches and kickoff video. About 20 minutes before the speeches started, our friends on Team 1058 (PVC Pirates) showed us a leaked picture of the FIRST Power Up field. Analyzing this picture got us even more excited for the season. It was fantastic listening to the speeches, which were given by various FIRST members and government officials, including Dean Kamen, Governor Sununu, and Senator Hassan. Immediately after watching the game reveal, we hurried down the hall to the official FIRST Power Up field. After taking measurements, we got to talk to Andymark founder Andy Baker and FRC Director Frank Merrick. Once we arrived back at our workshop, we began reading the rules, unpacking the KOP, and compiling our "robot will" list. Morpheus is extremely excited for the rest of the 2018 FRC Season!
Today, FIRST announced the twenty finalists in the 2017-2018 FIRST Parody Contest, and our team was listed as one of the finalists! The winners of the contest will be determined by a vote on FIRST's website over the next few weeks.
Here is Team 5813's entry to the FIRST Parody Contest:
Yesterday, FIRST Updates Now published the results for their FRCTop25 Popularity Poll, and our team was tied at 93rd! We are honored and humbled that other FRC teams regard us as being in the top 100 FRC teams world-wide!
Today, we were thrilled to host one of our new 2018 sponsors, Dr. Luba Richter, DMD, PA, at the 5813 Workshop! We demoed our 2017 robot, Torquenado, talked about our team, took several pictures, and gave a tour of our build space. Morpheus thanks Dr. Richter for her generous sponsorship for the upcoming FIRST Power Up season! We hope that you will visit our workshop again soon!
Today, Morpheus travelled to Alton, New Hampshire, to compete at Battle of the Bay for the third time in our history. A large focus of this event was training next year’s drive team, so we had a brand new drive team for this competition. Additionally, we added a new wide-field camera, which we learned about from Team 1058 (PVC Pirates), to the front of our robot so we can see gears on the opposite side of the field. In our first match, one of the rotors fell off of the airship and was not considered a field fault. Later in the match, while we were climbing the rope, our bumpers caught the rotor and brought it up with us. Unfortunately, as the event was testing a beta version of the 2018 FMS, no on-board cameras were functioning. Throughout our qualification matches, our new drive team performed wonderfully. In another match, we scored five gears solo, aimed at the boiler with no cameras functioning, and scored about 4 KPA in the boiler before we went to climb. During Alliance Selection, we reunited with Team 501 (PowerKnights) on Alliance 5. On the second round of selections, we invited the practice/defense bot from Team 2648 (Infinite Loop). With this alliance, we were aiming to score three to four rotors, a few KPA, and two to three climbs in each match. After coming on strong and winning our first quarterfinal match, several strategic mistakes and missed climbs eliminated our alliance by a slim margin in the next two matches. Morpheus had a fantastic time at the 2017 Battle of the Bay and would like to congratulate our friends on Team 3467 (The Windham Windup), Team 4909 (Bionics), and Team 2370 (iBots) on taking home the win! See you all at the FIRST Power Up Kickoff next January!
On October 27, 2017, Morpheus members attended the 15th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit in Concord, New Hampshire! After setting up our sponsor banner and preparing Torquenado, we were thrilled to be able to talk to Governor Sununu and show him our robot. During the rest of the day, we performed a number of demos to various attendees, explained what FIRST is about, and encouraged them to become involved with FIRST. While talking about our team, we met many wonderful people, including some new sponsors! At lunch time, we attended Dean Kamen’s speech to New Hampshire’s technology leaders. Following the speech, we handed out FIRST fliers to the participants. Morpheus had a fantastic time at the Governor’s Summit, and we hope to return in the future.
On September 5, 2017, local FIRST teams gathered at the New Hampshire State House for a press conference with Governor Sununu and Dean Kamen. Upon entering the State House, Team 5813 was selected to stand behind the Governor and Dean during the press conference. In the press conference, Governor Sununu and Dean announced plans to open grants for schools to start new FIRST teams in New Hampshire. After the press conference was over, we got to talk with Governor Sununu and Dean Kamen. We were thrilled to be able to participate in this event.
Today's issue of The Hippo, which is a newspaper for Southern New Hampshire, features a picture of Torquenado on the cover and an interview with our team about Torquenado inside. Many other teams and robots are featured inside the paper as well. You can find the full article online here.