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.
Morpheus has had a great year in 2017, winning the Creativity Award at the Southern New Hampshire District, becoming District Championship Finalists at the New England District Championship, and making it all the way to the World Championship for the second time in our two-year history! For the second year, we placed in the top five percent of teams worldwide. We also earned 195 District Points, ranked 11th in New England, and 3rd in New Hampshire.
Before the upcoming 2018 season kickoff in January, 2018, we still have a few more competitions and events with our 2017 robot, Torquenado.
Today, June 24, 2017, Team 5813 travelled to Revere, Massachusetts, to compete in the 2017 Beantown Blitz. We were excited as we had been working on our shooter and hopper in preparation for this event. Throughout the qualification matches, our team performed extremely well. In Qualification match 17, we were allied with Team 125 (Nutrons), and Team 20 (Rocketeers), and scored six gears solo! Additionally, we scored several KPA in another match. At the conclusion of the qualification matches, we were ranked fourth. During Alliance Selection, we were thrilled to be selected to join Team 20 (Rocketeers) on Alliance 2. On the second round of selections, our alliance picked up Team 1761 (STEAMPunk Tigers). With this alliance, we were aiming to score four rotors, five to ten KPA, and two climbs in every match. Our alliance breezed through the quarterfinals and set the event high score in the second match. In the first semifinal match against Alliance 3, we still scored four rotors, a few KPA, and two climbs to earn the win. Unfortunately, in the next two semifinal matches, the extreme defense from the third alliance popped both our main breaker and Team 20’s main breaker. With only one functioning robot, our alliance was swiftly eliminated. Although we were eliminated, we made some new friends and achieved new goals. Overall, Team 5813 had an amazing time and would like to thank Team 125 for hosting the 2017 Beantown Blitz.
On June 13, 2017, Morpheus attended the 2017 New Hampshire High-Tech Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award ceremony. We were honored to be invited for the second year in a row. After arriving, we practiced shooting a fuel ball at the stage. Before the ceremony, we talked to Dean Kamen, and he autographed our robot. Until the speeches began, we demoed our 2017 robot, Torquenado to the attendees by placing gears and shooting fuel. One piece of fuel was special, however. Inside that fuel was a card with the name of the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award on it. Toward the end of the speeches, Dean Kamen took to the stage. Receiving a signal from Dean, we drove Torquenado to the stage and shot the special fuel into the air. Dean caught the fuel, removed the card, and announced the winner to the crowd. We had a great time at the ceremony and were excited to play a part in announcing the winner. Morpheus hopes to return to the New Hampshire High Tech Council next year.