On September 27, 2019, member of Morpheus travelled to Plymouth, New Hampshire, to participate in the 2019 NH Governor's Cup competition. During this competition, we were training our new 2020 drive team. After getting our pit set up and our robot inspected, we participated in a practice match to test out our brand new suction climber on an actual field. The suction climb worked the first time, allowing us to climb to level 3 while taking up almost no space on the HAB platform. The next day was the main competition. We worked to place game pieces and climb in our matches, and we were able to secure the 10th seed going into alliance selection. We had to make a few mechanical changes to our suction climb, but were able to get it working perfectly by the end of qualification matches. During alliance selection, we were thrilled to be selected by our friends on Team 238 (Crusaders) to join Alliance 4. On the reverse side of the bracket, we were assigned Team 3323 (Potential Energy) to round out our alliance. Our alliance's strategy was to fill the cargo ship, fill two rocket levels, get two HAB 1 climbs, and one HAB 3 climb. Using this strategy, we were able to cruise through the quarterfinals to face Alliance 1 in the semifinals. Alliance 1 featured our friends on Team 131 (Chaos), Team 319 (Big Bad Bob), and Team 1058 (PVC Pirates). The first match of series was incredibly intense. When the scores went up, everyone was amazed to see that our alliances had tied 80-80. This meant that we would play at least two more matches in the series. Although we fought hard in the next match, we lost by only a few points. In the third match of the series, our alliance pushed hard and was able to pull out a narrow victory over Alliance 1. Going into the fourth match in the series, we were energized and ready to go. Our alliance came out swinging, and we played extremely well. When the scores came up on the screen, we were dismayed to discover that, while we had outscored our opponents by 6 points, there were 10 penalty points that swung the victory to Alliance 1. Although we had been eliminated, we were proud of our performance and cheered on the finalists. Later on, at the award ceremony, we were humbled to receive the Mill Yard Creativity Award for our suction climber! Morpheus would like to congratulate Team 1729 (Inconceivable), Team 1922 (Oz-ram), and Team 2342 (Phoenix) on winning the event! We had a great time working with 238 and 3323 and hope to work with them again soon! Our next event is River Rage 23 in October.
In 2019, we became finalists at SE Mass, won the Autonomous Award at Central Mass, and competed at the New England District Championship for the fourth time in four years!
In the offseason, we designed a new intake and were quarterfinalists at Battlecry 20 and became finalists at Summer Heat. We have a new climber in the works for our fall offseasons with our 2019 robot Anonnado.
On June 29, 2019, we travelled to South Portland, Maine, to compete at the 2019 Summer Heat event. At Summer Heat, if you placed two special hatches (called life preservers) and two beach balls in one level of a rocket, you got a free level 3 climb. In qualification matches, we tried to get the free level 3 climb, place a few more hatches and cargo, and then use our climber to get a second level 3 climb. After the qualification round, we were ranked 10th. During alliance selection, we were excited to be picked by Team 4311 (Swampscott Currents) to join Alliance 6. Together, we selected Team 4564's (Orange Chaos) offseason robot to join our alliance. We decided on a strategy of having 4311 place one hatch on the side of the cargo ship in auto, play defense, and climb to level 2; have 5813 place a life preserver on the back of the rocket in auto, place two hatches on the cargo ship, place 5 cargo, and climb to level 3; and have 4564's robot place a life preserver on the front of the rocket in auto, place the two beach balls, fill 3 cargo on the cargo ship, and park on level 1. This strategy worked wonderfully. After a tough loss in the first quarterfinal match, we regrouped and won the next two. In the semifinals, we kept the same strategy and powered our way into the finals in two matches. In the finals, we faced the formidable Alliance 1 that featured Team 133 (BERT) and our friends on Team 319 (Big Bad Bob). After two hard-fought matches, we emerged as event finalists by narrow margins. Although we didn't win the event, we were thrilled with the performance of our team and alliance. It was great working with 4311 and 4564, and we hope to work with them again soon.
On June 13, 2019, Morpheus worked with Team 1922 (Oz-Ram) and Team 1729 (Inconceivable) to host the 2019 Weare are the Bots FLL Jr. Expo in Weare, New Hampshire. Together, we hosted a station where the FLL Jr. students could learn about FRC and the program progression of FIRST. We demoed our 2019 robot, Anonnado, Team 1922 brought their 2019 robot, and Team 1729 brought their 2016 robot. We had a great time working with 1922 and 1729 and talking with the FLL Jr. students. We hope to help host this event again next year!
On June 8, 2019, Team 5813 members travelled to Worcester, Massachusetts, to compete at the 20th Battlecry@WPI. After load-in, we ran a few system tests to make sure everything was working. For this event, we added a new intake inspired by Team 254 (The Cheesy Poofs) and a climber inspired by Team 78 (Air Strike). In our practice match the next day, our climb worked perfectly on the field and the new intake scored wonderfully as well. In our qualification matches, we were able to quickly score hatch panels and cargo and also climb. Between matches, we talked to our friends and learned a lot from other teams. We especially learned a lot from Team 2791 (Shaker Robotics) from New York. After the first day of matches, we arrived the next day to find that our friends on team 2168 (Aluminum Falcons) had pranked us by placing a giant inflatable shark in our pit! At the end of the qualification rounds, we were ranked 11th out of 54 teams with a win-loss record of 6-2-0. During alliance selections, we were picked by Team 1100 (T-Hawks) to join Alliance 5. Together, we picked Team 5556 (Carriagetown Robotics) and got Team 2084 (Robots by the C) as our random pick. Our alliance decided on a strategy of 1100 placing 1 cargo, playing defense, and climbing; 5813 placing 1-2 hatches and 8-10 cargo; and 5556/2084 placing 4-5 hatches and parking on the dot. Our strategy worked beautifully in the first quarterfinals match. 1100 missed their climb, but everything else worked properly, which led to a narrow win over the powerful Alliance 10. Unfortunately, some electrical issues caused 2084 to not move at all in our second match, and another missed climb from 1100 led to a loss to Alliance 8. This loss meant that we did not qualify for the round robin in the afternoon. Although we were eliminated, we had a great time at the historic Battlecry 20! Morpheus would like to thank Team 190 and WPI for hosting another great Battlecry event and our alliance partners for a great run in eliminations. We hope to work with 1100, 5556, and 2084 again. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Teams 2791, 6328, 3623, and 1735 for winning the event! Overall, Battlecry 20 was a big success for our team. Our robot performed wonderfully and we got a nice shark from 2168! We can't wait for the rest of the 2019 offseason events!
On May 4, 2019, Morpheus helped Team 1517 (Lumberjacks) host the 2019 Concord FLL Jr. Expo. We helped by providing volunteers to fill key roles and a station for the FLL Jr. students to learn about FRC and the other programs of FIRST. We had a great time talking to all the kids about FIRST and our 2016 robot, Goatnado! Additionally, we did a few demos where the kids could catch boulders launched by Goatnado! We also participated in the award ceremony and congratulated the teams on their awards. Team 5813 had a great time at the 2019 Concord FLL Jr. Expo and hopes to work with Team 1517 to host the event again next year!
From April 10 to 13, 2019, Morpheus competed at the New England District Championship. We tried mounting a climber, but due to a few issues, we did not get it working in time for the event. During qualifications, we worked with our partners to try to get as many full rockets as we could. We placed about 6 hatches and a few cargo in most matches. We had a very tough qualification schedule, and ended with more losses than wins. Unfortunately, although we performed decently, we were not selected to play in eliminations. Morpheus would like to congratulate our friends on Team 125 (NUtrons), 2168 (Aluminum Falcons), and 558 (Elm City Robo Squad) for winning the District Championship! Although we did not make it as far as we wanted, we still had a good time and learned a lot. We can't wait for the 2020 season, and hope to qualify for both the New England District Championship and the FIRST Championship in Detroit, Michigan, next year.
This competition was our last official event of the season, and we will now start preparing for offseason events and the 2020 season.
From March 29 to 31, 2019, we competed at the inaugural Central Mass District Event. After our first event, we made our elevator more reliable, and started working on a potential climber design inspired by Team 179 (Children of the Swamp). In qualification matches, we performed excellently. We placed about 6 hatch panels and 3 cargo in most matches. Additionally, our autonomous mode was finally working. The auto drove us to the back of either rocket and then handed control over to the driver so the hatch can be accurately placed on the back of the rocket. During alliance selection, we were thrilled to be selected by our friends on Team 190 (Gompei and the HERD) to join Alliance 4. Together, we selected the amazing rookie Team 7438 (Brain Busters) to join our alliance. With our alliance, we planned to have 190 work on the cargo ship and climb to level 3, 5813 work on a rocket, and 7438 play defense and climb to level 2. After two extremely close quarterfinal matches, we advanced to the semifinals to face Alliance 1, which was led by Team 78 (Air Strike). After a rough loss in the first match, our alliance scored a major upset victory in the second match! If we won the next match, we would be going to the finals! After a hard-fought match, Alliance 1 proved victorious. Although we had been eliminated, we were proud of our alliance's performance. We had a great time working with 190 and 7438 and hope to work with them again soon. Later, during the award ceremony, we were thrilled to be awarded the Autonomous Award for our innovative autonomous mode! Morpheus would like to congratulate the winning alliance and Team 5422 (Stormgears) for winning the Chairman's Award.
We are excited to see that we have enough District Points to qualify for the New England District Championship in two weeks! See you there!
On March 12, 2019, several members and mentors of Morpheus travelled to Team 1517's (The Lumberjacks) workshop to help get their robot up and running. This is a follow up to when we helped with code earlier this year on February 9th. We helped them get their pneumatic system, ramp deployment, and arm PID working. We were happy to help Team 1517 get everything working before their first competition this weekend!
From March 8 to 10, 2019, Morpheus competed at the 2019 SE Mass District Event. Unfortunately, we got off to a rough start in our qualification matches, but were able to pull it together towards the end of the qualifications. At that point, we were placing about 5 hatches and cargo each match. Luckily, our good performance was noticed during alliance selection, and we were selected by Team 69 (HYPER) and Team 88 (TJ^2) to join Alliance 3. Our alliance had a great strategy where 69 and 5813 would place hatches, 88 would place cargo, and 69 would climb to level 3 of the HAB. The successful execution of this strategy took our alliance all the way to the finals, where we faced Alliance 1 led by our friends on Team 78 (Air Strike) and Team 2168 (Aluminum Falcons). After two hard-fought matches, we emerged as event finalists! We had a great time working with 69 and 88 and hope to work with them again soon. Team 5813 would like to congratulate the winning alliance as well as Team 125 (NUtrons) on winning the District Chairman's Award! We learned a lot at this event and cannot wait to compete at the Central Mass event in three weeks!