FIRST announced the divisions at the 2018 Detroit Championship today, and we have been assigned to the 2018 Curie Subdivision! Morpheus is excited to compete with all of the awesome teams in the Curie Subdivision. To watch matches live from April 25 to 28, go to the Curie Subdivision Twitch stream.
On Monday, April 16, 2018, the Concord Monitor newspaper featured an article about our team's successes at the 2018 UNH District Event. We were excited to see that this article was on the front page of the Concord Monitor! You can read the article online here.
From April 11 - 14, 2018, Morpheus travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, to compete at the 2018 New England District Championship. On load in day, we quickly set up our pit and spent the rest of the day installing and testing our brand-new elevator gearbox. This gearbox features four 775Pro motors and can shift between controlling the elevator and controlling the climber winch. In a practice match, we were able to make a 4-tall cube stack when the scale was tipped in our favor. The next day, qualification matches began. On the first day, we had a tough match against Team 125 (Nutrons) and Team 1768 (RoboChiefs), but we were able to pull out the win with Team 95 (Grasshoppers); in that match, we were able to make a 3-tall cube stack in the scale while it was tipped away from us. During Thursday and Friday, we perfected our scale auto starting on the left side of the field. Additionally, we worked to attach and debug the climbing system that we had been designing since SE Mass. Although the hook deployment of the hook and the actual climb worked wonderfully, it was very hard to align. At the end of the qualification rounds, we were ranked 19th with a win-loss record of 8 wins and 4 losses. Unfortunately, we were not selected for an eliminations alliance. Instead of packing up the pit right away, we focused on improving our elevator PID and acceleration in case we qualified for the Championship. We would like to congratulate our friends on Team 195 (Cyberknights), Team 319 (Big Bad Bob), and Team 5846 (Southcoast Corsairs) on your District Championship Victory! Morpheus had a fantastic time at the District Championship and hopes to return next year.
At the end of the district season, Morpheus is excited to have 148 district points, which qualifies us for the World Championship in Detroit, Michigan, in a few weeks. See you there!
From March 29 to 31, 2018, Morpheus competed at the 2018 UNH District Event in Durham, New Hampshire. On load in day, we set up our pit, got inspected, played some practice matches, and tested our scale autonomous. The next day, qualification matches started. During the qualification matches, Insomnado performed extremely well. We consistently placed cubes in both switches, the scale, and the vault. On the practice field, we continued to refine our autos. After the first day of matches, we returned to Morpheus HQ to conduct our scouting meeting. Thank you to our generous sponsor Washington Street Cafe for providing wonderful food at our scouting meeting! The next day, at the conclusion of the qualification rounds, we were ranked third with 11 wins and 1 loss and a average ranking score of 2.33. During alliance selection, we were invited to join Alliance 2 by Team 138 (Entropy), and we gladly accepted. Together, we selected Team 5506 (Midcoast MAINEiacs) to join our alliance. With this alliance, we hoped to control all three game elements, fill up the vault, and get one climb in every match. Throughout the elimination rounds, a reporter from the Concord Monitor tagged along and talked to our team members for an upcoing newspaper article. Our alliance got off to a quick start and breezed through the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, our alliance was able to keep control of the scale and our switch in both matches, earning us a trip to the finals. At that point, we had an event record of 15 wins and 1 loss! Going into the finals against Alliance 1, we knew that we would need control of the scale early on in order to pull out a win. Therefore, we decided to run our scale autonomous mode. In Finals 1, our auto worked perfectly and kept the scale balanced. Although our alliance gave it our all, we ended up slightly behind on the scale, which lead to a loss. Our auto worked again in Finals 2! After a tough battle for control of the scale, Alliance 1 proved victorious. We were District Event Finalists! Morpheus would like to congratulate our good friends on Team 319 (Big Bad Bob), Team 1519 (Mechanical Mayhem), and Team 4555 (Sprocketology) on winning the event! We had a great time working with our Team 138 and Team 5506 and hope to work with them again soon. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Team 5422 (Stormgears) on winning the district event Chairman's Award! We are proud that the only three matches that we lost at this event were to both Team 319 and Team 1519. Throughout the last day of the event, we had a great time talking with and explaining our robot to Mr. James Blanco, Owner and President of JCB Performance Machine, LLC., one of our cherished sponsors. Morpheus had a fantastic time at the 2018 UNH District Event!
We are excited to see that, with 103 district points, we are officially qualified for the 2018 New England District Championship in two weeks! See you there!
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 and one of our intake gearboxes broke. During the tiebreaker, 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 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!