Boiler Bot Battle September 16-17, 2016
All eyes were ablaze as the Buzzer rang. Fifteen Seconds. During that time, it was the autonomous period and anticipation to see who would win had already begun. Program-enabled robots drifted with precision across the playing field and towards their targets.
This game was one all teams play during FIRST Robotics Challenge competitions. This particular event, entitled the “Boiler Bot Battle,” was the first unofficial offseason event hosted by Purdue University at West Lafayette and took place this past September. As the new challenge has not been made public yet, last year’s challenge was used for this event. Team 135 used this event as an opportunity to get first-year members experience at a robotics competition and teach them skills they will use later in the season. Last year for a robot to score points, it had to be capable of overcoming a variety of obstacles and eventually collecting dodgeballs to be projected into either the top or the bottom of a 2.5-meter tall tower with special entry points for the balls. Additional points were awarded to teams with bots capable of hanging on a suspended bar at the end of the match.
Nineteen predetermined matches were played to decide which teams would make the finals. The top 6 teams would then be arranged to select their alliance partners for the final matches.
Team 135 led the way into the final, being ranked at the top of the competition. Directed by Seniors Chase Kidder, Chris Dell, Sam Battalio, and Lizzie Heisler, the team selected the first member of their alliance was team 3940 Cybertooth, followed by team 4272 of the Maverick Robotics Team. In tow was 234 Cyber Blue’s second robot, a practice vehicle. This alliance was a force to be reckoned with, scoring points left and right until the end of the final match.
Once the timer winded to a close, it was a tight race to the finish line. With all but two teams’ robots able to complete the final lift-hang, the countdown was a nail-biter for everyone. Both robots eventually hung onto the tower walls securing victory. In the end, Team 135 took home awards for “Winning Alliance” and “Stupendous Pit Award” from the 2016 Boiler Bot Battle.
By: Kelsey Anderson
Edited By: Drason Chow
September 26, 2016