The New York City Regional has a very special place in our hearts. It’s our hometown tournament, and it’s where all our friends are. There’s nothing better than having 3 days of robot action with the friends we’ve made throughout the years. From the years at the Javits Center to the current location at the Armory Track, the NYC Regional has always brought forth fun times, amazing robots, and an opportunity to mingle with international teams.
Phew, that was quite the weekend up at Rockland Community College in Suffern. The G-House Pirates took part in the Hudson Valley Regional for the 2nd time, and like last season, it was tons of fun. We got to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and somehow manage to squeeze in time for a robotics competition.
Day 1 at a regional event is usually unbag/inspection/panic/practice day. Lately, the team has been pretty good about passing inspection quickly, which then means that we can hit up the practice fields early and often. For example, in the 2018 season, we went from unbag to inspected in about 45 minutes, a new team record!
Driving through NYC traffic up through New Jersey, we arrived at Rockland Community College to compete in the Hudson Valley Regional.
We’re all packed and ready to head out to the 2019 Hudson Valley Regional in Suffern, NY! This will be the second time we’ve been up there, and we’re looking forward to some good times, catching up with friends old and new, and some awesome Deep Space robot action!
With competition quickly approaching, we had to get up to speed with our driving skills. One of the reasons we decided on building a practice robot this year was to enable the team’s drivers to get additional practice between events (since we can’t touch the competition bot between events).
This past weekend, the team was honored to be invited to exhibit at the Men of Color Lunch and Learn organized by cs4all at the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech. We were part of an exhibition showcasing the potential uses of CS education in K-12 education (but who are we kidding, we were there to drive robots around). This was an important event for us too, as getting more teachers into teaching STEM topics and CS would bode well for getting more students into robotics and other STEM careers.
We’ve had our elevator connected to the chassis for a couple of days now, but it wasn’t fully rigged up, so we weren’t able to test it properly. Today though, we finally (partially) rigged it, and for giggles, we even slapped on an actual motor to drive it!
We’re still chugging away at getting the prototype climber built. Initial testing showed promise, but the geometry needs to be tweaked a little. The elevator and intake team has also finished mounting the elevator on our test chassis and will be installing the intake in the coming days. Once that’s done and tested, we’re going to prep material for manufacture. This year, we’re going to be a little more organized and prepare a “cut-list” of pieces so that multiple people can work on fabrication.