At the Iowa State Tournament #458 placed 4th overall but exceeded to the finals and won. They were nominated for the PTC Design Award, the Think award and were the 3rd place team for the inspire award. They won the PTC Design Award. Team #3549 placed 6th overall and was picked by the 2nd ranked team to be alliances with and made it to the finals match and lost to team #458. They were nominated for the Motivate Award, Think Award, and was 2nd place for the Inspire Award. Team #458 will be exceeding to worlds and team #3549 will not.
Team 458 and 3549 competed at the Milwaukee tournament. Team 458 was chosen as an alliance and competed but unfortunately they did not make it into the finals. Team 3549 was not chosen as an alliance but they were nominated for the Connect and Think award. They won the Think Award. Great job to both teams.
Team 458 was nominated for three awards: the Motivate Award, the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, and the Connect Award. They won the Inspire Award, which earned them an invitation to the Iowa FTC Tournament in Iowa City on Febuary 25th.
Team 3549 was nominated for four awards: the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, the Connect Award, the Think Award, and the PTC Design Award. They won the Connect Award. Team 3549 also won second place for the Inspire Award. This team had previously earned an invitation to the Iowa FTC Tournanament at the Lin-Mar Qualifier last November.
Team #458 and team #3549′s endeavors paid off at the Linn Mar competition on November 19th. Both teams ending up walking away with awards, a very successful competition to say the least. Team #458 received the Motivate award for their robot costume with the cool, moving eyebrows, while team #3549 obtained the Connect Award with their plans to talk to students at Kennedy to get a team started. Team #458 was also chosen as the first alliance at semi-finals. However, they did not make it to the finals. Team #3549 was the runner up for the Innovate Award which qualifies them for state. It was a very exciting and eventful day. Next stop: Davenport! Great job to both teams!
This is an approximation of how Hi-technic’s IRSeeker values are really read. On Hi-technic’s website there is a picture of how they claim the sensor reads directional values, and it shows that all of the values come off the sensor at the same angle, but that is clearly not correct. We set up some tests to read the values of the infrared sensor, and this is what we came up with. It’s not exactly perfect, but it’s more accurate than what Hi-technic says and it was good enough to get us lined up to the infrared beacon.
The World Championship will be taking place at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-30. Team 458 will be in the Edison division. Judging starts at 2:00 pm in the judging room E2, hardware inspection will start at 3:00 pm in the Edison inspection station, software starts at 4:00 pm at the Edison practice field and the field inspection is at 4:15 pm. Good luck team 458!