Our team, Slice of Pi, recognizes that this year's challenge is very complex and requires a good strategy to score more points on the field. Our strategy is to score maximum points in the autonomous period. We designed and programmed in order to remove the appropriate jewel out and placed a glyph which gives our alliance 45 points. During the tele op, we are targeting three rows of glyphs with a pattern. That can give us 45 points. Toward the end, we have programmed to pick up the relic and put it outside of the field which gives 15 points.
At its heart Engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions.
- Queen Elizabeth II
We brainstormed ideas, and we built a prototype using Fusion Autodesk. We then converted our ideas and the prototype into our physical design. We made sure that the robot met the measurement requirements for competition. For our rookie year we are aiming more for consistency and meeting our point goals so speed was not a major factor in our design - so, we have two front wheels connected to the motor using the gears with one to one ratio.
We used block programming for both autonomous and tele op. Our program precisely moves around, pick up the glyphs, and senses the color of the jewels. Our programs are well documented and version controlled which enables the team to collaborate.
All of our team members are passionate about giving back to the community. This year we have hosted many expos, workshops, classes and scrimmages. We have mentored 15 rookie FLL teams and 4 FTC teams to help prepare for competition. We have also organized The World Robotics Olympiad in the eastern region for the first time. We have also raised over $1,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief funds and we have helped serve families through making meals for our local homeless shelter.
Sponsors & Mentors
We have multiple sponsors for our team this year. Huge thank you to them because they helped us get our designs to a reality! They inspired us to keep working to finish our robot even when we had a problem. Visit our sponsors page to know more about the companies behind this FTC team.
Our Mentor is Robotics For Youth (RFY)! They impact today's youth by letting them experience the joy of robotics. We talk more about RFY on our About Us Page. Thank you RFY! Visit our sponsors page to know more about the companies behind this FTC team.
Our Road to Success
This year, even though we are a rookie FTC Team, our goal is to advance to states. To achieve this goal we all have put in a lot of time programming, designing, and preparing. We have mapped out a plan and a strategy to hopefully continue to states. Our road to success has not been an easy one as we have faced many challenges along the way. We blew out a motor because of our programming (which we fixed) and had to face some difficult challenges, but in the end we were all able to work past these difficulties. We were lucky because the motor blowing out was our only large problem. We hope that all the hours we put in can lead us on the trail to states!