Fort Cobb, OK – April 23, 2014 – Caddo Kiowa’s FIRST Robotics Team 2373, finished 11 out of 62 teams from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana and was the second highest ranked tech center team.
The game were played in the Cox Convention Center on March 27-29. We finished 11th out of 62 teams from 5 states. After qualification matches CKTC was the team captain for the number eight alliance for the tournament. As the eighth alliance, the team played the number one alliance in the first round. The tournament is best two out of three. Team 2373 tied the first game but due to tie-breaker rules ended up losing by one point. The team lost 124-117 in the second match, which eliminated the team from advancing to the championship in St. Louis.
The game, called Aerial Assist, is played by two competing Alliances of three robots, each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a lighting truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two minute and 30 second match. The more alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their alliance receives.
The match begins with one 10-second autonomous period in which robots operate independently of driver. Each robot may begin with a ball and attempt to score it in a goal. Alliances earn bonus points for scoring balls in this mode and for any of their robots that move in to their zones. Additionally, each high/low pair of goals will be designated “hot” for five seconds, but the order of which side is first is randomized. For each ball scored in a “hot” goal, the Alliance earns additional bonus points.
For the rest of the match, drivers remotely control robots from behind a protective wall. Once all balls in autonomous are scored, only one ball is re-entered in to play, and the Alliances must cycle a single ball as many times as possible for the remainder of the match. With the single ball, they try to maximize their points earned by throwing balls over the truss, catching balls launched over the truss, and scoring in the high and low goals on the far side of the field.
“It’s always something to witness the students work together to build their robots and then to see the action come alive in competition,” said Marcia Harmon, instructor.
More information about CKTC is available online at www.caddokiowa.com or by calling 405.643.5511.
FIRST Robotics team members are Elijah Cloninger (Hydro-Eakly), Debra McPherson (instructor), Donald Kincy (sponsor), Francisca Carrillo (Hydro-Eakly), Morgan Sage (Binger-Oney), Michael Evans (Cement),Trenton Stephens (Binger-Oney), Rody Farrow (Gracemont),Talon Reynolds (Cement), Rhett Morgan (instructor), Jeremy McKellips (Hydro-Eakly), Lindsay Beaumont (Mountain View-Gotebo), Bryanna Sacket (Carnegie), Nathan Retherford (Hydro-Eakly), Madi Mayer (Cyril), Marcia Harmon (instructor), John Caudill (Cyril), Jalyn Neeley (Binger-Oney), Brooke Williams (Fort Cobb-Broxton) and Randy Harmon (sponsor).
Posted on Wed, April 23, 2014
by Susan McElhaney