2016: First Stronghold
FIRST Stronghold is played by two alliances of three teams each. Alliances compete against each other to breach their opponents’ defenses, known as outer works, and capture their tower. They score points by crossing elements of their opponents’ outer works, scoring boulders in their opponents’ tower goals, and surrounding and scaling their opponents’ tower itself.
This year started strong. Lots of brainstorming and design. We decided on the drive train, and got working proof-of-concept manipulators working within the beginning of the second week. We soon had a working prototype, and began on the final bot. Once our first competition came around, we discovered a problem with our scaling mechanism. The motors couldn't output the amount of torque we needed even with our 100:1 gear ratio. We designed a working prototype in between competitions, had the final design cut out by one of our sponsors, and assembled it during the Pit day at the second tournament. Success! We were able to reliably climb! Now, during the off season, we are preparing for Capital City Classic and building a Super Pit!