Since school started in August, we’ve had a pretty busy offseason (well, by our standards, anyway). In October we co-hosted the third annual CAGE Match tournament with our friends at 829, the Digital Goats. 18 teams came to play Breakaway, and I think they all had a great time. We were able to donate nearly 2,000 items to the Ronald McDonald House, thanks to the generosity of the teams.
Since then, we’ve been working on two projects. The first is “SpyBot” – a simple 6WD drive chassis with a camera mounted on front. The idea is to have a robot that will be able to be driven through the live video feed on the driver’s station, sight unseen.
The second project is a VEX tournament that happened on November 6. We designed a robot to play Hoopla at the Bloomington competition. Named Dinobot, Doggybot, Turkeybot, or Robobot, depending on who you ask, it made it to the semifinals before bowing out to the event champions. Very fun experience, it was great to get success going into the build.
We’ve got one more tournament coming up, Lock Tight Night at Indian Creek High School. Hopefully the team can continue the success and maybe even pull out a big win. Either way, it will be another learning and team-building exercise, and will give us more design and strategy experience.