We’re selling these beautiful team shirts for only $20, it would be greatly appreciated and you can show your support for the Jonesville Robotics Team!
The students demonstrated this year’s robot during a visit to the company.
Martinrea one of the county’s largest employers has hundreds of robots ‘in house’.
Phil McDowell, Cobrots coach said the top brass at the facility were excited to see what the robot could do.
Martinrea has been a primary sponsor of the team for several years.
McDowell said although the students couldn’t operate the robot the staff at Martinrea was impressed with the design, programming and TIG welding details.
The team will compete in weeks five and six (March 30 & 31 at Shepherd High School in Midland, and April 6 -7 at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek).
Besides Martinrea the team would like to express gratitude for the continued support of other local businesses, Cobra Moto, Mr Rooter, Orbitform, Jonesville Tool, the Rotary Club, Walmart, Lions Club Intl, Stockhouse Printing, Solidworks, FIRST, Stoll Metal, Sand Lake Party Store, Jonesville Lumber, NEFCO, G&G Glass and Shirt Shack.
Local FIRST robotics teams got to work this past weekend preparing for this years six week build process with the release of this year’s game “Power Up” on Saturday.
The Jonesville Cobrots was one of 31 regional qualifying teams to travel to Michigan State University to listen to the world wide release of the game. The Hillsdale High School team traveled to the University of Michigan who also hosted a release event.
Other local teams gathered together to watch the YouTube video, which was released on Saturday before gathering together on Sunday to begin brainstorming.
This year’s game will require teams to design and build robots that can efficiently move milk crate sized cubes around a game field. The cubes are to be placed on a giant scale, which is four to six feet off the ground. Cubes can also be placed on giant switches on each end of the playing field.
This year’s game field is as wide as a tennis court and two thirds as long.
This year’s end game challenge has robots clinging to each other as they attempt to climb to a bar seven foot above the floor.
Over the weekend the Jonesville High School Robotics Team traveled to West Zeeland High School to compete in the International field of the West Michigan Robot Invitational (WMRI). There were no less than 10 teams present that had made it to the world finals last year.
That said, last year the teams all had seniors that have since graduated and have been replaced with freshmen. The robots were the same but the teams members were not and at the Kettering event last month the Jonesville Team rotated drivers throughout the matches to decide who might drive best in the future. Based on that for WMRI the driver was Steven Koppel. Georgia McDowell was pilot, Bryce Baldwin was human player, and Ethan Wisely was the Co Driver.
The team was able to deliver 2 – 4 gears each match and scored climbing points every time. The team was ranked as high as 5th but poor alliance support dropped them down by the end of qualifying. At the end of the event the team was ranked 20th but with an impressive score OPR (Offensive Power Rating) of 5th rank got them picked early in the first round of alliance selection picking.
Their alliance with 5980 (East Grand Rapids) and 3875 (East Kentwood) was strong but was eliminated in the first round of playoffs.
The kids would not be enjoying these life teaching experiences if it were not for the generous support from Martinrea LLC, Cobra Moto, Mr Rooter, Orbitform, Jonesville Tool & Machine, Ross Engineering & Design, The Rotary, Walmart, Stockhouse Printing, Jonesville Lumber, G & G Glass, and NEFCO.
Jonesville Robotics again has a booth at the Hillsdale County Fair (the Most Popular Fair on Earth). The kids are interacting with hundreds of people in the matter of a couple hours. Already after day one, we have a potential new sponsor, a potential electrical engineer mentor, and one more team member signed up. With the number of kids and their knowledge that graduated last year, we’re looking for a few good people.
Our presence in the parade may have appeared a bit minimalistic this year. 1/3 of our current team is in the band. We thought the parade started an hour later than it actually did. We had to drive from Cobra to the fairgrounds at 10:00 (actual parade start time) to get the drive controller from the team booth, hustle back to Cobra and finish packing with one team member. Arrived in parade que as the tail end was moving only to learn that we didn’t have the proper laptop to drive the robot! LOL Luckily a couple kids showed up with candy donated by Sand Lake Party Store and they tossed candy. Next year!
No other Hillsdale County teams made it to the demo at the Horseshoe pavilion but that allowed the Jonesville team to more closely interact with the crowd. After some early technical glitches (did I mention that we are mostly a new team), the kids demonstrated what they could do and then started letting onlooking kids drive while their parents asked questions. Parents and kids were equally impressed. “Wish they’d have had that when I was a kid” was overheard more than once. In the end the kids and coach competed against each other in a timed skills test (Steven Koppel our normal driver) was the winner by a large margin.
Last weekend five of our 6 team members were able to make the overnight trip to Kettering University and compete with 43 other Michigan teams. Michigan has the highest density of schools with robot teams and South Eastern Michigan is the heart of it.
Team members Steven Koppel, Cameron Goebel, Georgia McDowell, Ethan Wiseley, and Bryce Baldwin made the trip.
Kettering had more entries than previous years so the number of matches had to be reduced to keep to a single (long) day schedule. With only five matches, the team chose to use a different driver for each match. This decision did not make for the best chance for scoring well but it did allow team members the opportunity to experience the intensity of driving in competition as well as ‘pay back’ some of the kids that had put in work, and wanted to drive in matches, but had not been able to so.
The rookies and experienced drivers all were able to produce 2-3 gear transfers and successful climbs. The team also did a great job of trouble shooting some technical issues in the heat of the moment. Moments like this is where the real ‘teaching’ of this program comes through as the kids try to troubleshoot a malfunctioning robot, under a time constraint, knowing that you will let other teams down if it is not fixed. Issues included; troubleshooting and replacing a non-functioning climb motor, changing bumper color with tape (the team forgot our red bumpers), remounting a loose router and some solenoids.
Although due to poor team paring, and our decision to change drivers each match, we did not score well overall, but we are considering the event an overwhelming success in that each of the kids had the opportunity to drive and operate any position on the field.
For me, the coach, I actually advanced to the semi-finals in the mentor matches on Friday night without ever have driven the robot previously. I even climbed twice!