As the Waterloo District is known for being one of the most competitive competitions in the world, this year it was the usual rollercoaster ride for us. Friday was off to a rough start. The software team had not had as much time as they needed with the unbagged robot and so the day started with them finding out just how many bugs we had. The first problem was with one of the motors we were using - whenever it browned out, it lost any information stored in it and so all of the carefully calculated stop positions were lost and the mechanisms kept moving until they jammed or broke. Other problems followed (or continued), with both the software and build teams keeping busy with fixes.
From being 28/32 teams in the mid-afternoon, there was nowhere to go but up. And we steadily rose up the ranks thanks in part to our ingenious 18” climb using hockey sticks as supports. By the end of qualification rounds, we were operating fairly well with decent reliability and had moved up to 10th place.
During alliance selection, we were chosen to be part of the 3rd alliance. We progress with some good games throughout the playoffs before we were eliminated in a close game in semi-finals. The event was capped off with the team winning the award for Innovation in Control.