Ultimate Ascent, 2013
Features: During this year, Team 1396 created an offensive robot, which weighed about 113 pounds, that was able to ascend two levels on a three-level pyramid. This was our system for scoring points as opposed to shooting disks into far goals. Two 12in pistons working in tandem hoisted the robot to the 1st level. Next, 2 additional pistons extended to deploy a removable hook onto the second level. A belt attached to the hook and an AndyMark motor aided the crank of the belt 60in onto the pyramid. For each level that our robot was able to grasp and pass, we scored 10 points. As a result, our robot became one of the few that were able to climb past the first level sufficiently at the regional. The robot moved around the field promptly and efficiently using four CIM motors and four wheels, which were eight inches in diameter. Our team and robot performed incredibly well and was allied with Team 1155 (SciBorgs) and Team 2344 (Saunders Droid Factory) for the quarterfinals at the NYC FIRST Regional Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. Since our robot was able to consistently score 20 points, we were a valuable ally. Article by Nicole Goubin
Rebound Rumble, 2012
Features: Team 1396 designed this year’s robot with both offensive and defensive capabilities in mind. Using a six wheel drive, powered by four CIM-motors, our robot is able to travel anywhere on the field in a short time and turn on a dime, thanks to four omni wheels mounted in the front and back on the drive train. We can easily pick up the foam basketballs with the help of a front mounted conveyor belt. The conveyor belt then feeds the balls to our shooter mechanism. Powered by two BaneBot motors each, we have plenty of power to reach each level hoop. Two wheels, mounted opposite each other vertically, spinning at our desired velocity, shoot the basketball into the hoops. Other features include a pneumatic arm that alters the bridge to balance, a camera to make precise shots and a fully functioning/scoring hybrid mode. Article by Chris Granata
Features: This year, Team 1396 designed a fully offensive robot which met the needs of the primary goal in Logomotion, which was hanging ubertubes. Two CIM-motors give plenty of forward thrust to reach tubes all over the field. The team designed a versatile arm, powered by a CIM motor and chain, that could reach each of the three peg levels to hang the ubertubes. Attached at the foot of our arm is the claw which we used to pick up the ubertubes to hang them on the pegs. Powered by pneumatic air, the claw opens and closes to secure ubertubes in its grip. In addition to the tele-operated period, our robot can score points in the autonomous period. Although our robot did not not have a minibot, we scored points with an average of 3 tubes a minute. Article by Chris Granata
Features: The robot this year was able to perform multiple functions the game had to offer, such as crossing the barrier as shown in the picture to the right. Our robot was capable of scoring multiple soccer balls, using a rotating flipper (not shown), which propelled the balls into the net. The robot crossed the field in a matter of seconds, thanks to a powerful 4 CIM-motor drivetrain, in order to score balls or hang itself on the bars located in the middle of the field. The arm pictured in the photo to the right was used to attach a hook to the bar. To meet the height of the bar, the arm raises to around twice its size and deploys the hook onto the bar. Then, a powerful winch is able to suspend the 115lb. robot into the air.