MegaHurtz made it to the Quarter-Finals this past weekend, taking double elimination to three matches before being knocked out by the #2 alliance. We'd like to thank our alliance members teams 4855 and 4004 for an amazing run! Sadly, this ends our 2022 competition season but opens our schedules for our next phase in moving to our new workshop! Be sure to checkout all the photos and our season video (coming soon).
Thank you to all our supports and team sponsors. None of this would have been possible without you!
MegaHurtz Robotics along with The #3 Alliance Captain Team 2054 (Tech Vikes) and Team 4237 (Lance-A-Bot) took home second place this weekend at the St. Joseph District Event at St. Joe High School.
An incredible weekend and emotional roller coaster ended with MegaHurtz earning a spot as the St. Joseph District Finalist. Taking home 2nd place is the highest our team has ever achieved at this event. The St. Joseph District event is an extremely competitive event and a go-to destination for the top teams of the state. The popularity of this event is such that ESPN has featured the playoffs live for the last few years!
Topping off an amazing achievement, MegaHurtz was also awarded the St. Joseph District Judge's Award. According to FIRST, "During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide that a team's unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition, yet do not fit into any of the existing award categories." The judges named this year's Judge's Award the "Full STEAM Ahead Award".
This family has their sights on the future of FIRST. From the unique design of their buttons and pancake breakfasts, they're going to STEAM the way from more FIRST teams. Contribution to the community never HURTZ.
This award was the judges unique way of highlighting the new relationship MegaHurtz has formed with Lake Michigan STEAMWORKS to be an educational non-profit bringing FIRST programs to grades K-12 through our community partnerships and our local fundraisers. Team members are interviewed by the judges for many difference aspects of the competition, robot, and community outreach. We are very proud the judges recognized our efforts and we also celebrate our team members for being able to communicate that to the judges in a way that made us standout as a leader among the many teams competing at the event.
If you've been following MegaHurtz Robotics, you know that we have received a tremendous amount of support from some very special sponsors. Two years ago, through their generosity, we began the plans for a new robotics workshop. The plan was to have it finished enough that we could be in it by the 2022 season. As with everything right now, the unpredictability of availability, resource constraints and a multitude of other factors, our new move-in date is late Spring 2022! In some ways this is a relief for the team. It would be impossible for us to both be working on a new facility and our new robot.
With that being said, we have started changing the way we operate in the workshop. The new space will be nearly 100% modular. All our tables, benches and tool carts will be on wheels so we can easily move things around as the season progresses from Design to Build to Drive. A major upgrade for us in this new working model is our brand new, height adjustable table! We also have new mobile workbenches. In the two weeks since kickoff, we've noticed a huge difference in our productivity and effectiveness working on the bot and the subsystems.
We are extremely excited to get a small glimpse into what working in the new workshop will be like next season. There is still so much work to be done on our new shop and we hope that anyone passionate about STEM (STEAM) would consider contributing to our GoFundMe that will help pay for the new equipment and tools we'll need.
More information is available here: https://gofund.me/7b7bd4e7
2022 SEASON OPEN HOUSE
COME LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM, THE COMPETITION AND ROBOTS
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6 @ 3:00 PM
The Robotics Workshop is located in the old brick building off the
Science Wing parking lot.
TAKE YOUR TURN AT DRIVING THE ROBOTS
PRIZES - FOOD - ROBOTS
ANY STUDENT IN GRADES 8 THROUGH 12 IS ELIGIBLE TO BE ON THE TEAM
BUCHANAN RESIDENCY OR ENROLLMENT NOT REQUIRED
This was just sent out to all Michigan FIRST Robotics teams:
Due to the current and potential threat of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our state and in accordance with public health recommendations, FIRST in Michigan has decided that, effective immediately, the upcoming FIRST in Michigan FRC District Events in our state will be postponed until further notice.
We recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for the season and we regret having to share such disappointing news. At the same time, we feel strongly that this action is necessary given that COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Michigan and the Governor has declared a State of Emergency.
Please know this decision was not made lightly. It was made in consultation with FIRST, our University partners, and our sponsors, many of whom are represented on the FIRST in Michigan Board of Directors. Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our participants and our volunteers.
We will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC, the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and local health departments as we monitor and assess the situation over the coming weeks to develop a plan to resume our FRC season and its events.
MegaHurtz Robotics WILL NOT be traveling to Gull Lake this weekend.
We have a lot of very disappointed kids (and adults). Please give them your support.
Over the weekend, MegaHurtz Robotics went to the St. Joseph District FIRST event at St. Joe High School. There they competed against 39 other teams from across the state. Buchanan's MegaHurtz Robotics FRC Team 5056 is made up of 12 students and six adult mentors. The team competed in 12 qualification matches and finished ranked #7/40 with 8 wins and 4 losses. During playoff alliance selection, the #3 seed invited MegaHurtz to move up. The new alliance did an amazing job first losing quarter final match one, winning two but unfortunately losing three which knocked them out of the competition.
After the conclusion of match play, specific awards are given to teams in several distinct categories. MegaHurtz is the proud recipient of the Quality Award which:
"Sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. The winning team demonstrates these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only part of their success and judges recognize them as a quality example to others."
The award language reads:
"Clean wiring with easy ACCESS PANELS for service instantly caught the judge's eyes. Their INTAKE SENSORS maintain power cell spacing no matter the FREQUENCY of their shooting. This clean and robust robot sets them up for MEGA success. Congratulations to team number 5056, MegaHurtz Robotics."
MegaHurtz will be at the Gull Lake District event this weekend. March 13 and 14.
This week we accomplished quite a lot! We fixed the intake system and it is now fully functioning with only minor dead-zones and jamming that we are going to fix with aluminum strapping guides. The electronics were laid out, wired temporarily until wire connectors are delivered and received on Monday and then permanently attached and connected. One of our team members made and attached an electronics plate on Tuesday and then made and attached the simple color wheel manipulation mechanism on top of the robot on Wednesday. The building team then continued to build a battery shelf. Our machine parts also came in on Wednesday and turned out perfectly! With some sanding and drilling they were put unto the bot. The electronics team was able to get basic code to run all the mechanisms and then shooter assembly began on Friday and completely finished on Saturday. Winding down to the end of the week, the shooter was mounted on the robot and tested. It is extremely powerful and it is expected to perform well once all the bugs are worked out. Bumper backings were measured, cut, and the front and back of the robot frame was resized so a guard rail is able to be ran on the sides, keeping the wheels from being completely exposed. The bot was then weighed and is 115 pounds out of the 125 pound weight limit. A lot of work had been done on the field element as well, and our partial field is almost complete. Decisions were finally made on shooting on the back of the robot instead of the front, and we will NOT be having a turret as we realize it will not be feasible, and limelight is still to be determined. Good Luck with us and everyone else as we continue into next week!
The majority of the first half of the week was solving problems. There have been lots of issues figuring out how to drive the climbing mechanism. We are currently using chain to drive, but due to the shape of the mechanism, slack builds up once the climber is halfway extended until the chain is so loose that it just skips on the sprocket instead of doing any work. We also ran out of vital parts that had been ordered that should be here by the end of the week. On Thursday, we managed to build a solution to slack in our climbing mechanism. The building crew also mounted our full intake to the robot and are working on welding belts to use in the intake, though there were several significant issues that may or may not be problematic in the long run. Friday, progress was made on the second and third stages of the intake, attaching motors and welding belts. Progress is also definitely being made on the climber and is coming along, but we are still working on getting hooks and the crossbeam in place. By Saturday, a lot of catching up was done and the intake was completely finished being assembled. It was tested, though it did not work the first time, parts were 3D printed that should fix all of our problems. Our climber only needs hooks, which we should be able to retrieve off of Amazon, but in the mean time, our color-wheel manipulator has been cut and painted and should be ready to put on the bot by next week along with possibly laying out a plexiglass case on the "top shelf" of the robot to house all the electronics and the battery. A lot of small changes had been made
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