2013 Ultimate Ascent
Minotaur competed in the 2013 season Ultimate Ascent in a rebuilding year.
The team competed in the South Florida Regional in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Although the team did not win any awards, it did accomplish all of its pre-season objectives and is well positioned for next season. For the second year in a row, the team avoided catastrophe when the trailer tire had a blowout. After Mr. Mead’s expert nighttime tire changing, the team arrived safe in Ft Lauderdale. Day 1 was spent assembling the robot, passing inspection, Pit Area scouting, and practice rounds. Day 2 was first day of competition and Minotaur’s all rookie Drive team (1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore) jumped out to a great lead going 3-1 in their morning matches. Twice, Minotaur scored all the points for their alliance and one match, scored all the points on the field and holds the record for least amount of points for a win (4-0). During the afternoon, the team had some difficult draws as well as some mechanical challenges with burned out motors and electronics. The team ended day one of the competition with a record of 3-4, tied for 24 place. On Day 2 of competition, more mechanical challenges and tough robot contact played havoc on the matches with 1 broken pneumatic cylinder, 1 burned out motor, and several broken side panels. The team finished the competition with a record of 4-6 and tied for 26 place. The team is most proud of the assistance and advice given to their Pit neighbor and rookie team, Mighty Mechanical Mustangs, especially with tools, parts, and scouting which allowed them to advance to the Semi-Finals round.
Ultimate Ascent is the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition game. Teams of three robots each collect Frisbees and shoot them into goals of varying heights. There is also a pyramid which can be climbed at the end of the match for bonus points. More Information can be found on Wikipedia
Team Captain: Elijah DeWolf
in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
March 28 – March 30, 2013
Team 1369 was Rank 31 with a record of 4-6-0
Tank drive six wheel drive train. Flywheel frisbee shooter fed by hopper. 2 pneumatic cylinder to lift robot on bottom bar of tower.