The end of this week marks 22 completed days of build season; that’s halfway! The Programming Team got their drive train working and continued to program the robot. Mechanical worked on the gear catcher, prototyped the intake, and worked on the drive train as well. Electrical Team put connectors on all the motor controls and motors; the sub team also ordered parts. Business Team continued to work on applications for the Chairman’s Award and Entrepreneurship Award, as well as made invitations to our Sponsor and Parent Open Houses. Yay!!
Every year at the end of the OCCRA season OCCRA hosts a banquet to honor the robotics teams, members, and coaches as well as honoring exemplary members of said teams; in addition to this, coaches have a chance to win the “Hall of Fame Coach” award. Students can earn both an Honorable Mention and also the MVP award. This year’s OCCRA banquet had food served by Schoolcraft Collage’s culinary students with a wide array of food for all the hungry teams. This OCCRA banquet we had two honorable mentions being Jameson Borema and Andrew Ganss. We also had one MVP being Carl Urbanik.
Last weekend marked the last OCCRA tournament of the season, the County Championship. This tournament worked in a different way than others. Our team competed in 2 matches before an alliance selection. How does an alliance selection work? Teams pick their alliance partner that they wish to compete with for the rest of the tournament. If they are able to, teams pick an alliance that works effectively and corresponds to their needs. At the end of the day, the Shambots received the “Victorious Perseverance” for showing progress throughout the season. The judges commented that they noticed improvements during tournaments.
The last tournament showed the Shambots’ best performance yet! Before heading off to Birmingham, Michigan, the team decided to change their strategy by entering the competition as a defense robot. By removing the arm they were able to prevent opposing teams from scoring and move around the playing field easier. They finished with a 2-2 record, the best one of the season thus far! Way to go Shambots!
The CC Shambots brought the robot to the first OCCRA tournament of the 2016-2017 season that took place at West Bloomfield High School. Throughout the day, Shambots had jobs such as scouting, driving, and making adjustments on the robot. Volunteers from the team also assisted in queuing, making sure teams got to matches on time and helping the tournament run smoothly. The team competed in 4 matches and finished with 1 win, 2 losses and 1 tie.