Winnovation FIRST Robotics Team 1625 kicks off the 2016 season with the annual Pancake Breakfast and Flapjack Challenge. The breakfast is on Dec. 3, 2016 at the Winnebago High School cafeteria. The pancake breakfast is from eight o’clock a.m. to four o’clock p.m., and the flapjack challenge is from is from ten o’clock a.m. to four o’clock p.m. The event includes pancakes, the flapjack challenge, which is the mini-bot competition, a bake sale, and a basket raffle; click here for a preview of the baskets that will be available. The basket raffle winners are drawn at noon and do not need be present to win. Tickets are three dollars for children 5 to 12 years of age and five dollars for adults.
The team prepares two minibots to compete with teams from Hononegah, DeKalb, Batavia, Oswego, and Aurora in a game developed by Winnovation's senior members. This year’s challenge, “Sprocket League” requires robots to manipulate soccer balls into a goal.Veteran members lead teams to build minibots, which provides a venue to train new members how to machine, weld, and program a robot.
* The soccer ball used in professional leagues and in the FIFA World Cup is called “size 5”. The following are the specifications of an official size 5 soccer ball:
Q: Would the robot mechanism just be the 18" x 18" body measured at the beginning of the game? Or would it also include extensions, and if so all extensions or just certain ones?
A: Any thing that is designed to manipulate the game piece I.E. a roller on top of the ball would be legal. A net put around the ball is illegal, so is a plow that the ball would go 3" in.
Q: We are requesting a clarification for the following rule: “The game piece may not enter more than 3 inches inside the robot mechanisms.” Originally the rule read “robot perimeter” (which we thought we understood) but the new rule leaves some room for interpretation.
A: The objective of that rule is to prevent one robot from completely controlling the ball IE a net around the ball. Attached is a VERY rough image that i hope will clear any confusion
Q: Can a Human Player use the ball as a defensive element?
A: No, the ball may not be used to interfere with opponents IE rolling the ball to hit an opposing robot or using the ball to knock another ball from opposing robots. Any intentional use of the ball for this reason will be counted as a “intentional harm to robot” or “intentional harm to game piece” foul
Thinking of joining Winnovation, FIRST Robotics Team 1625?? Wondering what we do, learn, and compete in? Join us Mon, Sept. 19, at 7pm in the Winnebago High School Cafetorium. We will share stories of our history and our expectations of the coming season. Winnovation is open to all high school aged students who are interested in brainstorming, troubleshooting, drafting, machining, programming, marketing, public speaking, organizing fundraisers, meeting sponsors, the list goes on and on. We run like a small business focusing on building a robot for competition with teams from around the world!!! You will have the opportunity to build international friendships! At our meeting, on Sept 19, we will distribute team handbooks to new members, discuss participation hours requirements, family commitment, our fall training schedule, and upcoming demonstration dates. We look forward to seeing you there!!!! Questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org