2014’s FRC competition is called Aerial Assist. Played on a 27′ x 54′ field with 2 alliances of 3 robots, the red and blue alliance.
The teams operate their robots from outside of the field as they attempt to score two-foot-diameter exercise balls of their alliance colors into goals on the opposite sides of the field. There are two low-goals on the floor of the field, and two high goals that are as large as the driver’s stations in width. Teams get points not only for scoring these balls, but for passing their game pieces between robots on their alliances in order to gain “assist points.” Teams get additional points for throwing the balls over the mid-field “truss,” a six-foot tall barrier that spans the midline of the field.
Additional information on this year’s game can be found here.
In 2014, The WiredCats began their season at the Dallas Regional, where they were chosen to play on the 8th seed alliance along with FRC Teams 1296 and 4063. Though the WiredCats did not continue past quarterfinals, they celebrated a great accomplishment in winning the Spirit Award for the team’s admirable display of energy and passion towards their initiatives. Additionally, the WiredCats won the Engineering Inspiration Award, thus qualifying for the International Championships in St. Louis. Two weeks later, the team competed at the Peachtree Regional, back home in Atlanta. The team finished 11th overall, and was chosen for the 2nd seed alliance, competing with FRC Teams 79 and 1746. The team finished as quarter-finalists, but brought home their seventh Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award, a great victory for the team. The team was also able to congratulate their third Dean’s List Finalist, Head Captain Emily Chu. At Championships, the WiredCats participated in Qualifying Rounds before ending the season with a dedication ceremony for the newly named Shanor Robotics Den. In end-of-season reflections, the team leaders decided to focus the 2015 season on a “rebirth” of Team 2415, marked not only by the naming of our workspace, but by a new leadership structure, minimalistic logo, and determination to improve our team and the communities around us.