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Destination: Deep Space was the 2019 game as a way to pay tribute to the moon landing that happened 50 years ago. We built a robot in 6 weeks that could place hatch panels on the cargo ship as well as the cargo balls to go into the bays on the ship. This is a string suit of our matchplay. We also built an endgame climb system called stilts, that would push the robot up and deploy smaller wheels to drive the robot onto the HAB platform. Unfortunately, we were never able to perfect this, and they were hindering you ability to grab cargo and play defense. We got rid of the stilts, making us lighter and better at defense, which was something other teams liked. We got picked by the #1 alliance at GPR but lost in the quarterfinals. We can't wait to compete at Detroit again!
The 2018 game was called FIRST Power Up. Our 2018 season saw our robot go through a rollercoaster build season with many highs and many lows. In the last three days of build season the team had to redesign the robot. The new design was done Saturday evening, but then the drive team practiced down at NREC and destroyed the robot. With Tuesday being the final day of build season, the team pulled a 9 hour marathon to rebuild the robot before bag day. The team went on to have a lot of success and got picked for alliances in both regionals. The team also had success in the World Championship event in the Darwin Division. The team also competed at the WOW District event and also the WVRoX 26 hour and 14 minute endurance competition.
The game for the current 2017 season is titled FIRST STEAMWORKS. Teams are tasked to design robots to deliver gears to the airships in the middle of the field, to shoot fuel into boilers, and to climb a 5 foot rope to ready for takeoff. Our team spent over a hundred accumulated hours designing and building our robot to compete at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional hosted at Cal U, and at the Miami Valley Regional hosted at Wittenberg University.
This year, we challenged ourselves to go above and beyond our previous robot designs, by designing a bot that effectively delivers gears to the airship and climbs the rope to be "ready for takeoff." As a team we overcame one challenge after another, but had finished off our season strong! We learned from this year and are prepared to compete next year in 2018. Check out our 2017 robot by clicking the button below!
2016 First Stronghold
The game for the 2016 season is titled FIRST STRONGHOLD. Robots in this competition traverse obstacles and score dodge ball like boulders into goals to score points. Our team spent over a hundred accumulated hours designing and building our robot to compete at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional hosted at Cal U, and at the Buckeye Regional hosted at Ohio State University. Check out our match videos and how we did by clicking one of the buttons below!
Our determination to become a better team got us to where we are today. We ranked 10th at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional and 7th at the Buckeye Regional. That was a HUGE improvement from last year. Our robot was better designed and our team was closer than ever before. We learned a lot and had fun doing so. We couldn't have gotten this far without the help of our excellent mentors. We all can't wait for next years season!
How it all started
In 2015, freshmen Matt Esser and Colton Eisenreich started the FIRST Robotics Team 5740, under the guidance of Miss Goodwin, who was a physics teacher at North Catholic. We gathered students who were interested in Robotics, and the program was born! We had a rough start, but we pulled together and built a robot. We ranked 42 of 54 teams, and were determined to do even better in he 2016 season.
awards and ranks
Engineering Inspiration at MVR
Quarter-finalist at MVR with the 8th seed alliance
Quarter-finalist at GPR with the 1st seed alliance
Team member Matthew Esser awarded Dean's List Finalist at
Greater Pittsburgh Regional.
Quarter-finalist 6th seed alliance captain at Buckeye Regional.
Quarter-finalist 8th seed alliance captain at Greater Pittsburgh
Recipient of the Rookie Inspiration Award.
OUR 2019 TEAM
36 Students Total
4 College Students Mentors