Team 2228 - CougarTech
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This Year's Game

In DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, we join two competing ALLIANCES collecting samples on Planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote ROBOT operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the ALLIANCES must gather as many CARGO pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next SANDSTORM arrives.

T-minus 2:30: A SANDSTORM limits DRIVER visibility so ROBOTS independently follow preprogrammed instructions or are operated by human DRIVERS via video from their stations. ALLIANCES score points by:

  1. Deploying ROBOTS from Habitat (HAB)
  3. Loading CARGO pods into their ROCKETS and CARGO SHIP

T-minus 2:15: The SANDSTORM clears, and human operators take control of their ROBOTS. ALLIANCES continue to score points by:

  2. Loading more CARGO pods
  3. Returning the ROBOT safely to the ALLIANCE’s HAB

0:00: ROCKET liftoff The ALLIANCE with the highest score at the end of the MATCH wins.

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Our Design Process

As part of our efforts to become a more competitive team, 2228 has re-imagined its design process from FIRST principles to increase efficiency, mirroring the processes used in the engineering industry. Beginning long before build season, our student leadership decides on our Team Goals and Robot Design Goals to determine our grand-scale objectives for the year.

When kickoff finally arrives, we begin by brainstorming strategies on the bus ride home. Members contribute their wackiest ideas about how to play the game to a strategy brainstorm list. The team votes democratically to prioritize the strategies we pursue in each portion of the game. Then we break the chosen strategies down into their most basic behavioral details, e.g. degrees of freedom, range of motion, and maxima and minima. When it comes time to design the real robot, we have a solid theoretical basis for our design decisions. The team breaks into three or four focus groups called satellites that are responsible for designing the mechanical and electrical details. Satellites stay together until the whole robot has been designed. Their efforts are coordinated by the Mothership, or systems engineering committee, which is composed of all of our sub-team leaders. The process mimics matrix management and system engineering strategies used by real-world businesses to create their products.

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