Another Year Come and Gone

The team just got back from Saint Louis where we all had a blast competing against the best teams in the world. Championships was a great experience where the team had a awesome time competing and going on excursions to all of the wonderful places in Saint Louis!

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Some of the team in front of the Saint Louis arch

The fun started when the team got on board our flight to Saint Louis. On the plane we found out we were flying with The Holy Cows and some of The Cheesy Poofs; some of the best teams in the world! Once we got to Saint Louis we had the rest of the day to hang out and enjoy the city. While walking around we were blown away with the way FIRST changed the city. You couldn’t go anywhere without running into another team, or having random people wish you luck in the competition.

The next day we had some extra time before the pits were open so we went to City Museum. There, we had a blast and would highly recommend it to anyone that ever finds them self in the area. It is like a Chuck-E-Cheese built with steel scaffolding in an old sock factory. Fun, strange, and slightly dangerous their was no way that we couldn’t love the place!

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City Museum

The next day the competition began and we were enthralled with the teams the made it to championships! We got all fired up by watching the Killer Bees, Robo Wanglers, The Cheesy Poofs, and lots of other great teams compete! What amazed us even more was how well our fellow Arizona teams did this year.

Arizona, despite not being a robotics heavy state, was well-represented:  We achieved 12th in our division, the NERDS placed 13th, the Bionic Bulldogs ranked 32nd, Falcon was picked by the third seed alliance and the All Knights won their division and made it all the way to Einstein field.

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All of the Arizona teams

After all the competition was over and the winner was declared we got to listen to inspirational speeches by people and organizations like: The Air Force, Monsanto, Dr.Woody flowers, Grant Imahara (a Mythbuster), and FIRST founder Dean Kamen.

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Dean Kamen

 

At the end of the championships we all flew home and instead of calling it a year our team got to continue working on the robot for yet another competition, AIA State Championships. As always, the Bit Buckets can never seen to find rest!

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Support our Championships Attendance!!

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As many of you know, the Bit Buckets won the Arizona East Regional and qualified for the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships in St. Louis from April 22 to 25.

To pay for the registration fee and travel, we need to raise around $20,000 in the next few weeks. To help support us, we’d love if you would sponsor our team. You can donate via Arizona School Tax Credit , the Donate button on our website or via check to Bit Buckets Robotics.

We welcome any support you can offer.

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The Bit Buckets 2015 Chairman’s video

The Bit Buckets work hard to share our passion for science, technology, engineering and math as well as doing good works in our community. This is our video to sum up our efforts.

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We seem to have won Arizona East

The Bit Buckets wish to thank our alliance partners 3944 and 4146 for a fantastic regional win. Here’s the robot…

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Also, a chart of our match scores as the event progressed. Pretty impressive improvement.

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Come Cheer Us On!

CaptureThe Bit Buckets are competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition Arizona East Regional this weekend: March 19 Thursday to March 21 Saturday.

You are welcome to attend and support us.

The event is free (there might be a parking fee of $5).

The most exciting activity is Saturday (you are welcome any day). Dr. Urs Utzinger will bring his grill and we will have a tailgate party Saturday 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

You can visit the pits (safety glasses are available at entrance) and learn about the game by asking any of the participating teams questions.

Location
Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ

Agenda
Thursday: Setup and Practice 8:30am – 8pm
Friday: Qualification Matches 8:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday Morning: Remaining Qualification Matches, 8:30am -12:15pm
Saturday Alliance Selection: 12:15pm
Saturday Afternoon: Finals 1:30-4:30pm followed by awards

Up to date Game Status is available at: http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2015azch
or via Phone App: The Blue Alliance. If there is a webcast, it will be listed on the weblink above.

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Central Valley Regional!

Today we just got back from Central Valley regional and let me start by saying we had a blast! After the looonnnngggg car ride we finally arrived in Madera California where we then got ready for what was bound to be a interesting competition. We had a great time in California, and although our robot didn’t work at first, we managed to get many of the bugs ironed out by the end of the competition.

Along the way, we stopped at destinations such as Disneyland and the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which are great locations in the LA area that you should go to if you ever find yourself in the area.

On the first day of competition we spent the whole day trying to get our robot working and watching matches with Team 254, the winners of last years game, Arial Assist. Although we didn’t get the robot completely working, we did have a blast and we got valuable practice time scouting.

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The Bit Buckets in the stands before the matches start!

On the second day, the qualification matches begun. Our robot mostly worked and although we didn’t do particularly well, we had a lot of fun socializing with other teams like Teams 254 and 5104. We also managed to test our scouting app, and let me say good job Sumeet and Nathan, you did a great job and it is something we will love and use in the future for years to come!

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A sample picture from our app

On the final day we continued our matches and although we were not selected for finals we did get an award from another team stating that “The competition woodn’t be the same without you”! We also got to watch the citrus circuits and 254 win the regional and qualify for championships in Saint Lewis with a high score of 200!

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Ben singing Don’t Stop Believing into Mr. Forbes ear as he trying to escape the music with his own!

Although this regional was a bit problematic in terms of our robot we still had a great time and are now ready to compete at our full potential at Arizona and hopefully qualify for championships!

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VEX team achieves 8-point autonomous!

In August we set our goal to develop autonomous code to stack Skyrise sections. The Bit Buckets VEX team heads to the AZ State Championship tomorrow and WE HAVE OUR AUTONOMOUS CODE!!!! Feasts your eyes, here:

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Team Photo Is Here!

team-photo-500pxWe took our team photo today for our banner. What a good looking team, and an even better looking robot.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today the team celebrated Valentine’s Day the only way we knew how, waking up at 5:00 in the morning, for science! Some of us went to Phoenix to show off and compete with our robot at Duel in the Desert while a second group spent time trying to get our can grabber to work.

Our mentor Kevin Forbes examines the tote elevator while the drive team operates the robot.

Our mentor Kevin Forbes examines the tote elevator while the drive team operates the robot.

Duel in the Desert was a great way for us to find all of the little kinks that you hadn’t realized would be a problem until you actually compete with the robot. Unfortunately because we were fixing these small issues we didn’t get out onto the field for the first few hours, but once we did, it went great! Our robot preformed wonderfully and aside from a few missed grabs the robot seemed to work. We still have a lot of work to do if we are going to have a competitive robot but we are looking forward to perfecting our robot tomorrow.

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Preparing for Duel in the Desert

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Last push before we bring our robot up to Pheonix and see how it acts in the world of competition. Today is the day we finish up and continue to build before we see what we are made of.

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