At our first regional our robot Marvin achieved the ability to score both gears and balls during autonomous using computer vision, plus effective gear cycling and successful climbing. Marvin had a great first day, winning most of its matches and as such the team walked back to our hotel hopeful and expecting a lot out of the next day.
We had not realized, however, that we had managed to shred the belt of our climber. We did not realize this until it was too late and due to the hardship associated with finding the correct belt, we were unable to climb for much of day two. This led to us losing our first few matches, as climbing is worth a substantial amount of points – dropping our rank from top 8 to the later teens.
Fortunately Team 6413 Degrees of Freedom from Chandler, AZ, decided to take in Marvin due to our ability to score balls and gears in autonomous as well as our impressive defensive capabilities. However, both of our alliance partners had parts of their robots break almost as soon as the match began, leaving Marvin the only robot left alive on the field. Although Marvin was outnumbered three to one we still put up a honorable fight and although we lost, we felt satisfaction from Marvin’s performance.