TechFire ended the 2014 season with the best international performance to date, finishing as quarterfinalists in the Galileo* division of the 2014 FIRST World Championship. With over 12,000 students from 38 different countries, this event was truly a celebration of science and technology, showcasing the hard work of our future engineers and innovators. Team 225 emerged from the qualification rounds with a record of 6-4 and was selected by Team 836 Robobees from Leonardtown, MD to advance to the eliminations rounds. Along with Teams 1023 Bedford Express from Temperance, MI and 217 ThunderChickens from Sterling Heights, MI, this alliance showed amazing skill and finesse, but lost by the closest of margins in the last quarterfinal match. View complete results here.
A big shout out to MAR teams 1640 Sabotoge and 2590 Nemesis who both finished as division champions and went on to play in the finals on the Einstein* field. Congratulations to the 2014 FIRST World Champions, Teams 254 Cheesy Poofs, 2848 All Sparks, and 469 Las Guerrillas and to all the other amazing teams who competed at this incredible event.
TechFire is grateful for the opportunity to play on the world stage and would like to thank everyone who made the season and the trip to St. Louis possible. After a few weeks of well-deserved time off, TechFire will be back in the shop preparing for upcoming off-season competitions and outreach events.
"Making the Future Brighter, One Student at a Time." THANK YOU for your support!
*The FIRST Championship is the preeminent celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The names of our playing fields honor some of the greatest scientists and mathematicians. Their work continues to inspire young people of FIRST — our future science and technology leaders.
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As you search the internet for the definition of loved, you might find the following:
-To have a deep, tender feeling of affection and solicitude toward (a person)
-To have a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward (a person)
-To have an intense emotional attachment to
-To like or desire enthusiastically
-To have charity for
-To thrive on; need; to experience deep affection or intense desire for another.
But when you include the period, the expression loved. takes on an entirely new definition.
And for TechFire225, loved. is so much more than just a word.
David J. Stickler met TechFire225 at the 2013 FIRST World Championship where he attended as the representative of NRG Energy, major sponsor of FIRST. David enthusiastically pledged his support for Team 225 and spent several months helping TechFire develop a nonprofit organization, TechFire Robotics of York. David's leadership on our recently formed board of directors was invaluable and his friendship and service to the community will serve as an ongoing inspiration to the many lives he touched.
David passed away unexpectedly in October of 2013. At his Celebration of Life, every speaker shared similar stories about David and his passion for helping others, giving of himself, influencing people to serve and many stories about his intense desire to help people to improve. If you knew David and spent any time with him, you were a better person as a result.
So what does loved. have to do with David J. Stickler?…everything.
It was a few Sundays before he died. David came home from a Gathering at LCBC Church in York, PA and he pulled out his phone to show his family a sticker with the word loved. . He was excited because he had something good to share. David said, “Do you know what the most important part is? Not the word, but the period! Because God loves us, not matter what, period.” He then asked his wife Theresa and his three children Becca, Joe and Sarah to each place a loved. sticker on the back of their phones so they could be reminded of the message often. And if anyone would ask what it was about, they would have an opportunity to share its true meaning. One of Sarah’s friends was with the family and said she would like to have one. The next week, David had a sticker for her and a bunch more. He said, “we are going to start a revolution with these!” As usual, David was right.
So that’s the story.
God loves every human being…period.
No matter what we have done…
No matter what anyone else thinks…
No matter how we feel about ourselves…
God loves us all…period.
FRC team 225, TechFire, presents our 2014 robot, "DJ Fireball". The "DJ" stands for David J. Stickler, a TechFire mentor and NRG Energy Vice President who tragically passed away this past fall. He was a great supporter of FIRST.
TechFire is sponsored by PRESIDIO Networked Solutions, NRG Energy, Penn-Air & Hydraulics, St. Onge Company, Fred Dallmeyer Fund of York County Community Foundation, Leidos, Coupling Corporation of America, Lockheed Martin, ParenteBeard, Vicente Rojas Family, Tekgard Inc., JMT Engineering, Weldon Solutions, the Engineering Society of York, and Penn State York.
• 117.5 lb without battery/bumpers
• 27.5” long x 28.125” wide x 48” tall
• Thomas 215ADC38/12 compressor for air generation and 9 tanks for air storage
• Eight 4”x1” VexPRO Traction Wheels with nitrile roughtop tread
• VersaChassis west coast drive system driven by #25 chain
• 80/20 brace in middle of the frame for extra rigidity
• 4 CIM motors and 2 Mini-CIM motors driven through VexPRO 3 CIM Ball Shifters
• Geared for speeds of ~4.5 ft/s and 11 ft/s
• Rotation actuated by 2 ¾” bore and 3” stroke cylinders
• 3 positions determined by cylinder extensions – one position where the collector secures the ball, one position for shooting, and one position for collecting
• 80/20 collector design keeps collector rigid, low-profile, and easy to tune
• RS550 through a 10:1 VersaPlanetary powers four 2 3/8” BaneBots wheels for manipulating the ball
• Potentiometer tracks arm position
• Arm used for collecting the ball, catching a bouncing or thrown ball, centering the ball for shooting, passing to other robots, and low goal-scoring
• Inspired by many 3-day robots (Ri3D, team JVN, team Copioli)
• Ball launched with 2 2.5” bore and 5” stroke cylinders (Inspired by a 987 prototype--thanks for sharing your prototyping videos!)
• Pneumatic latch allows cylinders to “pre-charge” prior to release, creating an air spring
- Changing the time between pre-charge and latch release provides a variety of launching strengths for different distances from the goal or over the truss (thanks for the idea, 842!)
• Catapult used for launching the ball over the truss and launching the ball into the high goal
• Ball centering control using a photo eye and the collector roller
Catching/Human Player Assist Device:
• Opened and closed with by 2 3” pneumatic cylinders
• Opens on three sides of the robot
• PVC construction allows catching device to flex, dampening impacts with flying balls and other robots
• Catching device mostly used for inbounding from human players—the catching device doesn’t catch robot truss shots very well
• Catching device applies pressure to the sides of the ball after acquisition, allowing for a more-consistent shot due to consistent placement
• Photo eye detects balls thrown into the robot from human players and other robots, automatically closing the catching device when a ball is sensed
• Homebrewed java program inspired by Cheesy Vision for detecting the hot goal (thanks 254!) (this was done by our fantastic programmer Andrew Lobos while riding to MAR Champs)
• Running a variant of Cheesy Drive (again, thanks 254!)
• 2-ball hot goal autonomous (Also done by Andrew—he did a great job with this, getting it after about four iterations between practice matches)
• 1-ball hot goal autonomous
• 2-ball (1 hot, 1 not) autonomous (for if there is a goalie)
• Springside-Chestnut Hill Winner (from #5 alliance, alliance captain)
• Lenape Quarterfinalist (from #2 alliance, alliance captain)
• Greater DC Winner (from #1 alliance, alliance captain)
• MAR Championship Semifinalist (from #3 alliance, alliance captain)
TechFire performed amazingly well at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Regional event held at Lehigh University this past weekend. After a tough start in the qualification rounds, 225 made an impressive comeback and was seeded #3 going into alliance selections. Along with Teams 1218 Vulcan Robotics and 357 Royal Assault, TechFire demonstrated remarkable mastery of the field but couldn't get past a tough alliance of Teams 11 MORT, 341 Miss Daisy, and 2590 Nemesis. Team 225 ended the day with a respectable finish as semifinalist in one of the most competitive FRC regional events in the country. Complete results here.
In addition to a strong showing on the field, Team 225 was honored to receive, for the first time ever, the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola. This award celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.
TechFire is also very proud of our co-captain, Wren Hensgen, who was named one of four Dean's List Finalists and will be recognized at the 2014 FIRST World Championships for his passion and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals. Congrats, Wren!
TechFire is excited to be packing up the robot and heading to St. Louis for the 2014 FIRST World Championships coming up on April 23-26. Watch livestreaming of the event here. TechFire will be competing in the Galileo division. GO 225!
TechFire was proud to be part of the inaugural FTC East Super-Regional event held this past weekend right here in our hometown. Over 1350 people came to York for this three day event where students from 72 teams from all over the East coast, Maine through Virginia, participated in this year's FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The event culminated in an exciting final match which was attended by Dr. Woodie Flowers, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Distinguished Partner at Olin College. Dr. Flowers gave an inspiring speech about our rapidly changing world and the implications for developing our future workforce. From the excitement, talent, and dedication exhibited by the participants at this event, there is no doubt that FIRST is paving the way to brighter future.
TechFire students and mentors did an outstanding job as volunteers at the event and were also happy to display the 2013 robot. Thank you to all the event organizers, especially Thomas Zawislak and Dave Hackett, Pennsylvania FIRST, who spent countless hours making the event a huge success. Congrats to all the teams for an outstanding showing and good luck to those advancing to the FIRST World Championship later this month!
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