Thank You, Waterloo

After months of planning and hard work, we once again participated at the Waterloo FIRST Robotics Regional Competition on March 22nd to 24th, 2012. We seated 5th and made it all the way to the semi-finals. It was a great few days with memories shared that will last a lifetime. Congratulations to our student leader Jared Baribeau and his partner Dylan Bender on amazing control of the robot. Also many thanks as well to our amazing programmers for making autonomous shooting a success, and builders for keeping it in shape. Many thanks to all our team supporters, mentors, sponsors, teachers, students and family who came to watch Prime in action. We would not have not made it this far without the support of all these people.

Bravo Zulu team on a job well done.

Thursday, April 28 – Competition Day 1 (ST. LOUIS 2012)

Day 1 was an interesting day…


7:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.

Not the best time of the day.  Our robot was completely inoperable because of an unknown issue. Turns out the power to the side car was not correctly hooked up. The inspectors were pushing us to get the robot inspected.


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m

Finally went to the inspection table. We spend this time working on the robot in order to pass inspection. We would like to thank the inspector for being extremely patient with us. And to add to the problems, we find out that our minibot is illegal. We got the pneumatics to work (and pass inspection!) and deployment is starting to come together.


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m

Competed (luckily) in our first match of the day. We played awesome defense, and we won the match!


1:30 p.m – 2:30 p.m

Fixed a few issues with the robot. For those who want to know, we had Victor problems, PWMs being chewed up by sprockets. Then we thought we blew three Victors, turns out Simbotics gave us a faulty PWM cable.


2:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m

We played in our second match. We loss by only two points. Another excellent defense performance from our drives and Rambo (the robot).


3:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m

We completed minibot deployment. Turns out the ramp for deployment is too low. We are currently working on raising it. Minibot is fixed and passes inspection.


5:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m

We competed in our third match. We played excellent defense again, and won by a point because the other alliance received a three point penalty.


5:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m

We brainstormed on how to fix the minibot deployment.


6:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m.

We played in our final match for the day. Match did not start well because of a high speed collision with another robot. Most of our robot becomes inoperative. We are disabled and disqualified.


6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fix the robot from the damage of the fourth match. Luckily damage was only connections that came loose. Deployment is sent to machine shop.

St. Louis, Here We Are!

RAM-Ferno has safely arrived in St. Louis! We look forward to the competition. Please check back for information about RAM-Ferno’s progress.

St. Louis, Here We Come!

We are the 2011 Waterloo FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Champions along with team 2056 OP Robotics and team 1114 Simbotics. We are also the Rookie All-Star Award winners. We look forward to the opportunity to participate in the FIRST Robotics World Championships held in St. Louis at the end of April.

Waterloo Rookie-All Star Winner

Not only were we the winners of the Waterloo regional, but we were also the Rookie-All Star Award winner.

Thank you to team 1114 (Simbotics) for being a great mentor team.

2011 Waterloo Regional Champions

We are the 2011 Waterloo Regional winners along with teams 2056 (OP Robotics) and 1114 (Simbotics). We would like to thank those two teams for choosing us to be part of their amazing alliance.