With Build Season now running at full speed, The Alpha Dogs are working on developing their design and strategy for the coming season. We have built one half of the game field for testing the robot later in the season, and we have begun to finalize the list of systems that we want on the robot to complete the game tasks. The design team has taken the ideas that the team has developed, and has begun to make Computer Assisted Design (CAD) models for these systems, which will allow for parts to be easily manufactured by the build team. We hope to have a finalized design completed by next week, so we can begin to build our next robot.
The Alpha Dogs all came to Humberview Secondary School on a cold January 6th to see the reveal of the 2018 FRC game, FIRST Power Up. The game looks to be both challenging and exciting, and we can't wait to see what the season will bring. If you want to watch the reveal video, to see what The Alpha Dogs will be doing, watch the video below. Good luck to all competing in the 2018 FRC season!
The Alpha Dogs are Humberview Secondary School's Robotics Team and they have just arrived home from the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where they won some serious hardware – Finalists in the Curie Division, their fourth Excellence in Engineering Award of the season, and a Pit Safety award! The Alpha Dogs competed along with forty other Canadian teams and the best robots from all 50 states and many other countries from around the world. Each game is fast-paced and exciting, often with the win occurring only in the last few seconds!
Some sheer numbers from this year's FIRST Robotics World Championship: 427 teams, split into 6 divisions; 114 qualifying matches per division, and an estimated 29,000 students!
We would like to give a huge thank you to the teachers and mentors who provide us with so much of their time and guidance; Mr. Torontali, Mr. Ziskos, Mr. Hilgendorf, Cole Cyr, Mrs. Krauter and Mrs. McFadyen. The team would not exist without you! Hats off and a big thank you also go out to Husky, both Bolton and Palgrave Rotary, Becky Smith, Rotogran, and all The Alpha Dogs’ sponsors for their much-appreciated support of the team. You have made everything accomplished this year possible, and without your continuous support there would be no Team 4946.
Last weekend The Alpha Dogs competed at the Ontario Provincial Championships, at the Hershey Center in Mississauga. After two days of matches, the Alpha Dogs finished 16th overall and joined the 5th Alliance with their partners Team 2386, Trojans, and Team 4039, MakeShift Robotics. The Alpha Dogs advanced to the semi finals where they were defeated by the eventual winning alliance. However, The Alpha Dogs were able to qualify for the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 25th to 29th, along with 409 other teams from across the world. Good luck to all teams competing at the World Championships.
On April 6th, The Alpha Dogs traveled to North Bay to partake in their 3rd event at Nipissing University. They played strong qualification matches, going 10-7 through their qualification matches, finishing 6th overall. They went on to captain the 4th alliance, with alliance members Team 2013, Cybergnomes, and Team 4704, Northern Lights Robotics. They progressed well but lost to the eventual winners in the semifinals. We also picked up our 3rd Excellence in Engineering award, this time for the design of our shooter system. We can't wait for Ontario Provincial Championship this weekend. Good luck to all competitors!