Friday, March 27

Competitions and More!

Team 2342 recently competed at the UNH District event on 21 and 22 March! The team took first place in the qualifying rounds, and also made it to the semi-finals. Phoenix Robotics is currently preparing for their next competition at WPI. They are making a few final changes to Recyclone and it's twin, Spare Parts.

The team is currently fundraising in order to cover the costs for WPI and other events. From Pizza Mondays to the upcoming Sub Zero fundraiser, there are many ways that you can get involved! Come and join us tomorrow at either Sub Zero store in Nashua between 12 pm and 6 pm to catch up with friends, and enjoy some ice cream which is made to order. We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 13

This Week in a Paragraph

In the past week, our team has been working on refining current techniques in regards to the robot. The mechanical and wiring subteams have installed and wired the IR sensors. This should enable our team to utilize the complex autonomous mode on a regular basis. The mechanical subteam has also installed small wheels on the back of the robot. The dragger has been removed.

The coding subteam has been working tirelessly in order to ensure that the complex autonomous mode is working properly. They have been meeting several times a week in order to test the code as well as the functionality of the robot.

Thanks to the business subteam, Team Phoenix's fundraising project is well underway. Pizza Mondays at ASD have been extremely successful. Team Phoenix will be holding a fundraiser at Sub Zero on 28 March, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Monday, March 9

Thanks Pizza Hut!

A special thank you to Pizza Hut of Nashua for their generous discount regarding our Pizza Fundraiser.

Saturday, March 7

Refining Designs

The team is currently in the process of refining the design of the robot. The mechanical subteam is making small changes to the robot, such as building a camera mount. The major changes lie in the coding of the robot. The coding subteam is working hard in order to ensure that complex autonomous mode is working properly. The wiring subteam is working on completing the wiring for the IR sensors. With these sensors, the team should be able to use complex autonomous at competitions.

The business subteam is fundraising in order to cover the costs of registration for local and regional events. The team is selling pizza at the Academy for Science and Design on Mondays. In addition, the team will hold a fundraiser at SubZero Ice Cream on 28 March, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Sunday, March 1

The Granite State District Event 2015

On 26 February, Team 2342 brought their robot, Recyclone, to Nashua High School South. The robot was accompanied by the team's tool chest, "Jerry", and a variety of other items for the team's pit. The team members made last minute adjustments to Recyclone, and brought the robot to the practice field in order to test the elevator for the last time before qualification matches began.

Team 2342 performed well in the qualification matches. From the driving expertise of the members of the drive team (Maggie Woolsey, John Williams, Ryan Glossop, and Tim Zumbo) to the coding expertise of the coding subteam, the contributions of the team members resulted in the success of Team Phoenix during the qualification rounds. Connor Tess's noodle throwing prowess helped to push the team over the edge: team Phoenix came in second place during the qualification rounds.

When it came time to select alliance partners, Team Phoenix chose to work with Team 88, TJ^2 and Team 1512, the Metal Vidsters. The alliance performed very well during the quarter-finals. Team Phoenix and TJ^2 had robots which could form stacks of totes very quickly. The Metal Vidsters specialized in picking up round containers: they capped the stacks of totes with round bins in order to earn more points.

During the semi-finals, Team 2342 experienced a malfunction in the drive train. This resulted in the team being eliminated after the semi-finals. However, the alliance performed admirably, even with a broken wheel on Recyclone for one of the matches.

The team performed better than they ever had before in this year's Granite State District Event. They hope to improve upon their code and robot design in order to accomplish even more in the UNH District Event (20 March-22 March).

Team 2342 would like to congratulate Team 1519, Mechanical Mayhem, for their exemplary performance in this year's Granite State District Event!