The Mad Rockers of Team 2973 are a proud representation of the impact of engineering in the Madison City Schools System. Combining the two high schools in the Madison City region (Bob Jones and James Clemens), our team works to implement the critical thinking and engineering skills required to be successful in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. With the help of our generous sponsors, caring mentors, encouraging schools, and eager students, we hope to spread the values of FIRST within our community.
This robot was designed for the FIRST Stronghold® challenge in 2016. On the bottom left, you can see our "boulder grabber". This would grab a dodgeball to feed into the catapult, which would hen shoot it into a tower to weaken the opponents' defenses.
Rocket City Regional
Smoky Mountain Regional
This robot was designed for the FIRST Recycle Rush® challenge in 2015. That year, we had a whole new approach to our software, specifically for our driver station. For several years we had the normal driver station off of our laptop, right next to the driver and operators, but we realized something funny: no one ever looks at the screen! Everyone’s eyes are always locked on the robot, so that year we developed a system to convey information in a simplistic, visible, and communicative way through a system of LEDs and micro processors. Our robot was equipped with two sets of two custom PCBs. One set of PCBs is a circular board that brightly displays data, like how much power is being driven through our motors and its own direction, straight from the PWM circuits. The other set of PCBs, is a straight board with 15 LEDs that displays information such as successful alignments being driven through the vision processing software.
Peach Tree Regional
This robot was designed for the FIRST Aerial Assist® challenge in 2014. That year the team set goals to do three things: drive, throw over the truss, and throw into the goal. Miraculously, we were able to do all three. To drive we used the chassis from the Andy Mark kit of parts. Everything is from the kit other than our new gears so we can drive at a faster gear ratio. To set up for our throws we two cameras running tracking software written in Python, powered by two PCduinos. With our tracking possibilities, we could accurately determine our and other object’s positions, track the goal (and determine if it is hot), the truss, the ball game piece, and other robot’s bumpers. To throw, our robot had two of what we call grabbers and an arm. Once aligned to pick up the game piece, the grabbers surrounded the ball and used pneumatics to enclose the ball. Once it has held, two van door motors lifted the ball overhead into the arm and cocked the the self-contained springs. Along with the self-contained springs we used latex bands to easily adjust the throwing force. When fully cocked, a limit switch was activated, stopping the motors from continuing. In the cocked position we could drive and adjust our shot. The grabbers were driven forward and out of the way which then triggered the arm, catapulting it forward.
Peach Tree Regional
The FIRST Robotics program has been around for 23 years, providing students with a means of using their knowledge and strategic skills. It is a competition to build each student in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. It is a group of kids working towards one goal, but that goal obtains a myriad of results. The mission of FIRST stretches past just building a robot for matches. It is about a culture that science and technology can inspire. Engineering, mathematics, all the academics behind the game: it's creating a culture of young individuals who recognize the joy of innovation and creation. As a team of the FRC, the Mad Rockers strive to spread this culture and enthusiasm to their community and more importantly the future leaders.
Thanks to our sponsors, students can pursue interests and jobs in careers of engineering. Sponsors support the team with mechanical parts, software, computers, tools, services, knowledge and allow us to compete. If you or your company wish to sponsor the team, 2973 The MadRockers, email Gary Dillard at email@example.com
Gary Dillard, Team Mentor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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