The RoboJackets will be returning from the holidays with the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition. This annual event marks the start of the build season for high school students across the world participating in this incredible competition. The RoboJackets are proud to help host this huge event, welcoming over 1,200 rising engineers to the Georgia Tech campus. We hope you will join us January 6th for this exciting start of the 2018 FRC season.
RoboJackets had a blast last weekend (October 13-14) at Sparkfun’s 2017 Autonomous Vehicle Competition. Twelve RoboJackets represented two of our teams and made a very good showing.
RoboRacing team member sizes up a bonus points target in the Autonomous Car Wars race
In the “Autonomous Car Wars” division, in which robots autonomously drive humans around a course (with the rider shooting Nerf darts at targets and balancing a cup of water along the way), RoboRacing swept the competition. Of the eleven entries in this class, our robot Bigoli scored over twice as many points as the nearest competitor. It was a class act, and its look and performance turned quite a few heads.
In the “Speed Demons” division, in which smaller robots autonomously navigate an obstacle course, RoboRacing had less success but still demonstrated noticeable improvement over AVC 2016. Our robot Macaroni scored the median among all teams but last of the three university teams in this division. Now that the effectiveness of our flagship, Bigoli, has been established, we can turn more attention to bringing Macaroni’s perception of its surroundings up to a similar level.
In addition to holding autonomous robot challenges, Sparkfun AVC is also one of the largest combat robot competitions in the country. BattleBots sent two of our best three-pound robots developed last year to join in, sporting improvements such as lightweight 3D-printed armor. Our robots Radiii and Snuttii represented GT and RoboJackets well, with win-loss records of 4-2 and 2-2, respectively. We hope to continue and improve upon this success for next year’s competition.
RoboJackets will be holding two General Interest (GI) meetings that will give you the details of our teams’ activities and how to join. The two meetings cover the same content, and you should only attend one of the two.
The meetings will be held on Wednesday the 6th of September and Thursday the 7th of September. Both meetings are located in the Howey Lecture Hall, L2. There will be free pizza.
Please RSVP with one of the buttons below so we can get an accurate headcount! If you already RSVPed elsewhere, you do not need to do so again.