Tempest was built for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST Steamworks. Click on the logo to see the game animation.
FIM District Southfield Event: We were not adequately prepared for this event, mainly because of the lack of driver practice. We were the #5 seed but lost to the #4 seeded alliance in the quarterfinals. We also won the Quality Award.
FIM District Gaylord Event: Our best event of the year was the Gaylord event. We went 11-1 in qualifying and earned the #1 seed. We then proceeded to pick Team 1025 (IMPI Robotics) and Team 5505 (V2 Robotics) as our alliance partners. We went 6-1 in the playoffs and won the event. We also received the Excellence in Engineering award.
Michigan State Championship: We were a part of the DTE Energy Foundation Division of the State Championship. We went 7-5 in the qualifying matches, and earned the #6 seed. After a rare tie in the first quarterfinal match, we lost 2 out of our last 3 quarterfinal matches to the #3 seeded alliance, which resulted in us being eliminated. One of our team members, Richard Zhovner, was a finalist for the FIRST Dean’s list award.
FIRST Championship – St. Louis: We were a part of the Carson Division at the FIRST Championship. Our record in the qualifying matches was 4-6, which was only enough to make us the 3rd pick on the #6 seeded alliance. We lost in the quarterfinals to the #3 seeded alliance.
- 10 4″ Colson Wheels powered by two 3 CIM two stage ball shifting gearboxes.
- Compression Flywheel – Powered by two 775pro motors.
- Active “Gear” Eject – Powered by two pistons with a custom water jet plate.
- “Agitator Plates” – Two poly-carbonate plates with a traction material used to push balls into the shooter from the tank.
- Floor Intake – Plates with rollers used to intake balls into the tank and to score gears.
We were faced with many difficulties this season, but we were able to win the Gaylord event and qualify for the FIRST Championship.