Over the weekend, the Burlingame Iron Panthers attended the Chezy Champs in San Jose, California. The competition, hosted by team 254, was an off-season FIRST Robotics event. The Iron Panthers placed 20th overall, out of 32 teams. One main problem was the robot’s autonomous program. Programming lead Peter Skidmore comments that the malfunctioning was quite odd, since it worked the day before the games. Austin Soohoo explained that the robot drove 86 feet backwards at 25 mph into the opposing team’s barricade. “It was actually a programming issue” Isabel Dominik admits. “We thought that the move function was in inches, not feet. We ended up smashing into the driver station.. and i think we really scared the other team”.
Another problem that came into play was the new tote grabber. Engineering lead Cuyler Crandall states that the “new tote grabber wasn’t the best and didn’t have much opportunity to be tested”. Despite these setbacks, the Iron Panthers remain optimistic. Competing and being able to talk to the best teams from around the world was a huge positive for the team. Being able to talk about coding and wiring strategies was a huge plus for the team. “The competition was incredible overall” Cuyler states. “It wasn’t what we’d hoped for, but being able to even show up at such an event is amazing.”