Warlocks Competing at The Buckeye Regional


The Warlocks will be competing at the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, Ohio from March 30 – April 1, 2017. This is the second regional of our two regionals that we will be attending this year, where we will be competing for a place at the World Championships in St. Louis. Below you can find everything you need to follow The Warlocks as we compete for a spot at the World Championships at The Buckeye Regional.

Location and Itinerary:

The Buckeye regional competition is located in Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. The address of the venue is listed below. Our Itinerary for the trip and any other important info will be posted soon.

CSU Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
March 30 – April 1, 2017

Webcast: 

The webcast for the Buckeye Regional will be available on the Blue Alliance, along with several other community run sites for aggregating webcasts for all official FRC Events. We recommend using the blue alliance, as they are typically the most reliable.

Unfortunately, FIRST doesn’t have a standardized method of webcasting their events, which leaves each individual event responsible for running and maintaining their own webcast. It is possible that the community run webcast could experience lag and/or technical difficulties throughout the competition weekend.

Below is a direct link to GameDay, which is the name of The Blue Alliance’s webcast portal. To watch the Buckeye Regional, hover over the webcasts link in the top left and drag “” into one of the viewing panes below.

thebluealliance.com/gameday

Match Schedule and Results:

There are many different sources for match schedules and results, but the only official source is from FIRST themselves. Below are links to the official FIRST event result pages for the Buckeye Regional. In addition to the official event pages below, you can also find match schedules, rankings, and scores at thebluealliance.com

Qualification Match Schedule/Results
Playoff Match Schedule/Results
Rankings
Awards

 

Warlocks Competing at the Finger Lakes Regional


FIRST Steamworks logoThe Warlocks will be competing at the Finger Lakes Regional from March 15th-18th. This is the first of our two regional competitions this season, where we will be competing for a spot at the World Championship in St. Louis. Below you can find everything you need to follow The Warlocks as we compete for a spot at the World Championships at the Finger Lakes Regional.

Location and Itinerary:

The Finger Lakes Regional competition is located in RIT’s Field House and Activities Center. The address of the venue is listed below. Our Itinerary for the trip and any other important info will be posted soon.

Gordon Field House and Activities Center
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
March 15-18, 2017

FIRST Fingerlakes Regional website

Webcast:

The webcast for the Finger Lakes Regional will be available on the blue alliance, along with several other community run sites for aggregating webcasts for all official FRC Events. We recommend using the blue alliance, as they are typically the most reliable.

Unfortunately, FIRST doesn’t have a standardized method of webcasting their events, which leaves each individual event responsible for running and maintaining their own webcast. It is possible that the community run webcast could experience lag and/or technical difficulties throughout the competition weekend.

Below is a direct link to GameDay, which is the name of The Blue Alliance’s webcast portal. To watch the Finger Lakes Regional, hover over the webcasts link in the top left and drag “Finger Lakes” into one of the viewing panes below.

thebluealliance.com/gameday

Match Schedule and Results:

There are many different sources for match schedules and results, but the only official source is from FIRST themselves. Below are links to the official FIRST event result pages for the Finger Lakes Regional. In addition to the official event pages below, you can also find match schedules, rankings, and scores at thebluealliance.com

Qualification Match Schedule/Results
Playoff Match Schedule/Results
Rankings
Awards

Warlocks 2017 Robot Reveal


On February 20, 2017, the Warlocks held a press conference and Robot Revealing at our school, Lockport High School. The Lockport Union Sun and Journal was invited to join us to document the reveal of our robot. Reporters watched our robot hang gears, shoot fuel, and climb the rope. A few of the students were interviewed by the reporters and they explained the game and what our robot did during the game. President James Rogowski also gave a speech before the robot demonstration and revealed our Woody Flowers nominee, Steve Barnes. 

While reporters were here, the Warlocks demonstrated the abilities of our robot; including collecting and hanging gears, shooting fuel in autonomous, and climbing the rope. Reporters and visitors alike were amazed at our gear hanging abilities and our rope climbing skills. We were able to shoot fuel in autonomous and get most of them into the high goal! The Warlocks were very pleased with the results of how the robot performed. 

 

Warlocks Attending Penfield Rally


The Warlocks will be attending the Penfield Rally on February 19, 2017. This is a rally that gives teams a chance to practice with other teams and robots  on a full field before attending the regionals they attend.  This is hosted by Team 1511 – Harris & Penfield High School

Location and Itinerary

 25 High School Drive
Penfield, NY
February 19, 2017 

Here is the agenda for the event.
10AM to 12PM: Practice and field testing
12PM to 12:30PM: Opening Ceremonies
12:30PM to 5PM: Scrimmage matches and robot testing

*Robot loading will take place in the back of the school at the loading dock. 

 

Reminder!

All team members attending need to have safety glasses, wear blue team shirts, lunch money, and a water bottle. Glasses are required while on the field and in the pits and there are not enough pairs to be provided for the public and all teams. 

Please see the map link below for information on where to unload and for event parking.  All unloading will occur at the school loading dock.
http://goo.gl/maps/KeXEt

*Turn left onto Five Mile Line Road to reach High School Drive*

 

 

Kickoff This Saturday, January 7th, 2017


The FIRST Robotics Competition begins for the 2017 season this Saturday with Kickoff, the game reveal that sets the stage for the world-wide competition.

The Warlocks will be meeting at the school to view the game reveal video and immediately begin planning the 2017 strategy. The school will be open at 9:00 am. Attendance is mandatory for all student team members, and parents, sponsors, former team members, and the general public are welcome to attend.

When the kickoff video is over, the team will immediately begin studying the rules and developing a game strategy for the season. The team has been preparing by studying the basics of robot construction and recently completed sessions on brainstorming techniques. The hope is to have a strategy and design direction developed after three days. There will also be an optional day on Sunday afternoon at the Lockport YMCA.

 

Announcing FIRST Festival of Champions


FIRST Steamworks 2017 Game preview


FIRST Steamworks

Warlocks left not-quite empty-handed at FLR


It was a long day at the Fingerlakes Regional at RIT for the Warlocks. In a semi-final series that the alliance of 1126, 1507 and 3838 put up the high score of the finals round at 196 points, it still wasn’t enough to bring up our average after a disappointing 94 point first match. Our semi-final average of 147.33 only put us in third place, just shy of the final round.

The three match semi-final series sends the alliance with the highest average score on to the final round. Our valiant effort to bring up the scores in the last two matches wasn’t enough to overcome the match where 1126 broke and dropped a potentially winning stack of totes.

We were chosen to the #2 alliance by Rochester’s Sparx, Team 1126 and joined by third team 3838, Roc City Robotics, also from Rochester. It looked like a strong team and we all were very happy. Only bad luck stopped us.

But we didn’t go home empty-handed. The Warlocks, Team 1507, were awarded the Innovation in Control Award, sponsored by Rockwell Automation by the judges. The award recognized our point-scoring autonomous routine that picked up a bin and three yellow totes and took them into the autonomous zone, all in the first 15 seconds without the drivers intervention. The judges were so impressed, that the award was presented in the form of an “interpretive dance” where MC Angry Eric played the robot, knocking over the extra bins. It was a highlight of the awards ceremony.

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Fingerlakes Regional this weekend


Fingerlakes Regional Field

The field is being set up for the 2015 Fingerlakes Regional at RIT March 26-28 (Photo courtesy FIRST Rochester)

The field is set and teams are loading in for this weekend’s FIRST Robotics Competition at RIT in Rochester. This is the closest competition for Buffalo area teams. The competition features teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which is the highest level of competition offered by FIRST with High School aged students and their 120 lb. robots. Besides seeing which robots designs excel at the game, which is different each year, the students are recognized with awards for many areas, such as engineering, safety, team spirit, and overall team quality including their business plan and community service. They also have an opportunity to meet college recruiters and receive scholarship information. This is the 11th annual Fingerlakes event and 45 teams from Ontario, Maryland, and all parts of New York, will compete for the honors and an opportunity to go to the Championship event in St. Louis in April. The exciting competition is open to the public and free. You can watch the matches and tour the pits and see teams working on keeping their robots running. The event is held at the Gordon Field House on the RIT campus. The event’s web site has full details. It’s worth the drive to see, but if you can’t make it, it is being telecast on the internet. The direct link to the video is http://www.wasapi.com/event.php?id=16 or can be found at the hub for all FRC videos: The Blue Alliance.

Warlocks Place 3rd at the Pittsburgh Regional


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The Lockport High School robotics team #1507, the Warlocks, placed 3rd overall at the Pittsburgh regional this past weekend. The Warlocks competed against 54 other high school teams from across the region over the course of three days.

During the qualifying rounds, each team played a total of 9 matches, and were paired with random alliance partners and opponents. Team 1507 performed well, achieving a qualification match high score of 155 points. At the conclusion of the qualification matches, the Warlocks earned a qualification average of 61 points and seeded in the 8th position.

During alliance selection, Team 1507 was drafted by the number 3 seed, Team 3015 from Spencerport, NY. Team 3260 was also drafted, in order to form the 3 team alliance that will continue to compete in the elimination rounds.

The Warlocks achieved an average alliance score of 109 points in the quarter finals, which advanced the alliance to the semi finals. After suffering a breakdown in the first semi final match, Team 1507, 3015, and 3260 were still able to earn an average score of 91 points. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to advance to the finals, where 1629, 144, and 337 eventually won the event.

The Warlocks are currently making improvements to their robot for their next competition, which takes at the Rochester Institute of Technology from March 26th through the 28th.


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