Warlocks are going to Cleveland!


The Warlocks will be competing at the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, Ohio from March 28 – 30, 2019. 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 Detroit. Below you can find everything you need to follow The Warlocks as we compete for a spot at the World Championships in 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 at the Finger Lakes Regional!


From March 14th-16th, the Warlocks competed in the Finger Lakes Regional at the Rochester Institute of Technology. At the Finger Lakes Regional, the Warlocks had some tough matches but ended up being 12th out of 48 teams. We then were selected by 3157 (Alliance Captain of the #4 Alliance) and we graciously accepted. After going to a tiebreaker in the quarterfinal matches, we moved on to the semifinals against the #1 ranked alliance. After 2 hard matches, our alliance was sadly defeated. 

We are looking forward to the competition in Cleveland next weekend and we will hopefully be securing our spot to the World Championship in Detroit, Michigan. 

Warlocks kick off the 2019 season!


Image result for destination deep space logoThe FIRST Robotics Competition begins for the 2019 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 2019 strategy. The school will be open at 9:00 am. Attendance is mandatory for all student team members. 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 (January 6,2019) at MAHLE from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Watch the live stream of this year’s game video, beginning at 10 am!

 

Warlocks are off to Detroit!


The Warlocks, Team 1507, are planning to attend the Northern Championships of FIRST Robotics Competition. The event is happening in Detroit MI on April 25-28.

The six competition divisions, each the size of a regional event with 68 teams, will be at the Cobo Hall. The winners of these divisions will eventually be narrowed down and a final event will take place Saturday afternoon at Ford Field. Over 400 teams will be participating, as well as FIRST Tech Challenge teams.

The Warlocks will be leaving the school by bus around noon on Wednesday and return Sunday early morning.

We will be competing in the Carson Division. Those who want to watch online can do so at The Blue Alliance Gameday Matches will take place all day Thursday and Friday with Division finals on Saturday morning.

Students were given a packet with details to bring home for parents information.

FIRST loses one of its biggest supporters


Mark Leon RIP

Received the sad news today that Mark Leon, “NASA Mark” has passed away.

Many of us who have been in FIRST some time will remember him as a game Emcee at Championships and many Regionals. He hosted both Fingerlakes and Buckeye multiple times as well as IRI and many regional competitions in his home area. He was one of the go-to Emcees that FIRST could always call on to fill in anywhere.

He was known for his many anecdotes from his travels around the world and his acrobatics on the field.

He was accomplished in both Judo and Tae-kwon-do. He volunteered as an self-defense instructor with high school students.

In the 1980s Mark Leon was instrumental in establishing trans-Atlantic communication between American, French and English space agencies. In the 1990s he completed the first audio/video link to Antarctica.

He was Program Manager for the NASA Lunar Micro-Rover Program, a smaller rover similar to the Mars Rover.

In recent years, he was in charge of NASA’s Robotics Alliance Project, which kept him working closely with FIRST. He was a mentor to many robotics teams in many programs over the years.

Mark Leon quotes:

  • It’s all about the math.
  • We must put more into the bowl of life than we take.
  • Life isn’t fair, so don’t let it stop you.
  • Standing in the future allows for clairvoyance.
  • A true friend wants for you not from you.
  • Believing that something is impossible doesn’t make it true.

We will miss hearing his catchphrase “Do the math. Save the World.”

Mark Leon: Helping Kids Build a Better Robot

Mark Leon on Wikipedia

Chief Delphi discussion

Do the math, save the world

2018 Championship Mark Leon Memorial Robot Sticker

Warlocks compete at Buckeye – WGRZ tells our story


Warlocks robot Otis places a power cube on the scale at ClevelandThe Warlocks attended the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland OH on March 27-30. While we didn’t bring home the big trophy, we did very well with a 7-5 record in the matches, leaving us ranked 8th among the 55 teams. That was high enough to become an alliance captain, and we chose teams 4020 Cyber Tribe from Kingsport TN, and 3266, Robots-R-Us from Eaton OH. to complete our alliance team for the finals.

But despite a promising alliance, we were met with a stronger team and were eliminated in the quarter-finals. The alliance included old friends team 291, CIA from Erie PA and team 379 the Robo-Cats from Girard OH, both teams that we have partnered with in past years and are strong competitive teams. Their third member was also a familiar upcoming powerhouse, team 6490, Panther Robotics from Geneva NY fresh from the Fingerlakes Regional, as we were.

We were sent off to Cleveland with a feature story from WGRZ TV, Channel 2 in Buffalo who told the team’s story and encouraged their viewers to watch our matches and cheer us on. You can see their report here.

Next stop for the Warlocks will be Detroit for the Championships on April 25-28, 2018.

Warlocks bring home the gold at RIT


Warlocks team members holding banner
Team 1507 went all the way to the top and faced the boss at the Fingerlakes Regional at Rochester Institute of Technology this past weekend. (March 16-17, 2018)

We Powered Up our way through the elimination matches coming in ranked at 5th. We won 7 and lost 3 matches, but accumulated enough ranking points to become an alliance captain.

But the number 1 alliance had other plans. Team 340, Greater Rochester Robotics, already an regional winner at the new Central New York Regional in Utica, chose us to work with them on their alliance. You can’t say no to a chance to team up with a GRReat team like that.

They chose team 3550, Robotronix from LaSalle Quebec to round out the alliance.

This was not the first time that 340 and 1507 have paired up. We  won the Buckeye regional together in 2012. We were finalists together as recently as 2017 in Cleveland.

Although we did not win every match, we did nearly always come away with at least one ranking point every match. This placed us near the top of the team rankings consistently.

Robot rising up - Otis

Otis

Our robot’s ability to quickly and nimbly handle the cubes as well as our nearly foolproof ability to hang from the scale at the end game, earned us attention from the other teams hoping for a strong alliance partner.

The Warlocks were also honored with the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox.

As a regional winner, we receive an invitation to the championship competition in Detroit, April 25-28. We are planning to attend that, but first we will be attending our second regional event at the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland OH on March 29-31.

We are looking forward to competing and excelling at these two upcoming events. The Warlocks have not attended a championship since 2014 when we won at Fingerlakes and also attended Buckeye.

Team photo at Fingerlakes RIT

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.

 

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