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.

Pittsburgh Webcast and Results


Webcast:

The webcast for the Greater Pittsburgh regional will be available on the blue alliance, along with many other websites (a list that seems on growing larger and larger each year). Thebluealliance.com is probably the most reliable source, and the direct link is listed 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. FIRST has overhauled there event pages dramatically this year, and they can be accessed at the links below. Like anything new, FIRST experienced some technical difficulties with populating these brand new pages with match data this past weekend. Those issues should be fixed, but it is possible that these pages won’t be working as expected this coming weekend. If that happens, make sure to check our website for updates on our progress throughout the day.

Practice Match Schedule
Qualification Schedule (and results)
Rankings
Playoff Alliances, Schedule, and Results
Awards

Warlocks Attending The Pittsburgh Regional


pittsburgh_2013The Warlocks will be competing in the Greater Pittsburgh regional from March 5th-7th. This is the first of two regional events that the team will be competing for a spot at the World Championship in St. Louis.

The event is located here:
Convocation Center
California University of Pennsylvania
California, PA 15419
March 4-7, 2015

Travel Itinerary
Our Itinerary for the trip and any other important info can be found here.

Match Schedule and Results
Match Schedule
Match Results
Standings
Awards
*Note* Links may not be active before the event starts

Warlocks 2015 Robot Reveal


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2015 Robot BNOn February 16, 2015, The Warlocks held a press conference and Robot Revealing at our school, Lockport High School. Channel 2 News and The Buffalo News were invited to document our reveal. Reporters were taken by surprise that high school students were capable of making such a complex robot in a limited time. Channel 2 News interviewed Warlocks President James Rogowski and took incredible footage of the robot constructing stacks of totes.

While The Buffalo News was here, we took a group photo and spread the word of FIRST. The reporter was very interested in what we have done, after our robot successfully made a little more than a dozen stacks of 6 totes. A few of our stacks were topped off with a container and a few with a container and a noodle! We were very pleased with the minimal amount of errors with our robot and are looking forward to our first competition.

New Website Launched


Welcome to the new website of the Warlocks, Team 1507. This new website, although it looks the same, is actually radically different under the hood. The warlocks web team has implemented what is called a content management system, which is a software package that manages the content on our site. Once we finish updating and adding pages to our new CMS, this site will be given a new design.

wordpress-historyThis new website is utilizing the open source project called WordPress as its content management system. WordPress is a powerful blogging and content management system software that is becoming increasingly popular within the web development community. It allows website editors, administrators, and contributors to create and edit blog posts and web pages without any knowledge of HTML or any other programming languages. To learn more, please visit wordpress.org

The web team is excited for this new chapter in our websites history. We hope that this site will grow and evolve, rather than being scrapped at the end of each year. The web team is currently seeking help from the members of the Warlocks to help improve this site.

Bubblefest


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Members of the Warlocks control a bubble-blowing robot

The Warlocks are wowing crowds of robotics fans with our bubble-blowing robot. Part of the Buffalo Museum of Sciences ‘Bubblefest,’ we were invited to participate by building and demonstrating a robot that blows soap bubbles. We answered the challenge.

Update: After a full day with a steady stream of very interested observers,, young and old alike, Bubblefest has ended for the Warlocks. We had a great time and with all those soap bubbles, now have the cleanest robot we have ever had!

Thanks to the museum for inviting us and we are glad to be part of your festival.


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