FIRST Robotics Challenge: Six Weeks from Spec to Test

Imagine you get the specifications for a brand new product, and you have to deliver it six weeks later – tough right? Now imagine you’re a student whose day is filled with classes.

That’s the challenge the team from Metamora Township High School in Illinois faced when they signed on to the FIRST Robotics Competition.

In about half a semester, team MARS/WARS had to design, fabricate, and program a new robot that would then take part in the ULTIMATE ASCENT game. It works like this: two competing groups of three teams each place their robots on a flat, 27 x 54-foot field. Each “Alliance” competes to place as many discs into goals as they can during a two minute and fifteen second match.

The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives.

The match ends with robots attempting to climb pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs.

It’s an endeavor and timeline that would keep even the most seasoned product developers up late. But we’re happy to report that PTC Creo and PTC Mathcad helped make it possible. Our software was there for all stages of the design process and for both mechanical and electrical systems design.

MARS/WARS competed at the Wisconsin Regional in Milwaukee on March 21st – March 23rd.  The team finished in 5th place with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses in the qualification matches. In this video, you can see them at work and hear more about what they liked about working with PTC.

(Psst. Go over and give them a thumbs up on their YouTube page if you like the video and the whole idea of a new generation getting excited about design and engineering. Go MARS/WARS!)


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One Comment

  1. skottmorris
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Would have loved to see this team at World Championships this year.

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