GravitechX has participated in the First Robotics Competition (FRC), as a First Year Rookie Team. FRC is a rigorous competition in which students have six weeks to design, build, and test a robot, given a theme and a set of challenges.
In response, our team designed and fabricated the Mach 1, a lightweight and fast robot optimized to score points via the delivery of gears. We successfully won the Rookie Inspiration Award.
To compete, our team designed, developed, and maintained Atlas-9, our robot that we brought to the 2018 competitions. Atlas-9 used a 3 tier cascade lift to elevate power cubes. Attached to the lift was a mechanism for grabbing and releasing the cubes. This allowed us to move power cubes appropriately for all challenges mentioned in the above video. We earned the Excellence in Engineering Award for a constant force spring that was attached to the lift to help combat the force of gravity.
In this upcoming year, we will be participating in the 2019 FRC competition. We are working year-round to train our team and prepare ourselves to place even higher next year. In order to compete in the competition next year, we need donations to help us out. Please check out our donations page for more information.