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FRC Palmetto Regional 2015 Recap

This post was originally written by Team Leader, Mr. Sullivan and it is posted with permission. 

It was an exciting few days for the KC Robotics Team members and members from the 65 other FIRST Robotics Competition teams that participated in the Palmetto FRC Regional Event Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (February 26th-27th).

We took students from four schools (Camden Middle, Camden High, Camden Military Academy, and Lugoff-Elgin High), several parents of students, and several team mentors. I think we all had a good time at the competition.

Thursday was the day for teams to practice on the playing field with their robot. This was a great day for us as we had the opportunity for our students to drive the robot at least six times. The learning from those drive times really helped prepare them for the competition.

Friday and Saturday morning were the qualification rounds where robots competed, 3 per group, in this year’s game – Recycle Rush. Our robot performed very well except for some computer related challenges. We overcame some of those challenges on Friday and were ranked 7th of 66 teams at the end of the day. On Saturday we had some bad partner robots and some other challenges and we did not score many points. That reduced our rank to 31st at the end of Saturday morning. We did not get selected to compete in the elimination rounds, but we were all happy that our robot worked well. All of us adults were thrilled at how well the students increased their game knowledge, worked with their partner teams to develop game strategies, and interacted with lots of students from other teams.

Our students were well behaved and represented Kershaw County well.

We don’t have funding to attend additional FRC events so this is the only one we are participating in. We will participate in the one day South Carolina FRC event and the one day North Carolina FRC event this Fall.

Thanks for everyone who has provided support for the team.


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An Award Winning Team

Team work, problem solving, using tools… That’s so much fun! But winning is also fun! Did you know that KC Robotics Team is an award winning team? Check out our awards page and see for yourself.

As the competitions approach, we would like to win more awards, on top of enjoying all the fun of robotics competitions. Today, the FTC team was working hard on updating the Team Notebook, practicing driving, and making inventory of parts used in the robot for the Bill of Materials.

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The FRC team had a brainstorming session with Mr. Bull to improve the design of the lifting mechanism.


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Holiday Workday

We took advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday today to have an intensive workday instead of the regular afternoon session after school on Tuesday.

When I walked into the robot room, it was obvious everybody was at work. There were students drilling, sounds of metal clanking, tools everywhere, the deafening sound of the vacuum… There is no reason to waste time! The clock is ticking, and every moment spent working on the robots or straightening up the room out helps in getting ready for both the FTC and FRC competitions. We even had Mrs. Welch running an errand to refuel the mentors with coffee and the students with soft drinks! Thank you!

The FTC team (208) came back from their scrimmage on Saturday with quite the list of upgrades needed to improve our performance in the game: the bucket was too low, the string for the telescopic arm was sticking, the wheels were lagging, and more practice was needed to score points correctly. Needless to say, this scrimmage proved invaluable in getting the team ready for the competition. The middle school students worked hard today to fix these issues.


The FRC team continues to work on the frame and elevator truck for the big robot.


The students also made gear boxes for the wheels and attached a motor to the boxes.


The media team (Mrs. Putnam and I) worked on updating the FTC engineering notebook and of course, this website.


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