Team Phoenix Robotics OKC

Heartland BEST 2011 Results

October 30, 2011
Just returned from the 2011 Heartland BEST competition in Alva, OK.  Team Phoenix made it into the semi-finals, into the Elite Eight, and ended up placing 6th overall.  Things have been absolutely insane over the past week, far too much to cover at this time, having had just about 3 hours sleep in the last two days, so full details will have to wait until later.  Suffice it to say that Team Phoenix has pulled off yet another amazing example of drive and determination, and did fantastically well for such a small group with such limited resources.  Better yet, the Heartland BEST group has allowed us to keep our kit through the end of March 2012, which will enable us to continue to expand our skills and abilities in the coming months.
 

Quick Update Oct. 4, 2011

October 4, 2011
We managed to get the drive base from last year's BEST robot operational, and are able to use it to practice driving.  The ability to accurately and quickly get the robot to where it needs to be to accomplish what needs to be done, is critical to success in any competition.

Here's a couple of links to YouTube videos of our member practicing driving:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQWnUGVZYOs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtvDMrt18gA
    
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Status Update, Sept. 25, 2011

September 25, 2011
Team Phoenix returned from the 2011 BEST Robotics kickoff at the Heartland BEST hub on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University on September 17th.  Never having been to Alva, OK, despite being a life-long resident of the Great State of Oklahoma, I was very impressed with the town of Alva and NWOSU in particular.  Having switched from the OKBEST hub at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond to Heartland BEST, it was interesting to note the differences.  I certainly don't mean to s...
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Team Phoenix Registered for Heartland BEST

September 17, 2011
(LIVE from the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in Alva, OK!)

Team Phoenix is now officially registered for the 2011 Heartland BEST competition.  Our 'official' team number is B5938, and we've got the kit and are ready to go!  We will be holding a meeting/briefing for all members (and anyone else that's interested) on Sunday, Sept. 18th, from 5 to 8 pm, at our regular meeting place, New Hope Christian Church, 12323 S. Pennsylvania.

This year's competition is going to be a littl...
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Team Phoenix Will Compete at Heartland BEST

August 27, 2011
Team Phoenix will be competing in this year's BEST Robotics Competition, starting at the Heartland BEST hub at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in Alva, Oklahoma.

Team Phoenix is proud to have been accepted by the folks at Heartland BEST.  The BEST competition is unique amongst all the various organizations that hold competitions for middle and high school students, in that the BEST hubs provide all the materials needed for teams to build a robot for the competition.  With only a very f...
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Yuri's Night -- April 12, 2011

April 11, 2011
Team Phoenix will be observing Yuri's Night, an international celebration of space exploration, time to coincide with the anniversary of the first manned space flight, by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.  This year is the 50th anniversary of that first flight, and coincidentally it's also the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle flight.

Given the prominent role that robotics has played in space exploration, from the earliest Soviet efforts to explore the moon, through our own Ranger, Surv...
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FIRST Robotics Challenge--Oklahoma City Regional

March 27, 2011
Members of Team Phoenix attended the Oklahoma City Regional of the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) on March 17th & 18th.  We were there only as observers--the cost of fielding an FRC team starts at about $8k-$10k--but it was still a good thing to go see.

One recurring theme that does not seem, to me at least, to be such a good idea is to have only 6 weeks or so to design, build, test, and compete with a robot.  FRC does this, BEST does this, and several others do as well.  The idea is to simula...
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A More In-Depth Update

March 27, 2011
As was mentioned earlier, we participated in the 2011 APEC MicroMouse competition, held at the Ft. Worth Convention Center. 

First off, the convention center there is HUGE!  It could probably host the Democratic or Republican National Conventions in a presidential election year--it's that big.  We finally found where we needed to be, about an hour early, just as the APEC folks were about to start setting up the competition field.

In the earlier post, I compared our robot to the others competin...
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Quick Update

March 16, 2011
OK, just a quick update . . . I'll have to post a more in-depth update later.

First off, the APEC MicroMouse contest went great! We didn't win, though; our entry was sort of like a '62 Chevy pickup entered in the Monaco Grand Prix.  Still, it was a lot of fun, and we managed to impress the world-class competition with our robot and our extremely limited programming experience.

We're also getting ready to attend (but not compete, not this year, anyway) in the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) compe...
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We Have A Sponsor!

February 20, 2011
Team Phoenix now has it's first sponsor!  Mickey Hampton, of Mickey Hampton Motors, has agreed to sponsor our team! 

I'm sure I speak for all of our members when I say that we greatly appreciate his contribution, and will greatly aid us in our future successes.
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