The 2016-2017 season marks our 4th year involved in
the First Robotics Competition.
In our inaugural year we competed at two FIRST Robotics Competitions. The first
event was at Bryant University in Rhode Island, and the second was in Boston on the campus of Northeastern University.
In our first competition, we had our ups and downs, but overall we performed pretty well for a rookie team and finished Ranked 22nd out of 37 teams with a record of 5-7-0. Upset by our results, Team 5000 returned to the labs the next day. Based on what the team had observed at the Bryant Competition, the team decided to change its intake system with only 5 days until the next competition. Long nights followed, but, eventually a new design was tested and built. Armed with this new system, Team 5000 headed to Northeastern not knowing what to expect. Chosen as the number one seeded alliance by teams 125 The Nutrons, and team 3467 Windham Windup Robotics, Team 5000 knew they had a chance to make a name for themselves.
Cruising through the quarter and semifinals, the rookies found themselves with a chance to win one of those coveted blue banners. In the finals, it was intense, but in the end, despite having no finals experience, team 5000 prevailed with the assistance of alliance mates teams 125 and 3467.
Team 5000 also won the Rookie Inspiration Award during that competition as well. Overall at the Northeastern Competition, Team 5000 Finished Ranked 1 out of 40 teams with a record of 12-6-0.
This team works with the program SolidWorks during the fall preseason and
winter build season. Each year this sub team works with the rest of the team to
create CAD models of the robot that will be built for competition.
This team works uses the program LabView to develop code that the robot will
ultimately use in competition. In collaboration with other teammates, this sub
team will create code that allows the robot to complete several tasks both
autonomously and teleoperated.
Public Relations Team
Marketing – Due to the nature of the competition, we need to market ourselves
within the FIRST community and build our team identity. This team is also
responsible for communicating team activities to our community via HCAM,
news, newspaper articles, and the team website.
Webpage – This group designs and updates our website, a key communications
tool. Check it out: https://hinghamrobotics.weebly.com/
A safety committee exists for the purposes of ensuring our team is working
safely, at the workshop as well as at competitions. This sub team is charged
with performing an annual safety survey and improving/modifying areas of
concern. They also make sure members of the team are working in a safe
manner at all times during the build season, and then help the team follow
FIRST safety standards at competition.
The drive team consists of two robot drivers, a human player, scouts and
coaches. Being a driver is more than just maneuvering the robot well. You need
to be able to communicate with your team members as well as with other
teams; you need to think quickly, know the game rules and be our
ambassador to other teams.
The entire team participates in brainstorming for the robot and may be a part of
sub teams that are responsible for designing, prototyping, modeling, fabricating
parts, assembling, and programming the robot.
Examples of our Robot Sub Teams are:
-Mechanical-such as fabrication
-Electrical- wiring, voltage checks, etc.
-Pneumatics- Air tanks, tubing, solenoids etc.
- Pit Crew - During the competitions, the pit crew will be in charge of maintaining
and fixing the robot between matches. To qualify for pit crew, students must
demonstrate an understanding of the subsystems and how they work,
competency with tools, attention to detail, and working knowledge of the rules.