On January 20th, The Fraser Academy Robotics Team competed at Heritage Woods Secondary in Port Moody. The field included 53 teams from schools throughout the province.
After the December tournament, the team knew they had some significant changes to make to their robot: it was too wide, the robot didn’t hold enough cubes, and they had some gearing problems that were resulting in slow performance. Their remedy was spending 40+ hours of their winter break at school working on improving its design. At the end of the week, they had a robot that performed better under driver control; however, the autonomous control had taken a step backwards.
At the January 20th competition, the team was faced with stiff competition throughout the day. They managed to squeak out 2 wins in their first 3 matches despite struggling to stack cubes in their field goals (stacking cubes earns points) and challenges with their autonomous control. At the mid-point of the day, they made an adjustment to their conveyor belts to reduce friction (which resulted in an improved ability to stack cubes) and wrote a more simple program for their autonomous control. The result was convincingly winning 2 of their final 3 matches, the boys finished with 4 wins 2 losses and 27 of 36 autonomous points placing them 11th. This was their best finish to date and a huge accomplishment.
Moving into the elimination round robin they forged an alliance with a team from Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver. In the round of 16, they were up against an alliance from Saint George’s School, which turned out to be a very defensive match with the boys winning 11-3. In the Quarter Finals, the boys were matched against West Van Secondary and Enver Creek Secondary where they managed another convincing win, 24-12. For the first time they were moving onto the Semi-Finals. They put in a strong effort this match against 2 excellent teams from West Van Secondary and Seaquam Secondary. Unfortunately, this was the end of the tournament for them, but not all was lost, as they could remember they qualified in 11th and finished among the top 8.
The team will be competing against 100 other teams at their final event of the year on February 22nd at BCIT.
Basketball is coming to a close and all our teams showed incredible improvement and resilience throughout the season.
Odyssey 2020 started off the semester with lots of adventures. They spent time in Pacific Spirit Park observing and identifying our native tree species, followed by a Wilderness First Aid course. At Callaghan, they spent a day cross-country skiing and biathlon followed by avalanche skills training and an overnight camp in the snow.