Today was our first day at CalGames! We started off the day meeting at Casti at 9:00 and we finished working on the robot, and practiced driving for the competition. We changed the autonomous code so that we were able to consistently score 2 goals during autonomous (we probably could have scored 3 but we only had 2 balls).
One of the highlights of the day was when we ordered the pizzas from Domino's . They have this special feature that allows you to tract the progress of your order online, and tells you the name of the delivery person. We made a big thank you note for Leonardo, the delivery guy, and waited for him outside of the school. He was extremely happy when he recieved the card and we think that this gave good karma for the competition.
When we got to the actual competition everything went very smoothly. We quickly had everything unpacked and passed inspection quickly. I'd like to give a shout-out to Inspector Martin, I can honestly say that he is probably our favorite inspector. We found out that our robot only weighs 83 lbs (even with the 12.5lb weight on it), but so far the weight doesn't seem to be an issue.
During our first match we were with 668 and 114 in the blue alliance, and we competed against 1351, 675 and 3045. Unfortunately we found a leak in our pneumatics set up (this is now fixed), so we were unable to kick during the amazing autonomous that our programmers have worked on. In the end the score was 3-5, which we were originally surprised by, but when we remembered that points scored during autonomous were now worth 2 points it made sense.
When we left today everything was working and we are all excited for day two of the competition. If you want to see what's going on, but can't make it to Lynbrook High School, check out the webcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/calgames-2010 .
Photos and videos will be uploaded as soon as possible!