AERIAL ASSIST is played by two competing Alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two (2)-minute and 30-second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.
Named after the Greek god of lightning, the 2014 robot Zeus is armed with a sturdy low-goal intake. Zeus’ main focus is to assist alliance robots and act as defense on the field.
First Year Reflections
As a rookie team we learned about the multifaceted structure of a robotics team and the all-important task of balancing this structure.
Even though we split the tasks and had different members in charge of building, programming, marketing and fundraising, we soon realized that the different departments are inter-dependent and that they cannot function independently.
This taught us teamwork, organization and scheduling. We also had some oversight in proper documentation process and personnel management. We had many firsts both positive and negative and it was definitely a great learning experience.