Team 619 is a high school robotics team from Central Virginia.


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Using cameras with our Robots

December 5th, 2015

For the past few years of the FIRST Robotics Competition, vision code has played a critical role in allowing teams to have full control of their robots during the autonomous period. From detecting distance to the goals in 2013, to sensing the hot goal in 2014, to zeroing in on the totes and recycling cans in 2015, vision code has been able to set the teams with the strongest programming abilities apart from each other.

Team 619 will be using a new network camera this year. We plan to use this network based camera to better explore the world of vision code and create more robust autonomous sequences and teleoperated-mode game piece and field element detection systems.

Additionally, this camera will help us document our journey through the upcoming build and competition seasons and share our experiences.

If you’re new to robotics and are looking for a place to start, here is a good list of robotics resources to start from.

Mock Kickoff

November 22nd, 2015

Today, we met at the lab and help a mock kickoff challenge! We focused heavily on strategy and design and helped test out new methods of exploring the early stages of the FRC season, all in six hours!

Here is the link the game animation. The only changes we made to the game were that seeding in qualifications was changed to a W-L-T system like we saw in 2014, and the starting position of balls during autonomous were less strict.

During our scoring analysis, we talked about the three ways to score points:

  1. Scoring a ball = 1 point
  2. Suspending your robot = 2 points
  3. Suspending a robot from another robot = 3 points

We also talked about way to play defense, such as blocking opponent’s shots or attempting to horde game pieces.

We discussed what mechanisms could be useful in this game, and then designed three robots: a defensive robot, an offensive ball scoring robot, and a robot that focused on elevating itself and its alliance partners.

After this initial design phase, we came to a preliminary strategy consensus: We wanted a robot that could play defense in the opponents’ zone, punting balls into our own zone, before suspending itself from our alliance’s tower.

After creating and sharing even more designs, we decided to call it a day and take a look at what other FRC teams ended up making in 2010.

Here are some of the videos we watched:




June 19th, 2015

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