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2014 History – Aerial Assist

As MARS/WARS has evolved, better organization of the team and the way it is run has developed. The team feels that it is best to execute the team as a business because participation in FIRST prepares students for their professional careers. 2014 was an important year for Team 4143 because the team implemented project management software through which the team could electronically assign tasks and determine progress. This advancement aided the team in the production of a robot for the 2014 game, Aerial Assist, in which robots were expected to shoot exercise balls into goals. The experience MARS/WARS acquired in its previous seasons enabled the team to fabricate an intricate robot with more advanced capabilities. The resulting robot, “The Phoenix,” was equipped with a swerve drive chassis which allowed the robot to drive in any direction. Other features of the robot included the ability for the robot to be loaded from two sides and fine control of the caliber of shots taken by the robot. The Phoenix competed in the Central Illinois Regional (CIR), a week 1 regional, where it finished as a finalist and MARS/WARS won the Judges Award. The team then traveled to Milwaukee where it participated in the Wisconsin Regional for the third consecutive year and was also awarded the Judges Award. 2014 was a year of significant progress for MARS/WARS and the team will apply the vast knowledge it acquired to future endeavors.

2013 History – Ultimate Ascent

After a successful rookie season, MARS/WARS headed into it’s second year strong, ready to tackle the next challenge thrown at it. Having completed the construction of a robot in the previous season, team members had a better understanding of the design process. This understanding helped the team to be more organized and set goals to keep the robot fabrication on schedule. The game for the 2013 season, Ultimate Ascent, called for a robot that could shoot frisbees as well as climb a pyramid. MARS/WARS encountered difficulty with the implication of both a frisbee shooter and climbing mechanism into its robot. In the end the team chose not to incorporate a frisbee shooter and to instead optimize the robot for climbing, the area the robot had the strongest performance. This decision turned out to be successful as the team created a robot capable of climbing to the highest tier of the pyramid and scoring by dumping frisbees in the top of the structure for a total of fifty points. The exclusively climbing robot earned the name “Mantis” for its ability to swiftly climb and score, which became familiar with the guests of the venues MARS/WARS competed at; the team participated in two regionals in 2013 – The Wisconsin Regional in Milwaukee and the Crossroads Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana. At the Crossroads regional, MARS/WARS earned the Judges award for its clever personification of the Mantis robot. The 2013 season was of great consequence for MARS/WARS as the team implemented the knowledge it learned in its rookie season regarding the successful execution of a FIRST Robotics team.

 

2012 History – Rebound Rumble

2012 was the charter season for MARS/WARS Team 4143 and students  faced unfamiliar challenges and were confronted to find solutions to conundrums that were foreign to them. The team was determined not to let inexperience inhibit their success and overcame obstacles with motivation to finish the season triumphantly. After countless hours of work by dedicated students and insightful mentors, MARS/WARS had created its first robot, a basketball shooter, which would participate in the 2012 game, Rebound Rumble. The team traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it competed in the Wisconsin Regional. Team 4143 was awarded the Rookie All-Star award and advanced to the 2012 FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where the team finished as a finalist in the Archimedes division. MARS/WARS is thankful for the opportunities provided to the team by its generous sponsors as well as the school board and administration of Metamora Township High School, which enabled it to have a successful first season. Team 4143 takes pride in the precedent it set in this season and continues to strive to meet the standards and fulfill the ambitions of the founding team.

MARS/WARS’s Founding

As the 2010-2011 school year began, a number of students, faculty, and community members expressed interest in a FIRST Robotics team being hosted at Metamora Township High School. As a result, MTHS investigated the possibility of bringing the program to the school. In the fall of 2010, a FIRST Robotics team at MTHS was just a dream, but  Mr. Joe Bachman was determined to make a reality. After a year of extensive research, speeches to school board members, and collaboration with other area FIRST teams, the Metamora/Woodford Area Robotics team was born.