DEWBOT VII Philadelphia Regional

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Completing a logo during Finals with 303
Team 1640 (Sab-BOT-age) led its alliance to victory in FRC's Philadelphia Regional Competition on April 7-9, 2011. This was 1640's first Regional victory. In fact, this was the team’s first experience ever as an Alliance Captain at a Regional Competition.

Sab-BOT-age performed well through the qualification rounds, racking up 8 wins and 1 tie. This placed 1640 at 2nd seed out of 56 teams and therefore captain of the 2nd alliance during eliminations.

Sab-BOT-age was able to form a solid 2nd alliance. Alliance Partners were Teams 365 (Miracle Workerz), 303 (Panther Robotics) and eventually 2607 (Robo Vikings, who substituted for 365 after their robot died in the finals).

The 2nd alliance lost its first quarterfinal match, but adapted strategy and won the next two matches; advancing to the semifinals. Sab-BOT-age’s minibot, after nearly flawless performance in the qualifying matches, took this time to become unreliable (knocked off its launch-pad due to the rough play).

Sab-BOT-age went on the defensive during the alliance’s two semifinal matches to slow down opponent scoring. While 1640’s robot (DEWBOT) was designed for offense, its pivot drive-train just can't be beat on defense. The 2nd alliance won both semifinal matches, but suffered an enormous setback when 365's arm broke during the 2nd semifinal match. A time-out was called for repairs.

The 2nd alliance started finals with 1640 still in defensive mode and 365's arm still broken. Not a good combination. To make matters worse, 365's drive-train failed entirely during the 1st finals match. The 2nd alliance was beaten badly (26-82) and its fortunes appeared bleak. With no more time-outs, a back-up team (2607) was called in to replace 365; opposing alliances shook hands; and 1640 put DEWBOT back on the offensive. It worked. The 2nd alliance won the next two matches and the competition. Robotics can provide great drama!

In addition to winning the competition, Team 1640 received Rockwell Automation's Innovation in Control Award for our cutting-edge modular pivot drive-train with its integrated sensor array and control software.

1640 also received three awards from other teams during the competition:

  • Coolest Robot Award from Team 341 (Miss Daisy)
  • Gracious Professionalism Moeward from Team 365 (Miracle Workerz)
  • Gracious Professionalism Award from Team 203 (One TUFF Team)

During the competition, a team of 1640 & 365 students selflessly pitched in to help rookie Team 3629 (PACE Robotics) rebuild their robot to pass inspection and compete and score in the matches. Sab-BOT-age students worked long hours in 3629's pit and put in a very late night (an early morning, actually) at the Downingtown Robotics Center, building and assembling parts for this new team. Team 3629 went on to win the Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie Inspiration Awards at the Competition. Go PACE Robotics!


Rank: 2 of 56 (98%)
Qualifying Match Record: 8-0-1
Elimination Match Record: 6-2 (no ties in Eliminations) - Winners
Qualifying Score: 17.00 (avg 8.89, top 18, stdev 3.9)
Ranking Score: 29.11 (avg 25.17, top 46, stdev 7.5)
Average Qualification Match Score (Average Winning Margin): 21.89 (12.4)
Offensive Power Rating (Regional Rank): 27.3 (12 of 56) (avg 14.34, top 55.71, stdev 14.9)
Calculated Contribution to Winning Margin (Regional Rank): 24.1 (8 of 56)
Estimated Robot Contribution: 3-6
Estimated Minibot Contribution: Approx 25.88 (27.78 quals only, note CCWM is 3.68 lower)
Overall by last event, we're in the 93rd percentile on CCWM and the 89th on OPR.
(Courtesy of FIRST, CD FRC-Spy, Team 2834 & Team 48)

Calculated Standings without Fanger

Calculated Rank: 18 of 56 (70%)
Calculated Qualifying Match Record: 5-3-1
Calculated Elimintation Match Record (all else equal): 4-4 or 3-3 - Semifinalists or Finalists (1 win 1 loss in semifinals)
Calculated Average Qualification Match Score (Average Winning Margin): 15.07-17.30 (5.67-7.89), top assumes 3rd minibot finshes
Calculated Qualifying Score: 11.00
Calculated Ranking Score: 22.78
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Match Results

Carly, Sasha, Matt/Andrew, Clem
Qualification Matches:

Match 3: Close win over 56, 1391 and 2539 with 225 and 321, 74-69 despite losing the minibot race.
Match 16: Regional high score 114-25 at the time with 365 and 272 (thanks guys!) against 433, 223 and 3167.
Match 27: 33-0 blowout over 1712, 2559 and 3151 with 486 and 3553.
Match 38: 74-32 win over 204, 3015 and 2229 with 1647 and 2559
Match 46: Narrow 62-58 victory with 357 and 423 over 834, 1302, 316, despite losing the minibot race.
Match 51: 38-38 tie versus 357, 304 and 2641 with 1403 and 1370
Match 65: 36-24 win with 1712 and 2895 over 1143, 1980 and 224. Thanks Fanger!
Match 72: 77-6 blowout with 1391 and 304 over 2234, 3182 and 2534
Match 80: 83-0 blowout with 103 and 2607 over 3123, 1791 and 1495

We finished as the 2nd ranked team! After some complex negotiation, we ended up partnering with 365 while the 1st ranked 1647 parntered with 341. More more complexity later (thank your 365's scouts!), we picked 303 as our third partner.

Elimination Matches:

QF 3-1: 48 to 82 loss against the 7th Alliance (816, 1403 and 1712) after our claw got smashed and the minibot fell off. (Match was lost to minibots.) 1712 did a good job tying up 365 which we couldn't interrupt. Due to some HP communication, the alliance was low on tubes. No autonomous for us.
QF 3-2: Narrow 78-70 victory thanks to some serious hanging by 365 when 303 shook 1712 off them. They also won the minibot race and nailed the double tube autonomous, though our minibot fell off again and we turned out autonomus off after double-scoring an Ubertube in QF 3-1.
QF 3-3: Another eeked out 63-59 victory thanks to 365 a nd 303 hanging when 1712 switched with 87. (Still no Fanger.) We're semifinalists!
SF 2-1: A slightly less close 72-66 win over Alliance 3 (103, 56 and 1302). 365 and 303 cleaned up on hanging with our defense (claw still out of commission). No minibot for us once again (or for 303 or 365).
SF 2-2: Another close 63-50 victory thanks to the 1st & 3rd minibot finishes. One penalty each, but we're finalists!
Fin 1-1: Frightening 26-82 loss due mostly to our MOE's top scoring arm breaking and us not playing offense. 2 penalties on us and 1 on them (lane violations). They nailed both 1st & 2nd minibot finishes, though our alliance got third.
Fin 1-2: Another close 70-64 win after 2607 switched with 365. We're back on offense with 303 and autonomous worked. Only 2nd & 3rd in the minibot race.
Fin 1-3: 69-0 blowout including first in the minibot race when 486 broke down.



Matt - Co-Captain & Human Player
Carly - Co-Captain & Driver
Sasha - Team Safety Captain & Arm Operator
Molly - Pit Captain
Douglas - Competition/Pit Safety Captain
Andrew - Human Player
Ben R - Head programmer
Mike M - Pit programmer
Nicole - Scouting lead
Jack - Scouting
Yahya - Scouting
Ben B - Scouting, programming
Garrison - Scouting
Mike B


Ben Kellom - Pit Mentor
Julie Christopher - Head Programming Mentor
Faith McKown - Administration
Siri Maley - Scouting & Strategy, Pit Mechanical
Mike Rizzo - Competition Volunteer (Referee)
Rita Wall - Logistics
Clem McKown - Head Mentor & Coach
Gary Deaver - Pit Mechanical
Scott Featherman - Pit Electrical
Rich Kulik
John Weissman
Jon Davis
John Stumpo


Joe Morganto - Scouting
Ellen Kellom
The Mansfields
The Boulanges

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