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This is team Sab-BOT-age's entry for FIRST Robotics Competition's 2018 game, FIRST Power Up.

Some notable 2018 achievements are:


What a great game. And what a challenging robot to design, especially within the 120 lb weight limit.

Also, for a scale-capable robot, managing not just weight but center of mass is crucial. It's really hard to score once your robot has fallen over.

Design Details

Drive-Straight CVT Swerve
Inside-Out Lift
Intake Claw
Autonomous Flexibility

Official Events

Kick-off - 6-January-2018
At Hatboro-Horsham High School
Westtown - 9-11 March-2018
The Westtown event is co-hosted by teams 1391 (based at the Westtown School) and 1640. Steve Compton (1391 Head Mentor) serves as Event Coordinator, while Clem McKown (1640 Head Mentor) serves as Volunteer Coordinator. This is the 3rd year of our co-hosting Westtown.
1640 performed well at this event, finishing qualifications in 3rd place with a 9-3-0 record. We led the 3rd alliance with teams 341 (Miss Daisy) and 4373 (Roobotics), making it to semifinals (3-3-0). Sab-BOT-age received the Creativity award, and 49 district qualifying points.
Seneca - 23-25 March-2018
We were invited by 834 (SparTechs) to join the 3rd Alliance. Together with 834 and 2600 (Team Falcon), we went on to win! Collect 60 district qualifying points.
Hatboro-Horsham - 29-31 March-2018
We were invited by 1218 (Vulcan Robotics) to join the 2nd Alliance. Together with 1218 and 1647 (Iron Devils), we blew through Quarter and Semifinals. So did the 1st Alliance (2590 Nemesis, 25 Raider Robotix, and 6226 Blue Devils). In Finals, we lost the first round to the 1st Alliance by 15 points (259-244). We then took the victory in the 2nd match by 17 points (252-260). These were two amazingly evenly-matched alliances! Alas, in the 3rd match, the fiberglass cascade anchors in our lift shattered early in the match, leaving us unable to score. We finished as finalists.
For the first time ever, Team Sab-BOT-age received the District Chairman's Award! This is a significant achievement for the team. Our fedoras are off to our Chairman's sub-team!
In addition, Head Mentor Clem McKown received the FIRST Mid Atlantic Don Bowers Inspiration Award.
As this was our 3rd District Event, we did not receive any qualifying points.
FIRST Mid-Atlantic Championship - 4 (load-in only) - 7 April-2018
We were the 1st pick of FRC 25 (Raider Robotix), the 2nd Alliance Captain. FRC 1089 (Team Mercury) completed this powerful Alliance. We finished as Finalists in the rubber match.
Sab-BOT-age received the Industrial Design Award.
At the close of the FIRST Mid-Atlantic competition season, 1640 is ranked #4 in MAR with 274 ranking points (behind 2590 Nemesis - 355 pts, 225 TechFire - 336 pts, and 25 Raider Robotix - 309 pts).
FRC Championship - 25 - 28 April-2018
Finishing qualifications in 11th place (in a field of 68), we were the 1st pick of the 5th alliance comprising 71 (Team Hammond - Captain), ourselves, 5254 (HYPE) and 422 (Mech Tech Dragons). We made it to the finals, but were stopped there by the 2nd alliance.
Sab-BOT-age received the Excellence in Engineering Award for Carson-Tesla. This is the first time that the team has won an award (other than Winner or Finalist) at FRC Championships.
The team also won the 2018 FedEx Innovation Challenge Award, which comes with a grant of $10,000.

Unofficial Events

Indiana Robotics Invitational - 12-14 July 2018
Havoc - 6-October-2018
We won! 1st seed 2590 Nemesis picked us. Good start in building a strong alliance. Our 2nd pick, the last robot left to pick (607 & 1717 were removed from selection, to allow all teams to be picked), bizarrely declined our invitation! Really? Does this ever happen? Honestly, if they were planning to decline, they should have let the organizers know so that one of the eliminated robots could have taken their place in the normal order of picking. So we ended up with 607 as our 3rd robot. Wow. This bizarre turn of events left us with a super alliance.
With 20 students graduating from 1640 at the end of the last season, our crew was new. On our drive team, only our driver, Cameron, was a veteran. The rest of the drive team was:
  • Drive team mentor: Eric Weissman
  • Coach: Daniel
  • Operator: Sai & Aerin (alternating)
  • Human Player: Joey & Bhavana (alternating)
  • Technician: Nathan
Braden served for the 1st time as pit captain. The balance of the pit crew comprised:
  • Nathan
  • Sai
  • Bhavana
The drive team and pit functioned very well, both pulling together as effective teams. Cameron stepped up to serve as the glue and voice of experience on the drive team.
Duel on the Delaware - 20-October-2018
Ramp Riot - 3-November-2018

Other Events

D-Town Dustoff - 11-November-2017
Downingtown FLL RQT - 9-December-2017
Move from CCIU to 190 Exton Square Mall - 15-30 June, 2018
DAR Picnic - 1-August-2018


King of Prussia FIRST Expo 2018 - 19-May-2018
FIRST Robots at the Court at King of Prussia Mall! How cool is that? Our sincere thanks to FRC 708 (Hatters) for organizing this event.
Downingtown Area Robotics Open House - 11 & 12 August-2018
Techgirlz Robotics Workshop - 15-Sept-2018
Downingtown Area Robotics hosted its third Robotics Workshop in cooperation with Techgirlz. Thanks to Akhila for organizing and planning this event, and also to Sai, Sushmita, Ella and Anshu for instructing. Once again, a great success and a lot of fun.
Kids Tech Exploration Day - October 13, 2018
We were very happy to participate in Turn5's Kids Tech Exploration Day with all four FIRST programs. This Tech Outreach event was very well organized and packed with young families. Special thanks to Turn5 for organizing and hosting this outstanding event! At Turn5, 600 Cedar Hollow Road, Paoli.


2018 Chairman's Video
FIRST Updates Now
IRI Application Video
2018 Wrap-Up Video


Ag Robot

Battery Testing

Battery Testing 01-2018

Battery Testing 04-2018

Battery Management


Team Sab-BOT-age is what it is only due to the efforts of the people involved. DEWBOT XIV's success will be in the hands of the students, mentors and parents engaged. The team's very existence is possible only through the gracious generosity of our sponsors.

2018 Graduates
Sponsors 2018

See our other robots in the Robot Archives.