Aerial Assist was Trident Robotics’ most successful year to date. Once again, team structure was modified. Field team was converted from a team that maintained and built the new season’s practice field to a small group of individuals tasked with acquiring vast knowledge on all game rules and modifications as well as the upkeep of team safety. Due to this change, Trident Robotics compiled its first safety brochure. The trifold document was distributed at the Wisconsin Regional, Central Illinois Regional, and FIRST Championship. This sub team was the foundation of Trident’s dedication to safety. Another addition to the team this year was the media team. This team’s duty was to produce videos about the build season’s progress as well as complete animations to submit into FIRST’s safety animation competition. This year, the team consisted of over 80 members. The design process improved due to the wealth of knowledge from the mass of team members; however, the size of the team did lead to minor issues of conflicting ideas and miscommunication. The conflicting ideas eventually benefitted the team as all opinions were considered and compromised in order to create the best robot.
The game required the intake and propulsion of a 2’ diameter ball into a high goal. The intake system operated using a feed mechanism that lowered over the ball. Once around the ball, wheels mounted to the bar would spin forwards, propelling the ball backwards into the launcher. The launcher then used a winch system operated by an anti-backdrive 2 CIM ball shifter to activate a catapult.
This year’s robot was primarily a defensive robot. It operated on a six wheel long configuration AM 14-U chassis with 2 CIM ball shifters and high grip wheels. The chassis allowed the robot to push other robots across the field and out of scoring range. This function was what convinced the first seed alliance at the Central Illinois Regional to ally with Trident Robotics even though the team was not ranked in the top 24 teams at the regional. With the defensive aid of Trident Robotics, the alliance won the Central Illinois Regional’s, gaining the team a bid for Championships.
Trident Robotics attended both the Wisconsin Regional and the Central Illinois Regional; the later of two resulting in a regional champion title. Trident went on to place in the top 30% of teams competing on the Archimedes field at FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MI.