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Website administrator, team programming & controls mentor. Lab technician at Eaton Computer.

Meet QUASAR! Our 2019 DEEP SPACE Robot

Game: Destination DEEP SPACE


Status: Operable
Weight: 100lbs (approx.)
6WD, standard tank drive.

Drive Train

Speed: 12ft/sec (approx.)

2CIM ToughboxMini per tank

6in KOP wheels


Speed: 4in/sec (approx.)

1CIM Versaplanetary Gearbox 50:1 Reduction

7.5″ pistons actuate the arms to an open/closed position

Position tracked via magnetic encoder


2 front actuators

2 rear actuators (7″ Bimba pistons with smooth “feet”)

Capable of HAB LV2 climb.


Limelight Camera (purchase link)

Microsoft HD Lifecam-3000

Reflective sensors on bottom of chassis for tape tracking

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Our 2018 Robot REX

Game: FIRST Power UP

REX was a specialized bot that was adept in scoring in the near switch and vault. It would fill the entire vault nearly every match, earning a Vault Master peer-award at Buckeye Regional from Team #2228.


Status: Operable
Weight: 98lbs

Drive Train

6WD, 4CIM tank drive.

Speed: 11ft/sec


Belt driven

Powered by 1 CIM motor

Only able to reach the low switches


MiniCIM motors direct drive attached to banebot wheels

Pneumatic punch to assist releasing power cubes

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2017 Robot: FENIX

Fenix v1


The first version of our 2017 robot was very much unlike what it is today.


  • Status: Deconstructed
  • Weight: 120.0lbs
  • 6WD, tank drive.

Front – Ball Intake, Hopper, Agitator

  • Powered by BAG motors, the intake wheels spun fast enough to launch the balls up the chute and land gently into the hopper.
  • Once in the hopper, an agitator mechanism (also powered w/ BAGs) at the bottom would spin and push the balls through a tunnel into the shooter.

Rear – Shooter, Passive Gear Box

  • Shoots to the rear side for minimal turning.
  • The gear box would hold the gear at the correct height in order for us to place the gear on the airship.

Introducing: FENIX V2

After regionals, the team simplified our robot design a lot. We completely removed the hopper & shooter subsystems and chose to create an active gear mechanism. We decided picking gears up off the floor & climbing was the most important thing to focus on, so we modified our robot to reflect that.

Game: FIRST Steamworks


  • Status: Deconstructed
  • Weight: 109.5lbs
  • 6WD, tank drive.

Front – Gear Pickup / Climbing Mechanism

  • Two wheels attached to the end of arms spin to intake the gear.
  • The compression from the wheels naturally hold the gear in place, allowing us to move freely across the field.
  • The climber is powered by a regular CIM motor.
    • Gear reduction unknown.
    • A ratchet was added during an off-season event after realizing the motor was outputting too much power to hold the weight of the robot.

CAGE Match 2017 Photos

Over the weekend our team traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the 10th annual CAGE Match. The team and our robot, FENIX, placed 10th in the standings and eventually moved up to become the 7th seed alliance captain!

A big thank you to our alliance partners #3940 Cybertooth and #461 WBI for competing with us in the playoffs. You can see our match results & photos from the event below.

Event Match Results | Our Match Results