Each school year, the FIRST Robotics Season is broken down as follows:
- Training & Outreach: We train our new team members and refresh existing team members’ skills throughout the fall as well as perform many outreach events to spread the love of STEM to our community and beyond. We also usually compete in the two off-season competitions GRITS and SCRIW.
- Build: We receive the FIRST FRC game rules at the beginning of January and we spend January and February building our robots and our practice field.
- Competition: We compete in FIRST FRC competitions in March and April. We usually compete in two regional competitions in order to hopefully qualify to attend the Peachtree State Competition and then the World Championship competition toward the end of April.
Past Season Info:
Prior to the 2021 season, a new, challenging game was introduced each January at an event known as “Kickoff.” Due to the 2020 season being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Kickoff presented a modified version of the 2020 game, INFINITE RECHARGE. The 2021 season included a series of three challenges in which teams could engage from “home” and virtually compete with teams from around the world. Enjoy the Walton Robotics 2020-21 Season Recap Video https://youtu.be/3AxeXcmYNDQ
While we only had the opportunity to compete in the March 7, 2020 Dalton Qualifying Competition before the pandemic shut down our world later in March, we had a blast! We hope you enjoy our Infinite Recharge 2020 Season Recap Video! https://youtu.be/wY47RLclRlc
On January 1st of 2016, after our kickoff event, the build season was underway. We immediately started with the design process. Everyone on our team is involved in the design of the robot so that we essentially be together for an entire day and talk about pros and cons of different robots, so that everyone on the team has a say in the final robot. Next, we utilized the following two weeks prototyping and finishing designs. After the designs were finalized and the prototypes broken down, we began building the practice robot and the competition robot. We build two robots simultaneously each year so that we can have one left over for our drivers to practice with. As the six weeks drew to a close, our robot was shaping up to be something amazing. Finally, the night bag-and-tag rolled around, we put the electrical together and all the finishing touches. We bagged up the robot after six…
Columbus District Columbus was the first competitive event that we attended in 2016. Throughout the day, there was a little bit of trial and error with the firing of our catapult mechanism, which is the design we chose for Stronghold Bot. Since the competition robot was different from the practice bot at our build site, we had to make major adjustments, being as our intake could only pick up about three balls per match. Eventually, after hard fighting, we got to pick the alliance that we thought that would best complement our capabilities. Unfortunately, both of our alliance members were nonfunctional during the finals, along with our robot’s intake being broken, so we ended up losing in the end. But there was still much to look forward to, being as our intake problems could be solved before the next competition, in Dalton. Dalton District Coming into this event, we knew we…
Columbus: As we entered the venue in Columbus, Georgia, we could feel a sense of pride. We found our seats near the top of the venue, and immediately got to work. We sent pit scouts to gain information from other teams about their robots, and what made those robots special. We watched from above, and gathered data on the other teams. After one and a half days of watching, we finally got our chance: alliance selection. Using the data we had, we helped our drive team find the robots that would help us. They made the decision, and we watched up in the stands anxiously as we marched our way to the finals. We may not have won the finals, but the spirit and pride we felt about what we did for the team was extraordinary. Dalton: The venue in Dalton, Georgia was quite interesting. We had an almost level…