The R.A.I.D. Robotics Team began in 2013 with FIRST's Ultimate Ascent Challenge. Being the teams first year, it was truly challenging. RAID had no tools, no experience, few mentors, and limited understanding of how the game was played out.

The team learned that the FRC competition is played by two competing alliances. These alliances, known as the Red and Blue Alliance, are composed of three teams acting as one to score points in a competition against the other alliance. They gained experience on how to operate succesfully as a team during the season. Without having the proper tools and machines to cut the part for our robot, Ol' Rusty, RAID had to be built in a separate facility at a locale machine shop.

The goal 2013 Ultimate Ascent game was to shoot as many disks into goals as possible and, at the end of each match, be able to climb a pyramid like structure in the middle of the field to score additional points. 

"Ol' Rusty" robot shot the discuses by first feeding the disc between a spinning wheel and a wall which spun/slingshot the disc out to the target. We also had an arm that allowed "'Rusty" to climb the pyramid bars for extra points. This year was hard, but RAID did alright for a rookie team.

RAID's first year would not have happened without the vision, passion and support of the team’s school sponsor, Mr. Shawn Timulak, and school principal, Liz Drake, as well as financial support from Thomas Jefferson High School administration. The team also had tremendous support from team member parents, some who became team mentors, and learned right along with the team.

Stats For 2013

Record:

  • Seattle Regional Event
    • Record: 3-5-1
"Ol' Rusty" at the pit at competition
Work being done on the drive base
2013 RAID at Seattle for first competition
Fitting the drive base into the robot frame
CAD Design

About The Game

The goal of 2013 Ultimate Ascent was to shoot as many disks into goals as possible and, at the end of the match, be able to climb a pyramid like structure in the middle of the field to score additional points. 

"Ol' Rusty" shot the discuses by first feeding the disc between a spinning wheel and a wall which spun/slingshot the disc out to the target. "'Rusty" also had an arm that allowed it to climb the pyramid bars for extra points.

Watch RAID's 2013 robot, "Ol' Rusty," in action and see scores for matches at The Blue Alliance Visit Page