The R.A.I.D. Robotics Team began in 2013 when FRC released Ultimate Ascent Challenge. Being our first year as a team, it was truly challenging for us. We had no tools, no experience, and limited understanding of how the game was played out.

We began to learn 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 team to score points against the other alliance. We 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, we had to go to a locale machine shop.

The goal of that year’s game was to shoot as many disks into goals as we could and then at the end of the match be able to climb a pyramid like structure in the middle of the field to score additional points. 

Our 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 us to climb the pyramid bars for extra points. This year was hard for us, but we did alright for a rookie team.

Our team’s first year would not have happened without the vision, passion and support of our team’s school sponsor, Mr. Shawn Timulak, and our principal, Liz Drake, as well as financial support from Thomas Jefferson High School administration. We 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 that year’s game was to shoot as many disks into goals as we could and then at the end of the match be able to climb a pyramid like structure in the middle of the field to score additional points. 

Our 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 us 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