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09.13.14 23:41
Robots! Robots!

09.13.14 21:59
I won't be able to come to the meeting tomorrow.

09.12.14 17:07
I am so ready for another amazing year at Team Resistance!

09.12.14 02:10
Who's ready for another wonderful year of robotics? Smile

09.09.14 15:56
and all of the other people too

09.09.14 15:55
Love you Todd, Dave, jacob, Will, Izzy, and Mark Grin Cool Pfft

09.09.14 15:53
Also I miss all of you guys

09.09.14 15:52
I will not be able to come for the next 3 weeks because of Sat class Grin

09.09.14 13:23
I will not be attending on the 14th.

09.03.14 22:34
Stanton Club Fair (Sep. 9) Make sure you guys wear your green shirts!

08.16.14 20:14
Does anyone wants my lime-green duck-taped Demonia running platform boots? Only been worn 8 times in its lifetime. Size is Men 10. Text me - (904)386-8334

06.07.14 19:25
If any team members applied for and/or received a scholarship from first, please contact me! my email is on here, thanks Smile

04.22.14 14:21
Jacob, for the time being, I recommend type up your news article on a Word Doc and save there, then post right away here. The Web Team and I will investigate deeper and see what's the deal.

04.16.14 23:17
Josh, it did it again. It did not save the article that was typed

04.14.14 22:19
Jacob, at that time, the server had a hiccup when you were trying to save the article. IT should be working now.

04.11.14 23:17
Josh the article I typed in is not saving the message.

04.10.14 17:28
Is anyone else planning to go see Mark's booth at OneSpark? I'll be there tonight with a school friend.

04.06.14 06:19
Congratulations to Team Resistance for 2014 South Florida Regional Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi

03.28.14 05:36

03.24.14 02:08
Dmitri- See the link for event info; http://firstinflo.

FIRST Meeting This TODAY!

Todd Lovelace

Hello Fellow Robotgeeksters and Robotogeekster-ettes!



Don't fergit to wear old clothes and SHOP CLOTHES and be ready to have some fun!


UNION BREAK will be served at 3:00 PM.



Lots to talk about!     TL CG



Seeya at 1:00 PM!


Todd Lovelace


It's been a while since I've updated the website.....I'm just now recovered
from the 2014

FIRST Competition Year! When you get as old as I am it takes a while to recover

after running full throttle for eight months of the year.

It's time to get the 2015 FIRST Competition Year started! As usual, our
FIRST activity

will be the CLUB FAIR at Stanton College Prep School. This will occur on

Tuesday September 9th at lunch time. Stop by and visit us - we'll have OHMER

14...."the FIST of DEATH!" in active display running amok and

havoc and attracting attention to the Team.

Our FIRST meeting at CHAOS CENTRAL, the TEAM RESISTANCE workshop will be on
Sunday afternoon, September 14th from 1-5 pm......same robot time, same robot channel!
It is our intention to have only the Elder (returning) team members to join us
on the FIRST meeting session. We have a lot of things to talk about and a lot
of things to accomplish. The adult
mentors have been discussing doing a few things differently this year in order
to improve the performance of the team.

We will invite the Newbie members that we collect at the Club Fair meeting
on Sunday, September 21st. In the meantime we have a lot to talk about and to
take care of in getting jump started for the 19th year of TEAM RESISTANCE!

Iím getting EXCITED! See all of you
Elder Geeksters on Sunday, September 14th at CHAOS CENTRAL.

Todd Lovelace, Chief Geek




Todd Lovelace



It's been a while since I've updated the website.....I'm just now recovered from the 2014
FIRST Competition Year! When you get as old as I am it takes a while to recover
after running full thottle for eight months of the year.


It's time to get the 2015 FIRST Competition Year started! As usual, our FIRST acitvity
will be the CLUB FAIR at Stanton College Prep School. This will occur on
Tuesday September 9th at lunch time. Stop by and visit us - we'll have OHMER
14...."the FIST of DEATH!" in active display runing amok and creaing
havoc and attracting attention to the Team.


Our FIRST meeting at CHAOS CENTRAL, the TEAM RESISTANCE workshop will be on Sunday
afternoon, September 15th from 1-5 pm......same robot tinme, same robot


Rev-A Florida District Play 2016?!#

Jacob Plicque

Indiana is 2015s newest distrct. However, it is a 63 team district which is much less than the current 120-150 member districts.  Florida has ~90 teams state wide with ~70 teams in central and south Florida. The smaller model makes our area next on the district list for 2016/17 once the Indiana experiment is debugged and worked out. The Indiana format will have 3 district competitions of 35 robots (teams must attend at least 2), top 36 points team attend the district championship, and the top 10-12 teams go to the international championship in St Louis.     

Great Photo of the Team for the Team Award!

St Louis vs Team 86 Rev Alpha

Jacob Plicque

In case you were curious, Ohmer's OPR of 74.6 projects to 64.1 at St Louis would rank either 20th(Curie), 27th(Galileo), 32nd (Newton) or 37th(Archimedes) in the four (100 team) divisions at the World Championship. The average OPR for the divisional top 8 teams is ~100 and for the divisional top 24 teams is ~84. We would be competing to get a late 3rd round selection with a 95%ile, world ranked, robot in the playoffs since our unit will become an ~71%ile unit at the championship. The average Championship OPR of 48.7 is roughly 2X the ~25 OPR over the 2,729 FIRST robots this year. As stated earlier, let's take pride in the accomplishments of Team 86 in 2014. Additionally, let's aim for the stars and produce a 99%ile robot next year.

Statistics, OPR, etc Rev-A

Jacob Plicque

About a century ago, Mark Twain said," There are lies, dambable lies, and then there is statistics".  With two statistics known as "OPR" (offensive power rating) and "CCWM" (contribution to winning margin) one is able to predict a winning alliance in the playoffs roughly 95% (19 of 20 matches) of the time at Ft Lauderdale. In the elimination rounds it correctly predicted the winner 83% (78 of 94) of the time. These results are statistical data from a matrix analysis of match score contribution by each robot.   This is a useful tool to pick alliance members who give us a best change to win.  For example, five 28 to 39 OPR picks went unselected at South Florida while lesser bot were picked.  Scouting and OPR go hand in hand in building a winning alliance. Six weeks of data show OPR successly predict the elimination winner at about an 80% with a +/-9% rate and about 90% in the playoffs.  The Championship data for OPR predicted the winner in 775 games in the divisions and playoffs from a low of 79% in two divisions to a high of 90% in the 4 team final. 


Jacob Plicque

Team 86 finished in 2nd place on a tie breaker (11W-1L) at the FIRST Robotics - South Florida Regional. In the playoffs, we finished 3rd after being knocked over on an uncalled penalty. Our overall ranking for offense (OPR) is 148th of 2,729 robots at 74.6 points or the 95%ile level. Our overall ranking for win margin (CCWM) is 98th of 2,729 robots at 80.8 points or the 96%ile level. This is Team Resistance’s highest ranking since Ed Law began publishing data in 2009. Additionally, the team received the regional “Engineering Excellence” trophy. You students produced an outstanding unit in Todd’s garage which competed admirably against teams with more resources. The earlier problems of burnt out electronics/controls at the Orlando regional were not repeated this time. Congratulations on producing our best robot in 8 years (2006 - Aim High - Poof Shooter) which was the last time Team 86 had a top 150 unit. An average robot in 2014 scored ~25 pts while an above average (75%ile) bot scored ~43 pts. It is great to be able to state that Team Resistance made a superior robot in 2014. Set your goals even higher for next year in order to produce a 99%ile (spectacular 100+ pt) robot.

Ft. Lauderdale Specifics and Repetitions

FIRST South Florida Regional

Location: Greater Ft. Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center

              1950 Eisenhower Blvd.


Hotel: Embassy Suites

          1100 SE 17th St.

          Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33316


Bus People:

        Thursday 3 April 2014 Departure

        Southside United Methodist Church

        3120 Hendricks Ave.   32207

        Turn in beside JD Roberts Jewelery from Hendricks Ave.

        5:00 pm  Be there!!!

              Have all forms listed in previous post that you have not yet turned in. No forms = No bus ride

              EAT BEFORE YOU food allowed on bus


        Saturday 5 April 2014 Return

        Last day of competition/ Closing Ceremonies

        Leave from hotel and return to Southside United Methodist Church 11:45pm


Contact numbers given to parental units upon arrival at bus loading. See Lisa.


Reminder lunch order is due to Mr. Bailey by 5:00pm Wednsday. Didn't get the list? Email Lisa @ [email protected] and she'll send you the menu if you do not wait until 4:oopm Wednesday. :-)


READ previous post AGAIN to double check all of your items!


See you in Ft. Lauderdale!!



Ft Lauderdale Info Broadcast

Todd Lovelace

Team Resistance Student Guidance

South Florida Regional – Ft Lauderdale

April 3-5, 2014



From Mr. Bailey....the TITAN of Travel!


We will be competing again in the South Florida Regional! Our generous sponsors have made it possible for our entire team to attend by chartering a bus for us. We will meet Thursday April 3rd, 5pm at the Southside United Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks Avenue, 32207. Do not be late! The bus will depart promptly at 5:30pm!


What you need to do:


Complete the Team Resistance registration form:


Complete DCPS permission form.


Complete DCPS Medical Release form - MUST BE SIGNED BY NOTARY!


Complete FIRST Media Release Form. [Link To The Form] Yes, must be completed again if you went to Orlando.


Pack items:

  • Team shirts.
  • Change of clothes
  • OLD pillow case and towel to protect hotel linens after you dye your hair green!
  • Toiletries
  • Sleep attire
  • $25 for team meals
  • $15-20 for Friday dinner
  • Gizmos and chargers for bus know....slide rules, testbook, etc.


Show up on time!


5pm, April 3rd. We meet at Southside United Church, 3120 Hendricks Ave.





Breakfasts are included in hotel stay. 


  • Team meals will be arranged Friday lunch, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner. Team Meals will be $25 total per person.


  • Friday dinner will be self paid by each member. Assume  $15-25 dollars for dinner.


  • Total food cost should be $40-50 for team members


                                     Check the website daily for updates!



Room cost and bus fare for student team members is paid by Team Resistance.


Family members accompanying must pay ½ room cost ($230 check to Team Resistance or cash)


Get picked up: 11:45pm, April 5th. Southside United Church, 3120 Hendricks Ave. Make sure your Parental Units know this tiny, salient detail!

* Bus ride tips*  (it is considered polite to tip the bus driver.....TL)

* Pillow and blanket

* Motion sickness medicine

* Magazines, laptop, iPad, etc.

* Snacks, ***NO GUM***, bottled drinks with screw cap - ***NO CANS***



Trip coordinators:

* John Bailey Cell: 904-626-4415

* Mrs. Stevens: 904-445-7751


Orlando Regional

Todd Lovelace

WOW. What a rollercoaster weekend!


We got there with a perfectly functional robot.


On Thursday we found that the game field officials had overinflated the balls and at least 8 teams could not play or had trouble playing due to balls not working in their mechanisms.  After much ado we somehow got the officials to make the balls match the game rule specs....after modifying our machine to make it work as well as we could with oversized balls.  This machine modification caused us to miss all of our practice rounds.


On Friday we had the robot ready to run.  We took OHMER out to the field and proudly placed him in position for a single ball autonomous run. When the power switch was closed, smoke gods began to escape.  Turns out that the new battery has its Anderson power pole connector wired backwards. The resulting smoke damage included the 12-volt-to-5-volt power converter, at least one C-Rio plug in card and plug-in module, and the Wireless Router.


Robert (and Blake?) ran down the street to the parking lot a couple of times to get replacement pieces-parts off of the mechanum wheel prototype stashed in the trailer. By the end of the fourth round we had OHMER patched up and began to make up for lost time in the fifth round.


At the end of the day, despite having one alliance member that just held onto the ball, we had climbed up the ranking ladder from ~55th palce to to #30 by the end of the Qualification rounds.   With such a horrible start, it was no surprise that we did not get chosen for the Elimnination Tournament.


Despite all of the trials and tribulations, OHMER and the Drive Team did very well once the bugs were fixed. You can see this for yourself on the online videos from the Orlando Regional Website.


The game play was extremely rough at the Orlando Regional. Robert and Frank commented that we would be better prepared for such shennanigans if we had the big CIM motors back on the drive system. When we left Orlando, we took the drive motor-gearbox-wheel assemblies off (per the rules) and will disassemble and clean them here at Chaos Central. We will replace the steel wheel drive shafts with aluminum shafts with hexagon cross-section and replace the wheel hubs with hexagon-hole wheel hubs. This will allow us to quit worrying about the setcscrews holding the keys and wheels on the shafts properly while simultaneously dropping one entire pound from the robot weight. We will re-assemble the gearboxes with the big CIM motors and lighter-weight parts.


Hopefully everyone will be signing up for the Ft Lauderdale Regional coming up in two weeks.  There will be a new post here on the website soon with full info on the trip.  PAY ATTENTION!





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