FTC 11242

FTC 11242: Supercell

Background

FTC 11242 (Ferris Robotics: Supercell) was launched in the 2016/2017 contest season with the Velocity Vortex game. The team was an after-school / weekend team that was sponsored by Ferris High School.

2019/2020 Season

The team is currently in planning for the upcoming season. Check back for more details after the season kickoff and game reveal in early September.

2018/2019 Season

At the start of the 18/19 season, FTC 11242 is the team associated with both sections of the Robotics I class. As such, FTC 11242 was considered a first-year rookie team.

As Robotics I has two sections (one in 3A and one in 3B), the team was originally split across two days. The plan was to push the team to establish good communication skills as only half of their team is present during class time. In reality, the experiment somewhat failed. It was realized this configuration was too different for a rookie team who had never worked together on any projects in-class or out-of-class.

Approximately 5 weeks into the school year (3 weeks into the season), the team was reconfigured to all B-Day students. This allows for a mix of rookies and veterans to work together on the team.

This team had a strong start in the regular season, but “stalled” around the third league meet. They showed well at the El Dorado League Tournament, but did not finish strong enough to advance.

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2017/2018 Season

In the 17/18 season, the team elected to change their name to “ERROR 451 – Unavailable for Legal Reasons“. The team decided on this name as a response to the legal decisions centered around D.A.C.A. and the implications those decisions would have on our community.

As a second-year team, this team made great strides from the previous year. The team understood mechanical testing and design refinement. In addition, the team received a second Texas Workforce Commission grant.

The team performed well through the league tournament and received several awards including the Rockwell Collins Innovative Design Award and the 2nd Inspire Award. FTC 11242 advanced to the Texas Regional Championship from the league tournament, but due to technical issues with the robot, finished 22nd of 24 teams at the Texas Regional Championship – Ruby Division.

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UIL Robotics State Championship

The team was also invited to perform at the UIL Robotics State Championship based on the qualification criteria established in the UIL Robotics pilot.

While FTC 11242 did not advance into the semi-finals, they did finish in 15th place in the State of Texas, which is a great accomplishment for a program that is only 2-years old.

During this season, FTC 11242 also competed in the inaugural Yellowjacket Blacklight Bug Zapper – an off-season fund-raising tournament that was hosted by Ferris Robotics.

2016/2017 Season

In the 16/17 season, the team elected to use the name “ERROR 404 – No Better Team Can Be Found“.

As a first-year rookie team, this team received grants from FIRST and from the Texas Workforce Commission. The team performed well through the league tournament and received the Control Award for their unique application of programming and sensors to solve the Velocity Vortex challenge – most notably the beacons during the autonomous mode of the game.

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