History

2014: Cascade Effect

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Overview of the Season

Cascade Effect was an FTC game that had robots collecting multi-sized balls and putting them into cylindrical tubes. In the autonomous mode, the teams robot drove down a ramp and placed a ball into a tube, drug the tube to a scoring zone, and released balls out of the center goal. In Teleop, the teams collected the balls and filled the tubes. For the end game, balls were placed into a goal 48" high (robots are 18") and parked in zones for points. During this season, the team grew and achieved more than the rookie season. The team competed in 2 events: Allendale Qualifier (first year we hosted this) and the Kentwood Qualifier. The team advanced to the State Championship, where they were finalists. The team advanced to the Super Regional in Iowa and places 4th in qualifications matches. They were selected by the #1 alliance as a first pick, but got eliminated in the Semi-Finals. The HexaSonics, for the second year, advanced to the World Championships in St. Louis.

Our Awards

  • Controls Award at the Allendale Qualifier Event
  • Finalist Alliance at the Allendale Qualifier Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Kentwood Qualification Event
  • Inspire Award at the Kentwood Qualification Event
  • Controls Award at the Lapeer Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Lapeer Event
  • Inspire Award at the Lapeer Event
  • Division Winning Alliance at the Michigan State Championship
  • Finalist Alliance at the Michigan State Championship

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2017: FIRST Relic Recovery

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Overview of the Season

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring Glyphs into the Cryptoboxes and completing rows, columns, and ciphers, transferring Relics to the Recovery Zone, retrieving Jewels, parking on the Balancing Stones, and navigating to specific parts of the Playing Field. The field is divided into a “red” and a “blue” side corresponding to the two alliances. In the center of the field is a taped off area that hold the Glyphs. The scoring elements for FIRST RELIC RECOVERY are 48 alliance-neutral Glyphs (24 gray and 24 brown), 8 alliance-specific Jewels (4 per alliance) and 4 alliance specific Relics (2 per Alliance). There are 4 alliance specific Cryptoboxes (2 per Alliance) with taped off safe zones in front of each. There are 4 alliance-specific Balancing Stones (2 per Alliance) on which Robots begin and end the game. There are also 2 off-field alliance specific Recovery Zones where robots place recovered Relics at the end of the match.

Our Awards

  • Connect Award at the Allendale FTC Qualifier Event
  • Inspire Award 3rd Place at the Allendale FTC Qualifier Event
  • Motivate Award at the Big Rapids FTC Qualifier Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Allendale FTC Qualifier Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Big Rapids FTC Qualifier Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Michigan State Championship

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2013: FTC Block Party

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Overview of the Season

This was the HexaSonics Rookie season with 6 members all coming from an FLL background. In FTC Block Party, alliances of 2 teams each competed to pick up 2" square blocks and place them in plastic crates mounted on a pendulum. At the end of the game, bonus points were scored for hanging the robot on a bar on top of a ramp. In 2013, the HexaSonics was part of the winning alliance at the Michigan State Championship. they advanced to the North Super Regional in Iowas where they were selected on the #4 alliance and eliminated in the Quarter Finals. They also, after some luck of a team not attending, were advanced to the World Championship event in St. Louis. This season they were the only Michigan MS FTC team to make this great accomplishment. Unfortunately, they were not sleeted for any awards or alliances. Overall, a great rookie season for these six middle school students that founded the team!

Our Awards

  • Innovation in Controls at the Kentwood Qualification Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Kentwood Qualification Event
  • Inspire Award at the Kentwood Qualification Event
  • Controls Award at the Michigan State Championship
  • Winning Alliance at the Michigan State Championship

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2015: Res-Q

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Overview of the Season

In the competition, two alliances, each consisting of two teams of high school students, compete to climb a mountain and score debris in alliance specific goals.[2] FIRST Res-Q is the eleventh FTC challenge. In this season, the HexaSonics was awarded the Inspire Award at the Allendale Qualifier Event. At the Kentwood Event, the team was on the winning alliance. The team advanced to the State Championship, where they were part of the State Championship Willing Alliance. In the Super Regional, the team experience field static issues and did not advance.

Our Awards

  • Promote Award at the Allendale Qualifier Event
  • Inspire Award at the Allendale Qualifier Event
  • Rockwell Collins Innovate Award at the Howell Qualifier Event
  • Winning Alliance at the Howell Qualifying Event
  • Division Winning Alliance at the Michigan State Championship
  • Winning Alliance at the Michigan State Championship

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2016: Velocity Vortex

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Overview of the Season

In this game, teams collected balls and launched this into a goal over 4 ft tall. The robots also triggered beacons on the side of the field to gain points. At the end of the game, the teams were able to place a large ball on top of the center vortex for bonus points. The HexaSonics competed in 2 qualifying events this season. At the Allendale Qualifier, the team did well but was not selected in the alliance. The team did get 2nd place Inspire, qualifying them for State. At the Kentwood Event, the team did better, being a 1st pick on the #1 alliance, but got eliminated in the Semi finals. At State, the team made improvements on the robot making them a 1st pick by the #2 alliance, but unfortunately got eliminated in the semi finals ending their season.

Our Awards

  • Promote Award at the Allendale Qualifier Event
  • PTC Design Award at the Allendale Qualifier Event
  • Compass Award at the Kentwood Qualifier Event
  • Promote Award at the Kentwood Qualifier Event
  • Think Award at the Kentwood Qualifier Event
  • Promote Award at the Michigan State Championship

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