2017: Pine Tree NE District Event

Mechanical Mayhem had a wonderful experience at the Pine Tree District Event on March 30-April 1! We enjoyed playing the game with many Maine teams as well as teams from around New England. After ranking first for much of the competition, a couple match losses landed us as the sixth seed by the end of qualification matches. During alliance selection for the elimination round on Saturday, we were chosen by the first seed, Team 2648 Infinite Loop, who also picked Team 4906 The Collective to round out our alliance. This alliance went undefeated in the elimination round and won the competition! In addition, our team won the top judged award, the Chairman’s Award, and will go on to be one of the ten Chairman’s Award winning teams from New England competing for one of the four Chairman’s Awards given at the New England District Championship this weekend. Also, one of our students, Faith, was one of two students from the Pine Tree District chosen to compete for the Dean’s List Award at the New England District Championship at which six of the 20 students chosen at district events will be named Dean’s List Finalists.

If you have time, please check out our Chairman’s Award video created by students as part of the Chairman’s Award submission, as well as a highlights video of the team at the Pine Tree District created by Mechanical Mayhem alumnus David Jennings.

The team is now in the midst of the New England District Championship at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Going into the last day of competition, Mechanical Mayhem is ranked 10 of 64 of the top FIRST Robotics teams in New England! With two more qualification matches this morning, Mayhem hopes to play in the elimination round this afternoon.

2017: Worcester Polytechnic Institute NE District Event

On March 8-10 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Harrington Auditorium, Mechanical MAYHEM enthusiastically competed for the first time with our 2017 robot: Blaise’n 40.

On the first day of competition, Blaise’n 40 stole the show while maintaining an undefeated winning streak of 8-0.  Routinely winning with 250 points on the board, Blaise’n 40 earned the second-seed position at the end of the qualification matches on Friday.  A playlist of all of our WPI matches is available on our YouTube channel.

Due to the hard work of our diligent scouts, MAYHEM picked two incredible robots during alliance selection: Teams 190 (Gompei and the H.E.R.D. from Worcester, MA) and 1740 (Ledyard Cyber Colonials from Ledyard, CT).  Each of these three robots complemented the abilities of the others, resulting in an extremely effective alliance.

Despite a setback in the first elimination match, this alliance breezed through both the quarterfinals and semifinals, earning a position in the finals.  After three hard-fought matches, MAYHEM, 190 and 1740 applauded the first-seeded alliance as the district event winner (Congratulations to 3623, TerrorBots; 2370, IBOTS; and 1991, the Dragons)!

Autonomous Scoring

MAYHEM was honored to receive the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi!  The judges said this about our robot, “Short and sweet, this team’s robot scored!  They flat-out excelled in ALL phases of the competition.  Additionally, they were impressive with their ability to articulate the conception, design, engineering and construction of their spectacular control system, including a smart dashboard, a dual-cam agitator, and their ‘H-Module’ which provided for better driving control.” It’s affirming to receive such positive feedback from the judges after all of the long hours and late nights Blaise’n 40 spent under development.  Furthermore, MAYHEM would like to congratulate our friends from Team 4905 Andromeda One on their Chairman’s Award win.

MAYHEM will compete at the Pine Tree District Event on March 30 – April 1, in Lewiston, ME.  Follow our performance on the Blue Alliance.

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Sponsor logos displayed above our pit at the WPI District.

2017: Introducing Blaise’n 40

Last night our 2017 robot named “Blaise’n 40” was bagged at 11:55pm on Stop Build Day! Blaise‘n 40 is named after Blaise Pascal and the 40 kiloPascals needed for a ranking point which we aim to complete with 40 high goal shots in the autonomous period.

We look forward playing the FIRST STEAMworks game with many great New England teams at our two district events: WPI District on March 8-10 in Worcester, MA, and Pine Tree District on March 30-April 1 in Lewiston, ME. The competitions are free and open to the public, so check out these tournaments and witness the thrill of FIRST Robotics Competition!

2017: Digital Animation Submitted

A couple days ago, Mechanical Mayhem’s animation subteam submitted the team’s digital animation award entry.  The countless hours they invested shine through in this award entry with great animation as well as a powerful theme summarized in the Albert Einstein quote near the end: “There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and nuclear power: the will.” That’s a great reminder to FIRST Robotics teams around the world who have less than three weeks remaining until Stop Build Day on February 21!

Congratulations, student animators, on a phenomenal animation with no technical mentoring from adults!

Take a minute (literally) to watch Team 1519’s Digital Animation Award Entry.



2017: Mid-Build Season Update

While various subteams have been busy designing, prototyping and building their parts of the robot (drive base, fuel acquisition & scoring, gear acquisition & scoring, climber), the students on the media team put together a short video illustrating what an incredible impact sponsors who support FIRST Robotics teams like ours have on their community.  Enjoy our Fundraising Video 2017!

Mechanical Mayhem looks forward to running our robot on a real field with other FRC teams on February 18 (the last Saturday before Stop Build Day) at the Week Zero Scrimmage hosted by FRC Team 811 at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.

2017: FRC Game Announcement

On January 7, the 2017 Mechanical Mayhem team excitedly piled into a crowded basement, awaiting the unveiling of the 2017 FIRST STEAMWORKS game!

Robots climb up dangling ropes!?! 600 game pieces and 16 moving parts!?! Human Players are allowed on-field DURING the match!?!?!

As the team got right to work strategizing, analyzing, and discussing the new game, a delegation of students toured a live field at the FIRST Live Kickoff in Manchester, NH.  Measuring field elements, talking with game designers, and assessing field visibility, this delegation began beaming with ideas — thereby blending right in upon arriving back at Mayhem Central!

This year is host to some interesting rules. The robot volume may not exceed 12 cubic feet, and the robot may never extend beyond its bumpers. Additionally, teams are encouraged to bring a custom rope to the playing field — one that complements a robot’s climbing mechanism.

Mayhem welcomes ten rookie students this year! It’s encouraging to see the varied interests among the new recruits. If their performance in safety/shop training, CAD workshops, and kickoff day reflects their abilities, then these new students will accomplish amazing things in the future! These rookies will sustain the team in years to come, and so the older veterans are naturally eager to bring them up to speed on all that goes into a well-run FRC season.

The team is scheduled to compete in the following tournaments: Week Zero Scrimmage (February 18, Nashua, NH), WPI District Event (March 8-10, Worcester, MA), and Pine Tree District Event (March 30 – April 1, Lewiston, ME). If the team is fortunate enough to qualify, it will compete in the New England District Championship (April 5-8, Durham, NH) and the World Championship (April 26-29, St. Louis, MO).

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