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Summer Heat 2022


June 25, 2022


Last Saturday we went up to Falmouth, ME for Summer Heat. CHAOS did well and had a lot of fun, we went on in qualification matches to be 6-0-0 and we were seeded #1 overall in qualifying.

We were captain for alliance #1 during alliance selections, and we ended up pairing ourselves with our good friends team 3467, 6153 Blue Crew, and 8046 the Lakerbots We went on to the round robin where we had a 4-1 record. We entered the finals and after three matches, we ended Summer Heat as Champions!

Good thanks to Team 172 The Northern Force, Team 58 The Riot Crew, and Team 5687 The Outliers for hosting the event, we had a fun time and can’t wait to have more fun throughout the year!



BATTLECRY 2022


June 4-June 5


Last weekend on June 4th and 5th we participated in BattleCry 22 hosted by WPI, in Worcester, MA. This was our first off-season event of 2022, BattleCry is the biggest off season event in New England, we have been to every single BattleCry since the first one back in 2000. We competed in 7 qualification matches, and went undefeated, seating 4th out of 61 teams. As soon as alliance selection started we picked our good friends team 3467 Windham Windup, 2423 The KwarQs, and we picked our other good friends team 6324 the blue devils from a hat.


We competed in a preliminary round of two matches to determine which of the 16 playoff alliances would be moving on to the round robin. After going 2-0 in those matches we were one of 6 alliances set to move forward. We entered the round robin and faced each other's alliance, ultimately going 4-1 against them. This meant we were moving onto the finals. We secured a win in the first match of the finals, but ultimately couldn't keep up against the strong alliance of 7407 The Wired Boars, 2168 The Aluminum Falcons, 2265 Fe Maidens, and 3182 Athena's Warriors.


Overall CHAOS had an amazing time at BattleCry 22. We would like to congratulate all of the winners. We would also like to thank WPI for hosting Battlecry and making it a great, entertaining, and fun event!



NE FIRST District Championship

Back on April 13-Apr 16, 2022 CHAOS participated in the New England FIRST District Championship, at The Big E in West Springfield, MA. As we progressed in the event CHAOS came 2nd overall in qualifications within our division. We had a 9-3-0 win loss ratio after 2 days of qualfiaction matchs, at that time we were looking in great-shape. We started alliance selection on the final day, and in doing so we picked our number neighbor Team 133 BERT and Team 5735 Control Freaks. We came into quarters and we won both of our matches. As we came into the semi-finals we won our first semi final match, but lossed our second, it came down to a tie-breaking match and we ended up winning the third match. We came into the finals hoping to get to the grand-finals, we lost our first finals match but came back in the second, it ended up as another tie-breaker and we lost by just a few points.


As a result we ended our season with a good last event as we came second overall in our division, and ended up 8th overall in the New England District. As the season comes to a close we are happy to end it on a good note, we are hoping to have more off-season events while the year progresses and we hope to share this with you.



NE District Pease ANG Event

March 31 - April 2, 2022


From March 31 - April 2 CHAOS participated in the NE District Pease ANG Event, in Durham, NH. We went 7-5 in our 12 qualifying matches, placing us 9th out of 40 teams. We captained the 6th playoff alliance, picking our friend Team 166 Chop Shop and Team 5494 The Bizarbots during alliance selections. We had a strong quarter-final round, upsetting the number 3 alliance to advance to the semis. Unfortunately we were unable to make it out of the semi-finals due to multiple robot breakages.


CHAOS also won the Innovation in Control Award, which celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components. This is the 4th time we have received this award in our history!


We are now planning on going to the New England FIRST District Championship in West Springfield, MA on Apr 13th to Apr 16 2022.


NE District Granite State Event

March 3-March 5, 2022

On March 3rd through March 5th CHAOS competed in the Granite State District Event, hosted at Salem High School in Salem, NH. This is our first event of the Rapid React year and we competed with 39 teams from around the New England area. CHAOS was in 4th place after the qualifying rounds of the tournament, going 9-3 in those matches. As the captain of Alliance 3 we selected FRC Team 4909 The Bionics from Billerica, MA and FRC Team 6690 MV RoboPride from Concord, NH. We had a strong showing in the playoff, breezing through the quarterfinals and into the semifinals. Our alliance put up a hard fought couple of matches in the semis but were unable to outscore the opposing alliance.


At this event we were chosen out of 39 teams to be awarded the Industrial Design award that is sponsored by GM. The Industrial Design award is awarded to teams that can describe how their team's robot is designed. The robot worthy of recognition must show a detailed description of how it was designed, manufactured, and assembled. Also the robot has to be able to be distinguished by others from its aesthetic and functional design. This was our first time winning this award and we are happy to be able to receive it.


This year's game is called Rapid React for more information about this game check out this video. CHAOS will also be attending the Pease ANG District Event in a couple of weeks, as we continue our bid for a District Championship appearance in April.




Governors Cup @ Battle Of The Bay

November 6, 2021

On November 6th CHAOS competed at the Governor's Cup off-season event, hosted by Battle of the Bay. Governor's Cup is a state championship-like event where the attending New Hampshire teams compete to earn scholarships. Thirty-four New England teams competed in this year's event, held at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH.


CHAOS, fresh off of a win at the previous week's River Rage off-season, came ready to compete. CHAOS finished the qualifying round with a record of 3-2, placing us in 7th place moving into alliance selections. CHAOS was swiftly picked up, accepting an invitation from the 2nd seeded alliance captain, FRC Team 4041 The Iron Tigers from Gardiner, Maine. The Iron Tigers and CHAOS then selected FRC Team 4546 Shockwave from Dover, New Hampshire to round out the playoff alliance.


Our alliance lost its 1st quarter-final match 108 - 189 before making a comeback to win the 2nd match 101 - 76. After a hard-fought tiebreaker match, our alliance was unable to secure a trip to the semi-final round.


This competition was the last off-season of 2021. Thank you to our alliance partners and congratulations to the event winners! Finally a big thank you to everyone who helped make the Governor's Cup at Battle of the Bay possible.Traditionally, Battle of the Bay is a separate off-season event organized and run by PMHS FIRST Robotics Team 319: Big Bad Bob. This year due to unforeseen circumstances the Governor's Cup lost its venue. Big Bad Bob graciously stepped up to host the Governor's Cup event to ensure its success. Thank you Big Bad Bob!

Fall Training 2021

November 4, 2021

As the team approaches the build season, many students have decided what sub-team they would like to participate in within the team. Each sub-team has jumped straight into work with hands-on projects. Here’s what projects CHAOS has been working on:

Programming

  • The programming team has been working on the 2021 robot and “Cereal Box” monster. They have also been preparing for the Governor’s Cup while working on debugging code on the robot, fine tuning auto and training drivers before the competitions.

Business

  • The business team has been using real-world skills to help operate the team's marketing, fundraising, and community outreach.

  • They have also been working on finishing the website.

Mechanical

  • The Mechanical sub-team is working on the battery cart and learning how to use a lathe, mill, band saw, and drill press.

  • They're also learning how to measure things precisely.

Electrical

  • The electrical team is beginning to work on wiring for the battery cart

River Rage 24

October 30, 2021

On October 30th, 2021 our team 131 CHAOS along with a couple other Manchester robotics teams, 238 Crusaders and 501 Power Knights, ran River Rage our annual off-season event. At this event 23 teams attended, traveling from all over New England to participate. Along with our fellow hosts, we were able to put together this year’s game field with the help of volunteers from all three teams. This was the 24th year of River Rage held in Manchester, NH which benefits our district’s school robotics organizations. Hosting this competition is a great way to bring together the local FIRST teams, introducing new students to the FIRST experience.

CHAOS also participated in this event. Beginning with the qualifying rounds we finished with a record of 3-3, ranked 10th out of the 23 teams. Then the teams with the highest ranks got to choose others to be in their alliance. 131 CHAOS was chosen by the first seed, 5813 Morpheus, 238 Crusaders, and 6763 FUSION. This winning alliance breezed through the round robin matches, making us the alliance to beat in the finals. Watching this alliance compete with their strong power cell shooters and unmatched triple robot hangs sent us climbing to the top. Our alliance won both final matches resulting in our first Power Up win! On November 6, 2021 we will be competing in Alton, NH for the 2021 Governor’s Cup.

Thunder Over New Hampshire

September 12, 2021

Thunder Over NH is an air show that families attend to watch planes fly. Military members, families, various FIRST Teams (approximately a dozen teams) and CHAOS members all attended this air show. CHAOS performed numerous scrimmages to promote FIRST Robotics at this event, whilst working with military soldiers to drive a robot. The event took place at the Pease Air force base in Portsmouth NH on September 11th and 12th.There was a wide variety of aircraft and some on ground displays for people to observe. The event also incorporated many activities for families to participate in and other amenities.