What Has Been Happening  

Pre-Season has come and gone for the Wired Wizards, and a lot happened. By team, programming has been working on our website to update information as well as leading courses to introduce new members to the world of programming. Build team has been updating our cart we use to carry the robot and built a battery carrier for maximum safety and as a fun project to immerse new members. Marketing went into full gear with promoting and fundraising in the offseason. We wowed crowds at Cucalorus and Riverfest but, unfortunately, had to push back Riverfest to the Spring due to scheduling conflicts. In other sad news, our amazing coach, Ben Barbour, moved to Charlotte. We will miss him and wish him the best of luck, but now welcome Greg Davis to the position of coach. And now, a whole new challenge has come: FIRST Power Up.


Saturday, January 6th, we had our 2018 Kickoff. Due to inclement weather, we were unfortunately inclosed to our respective homes instead of our usual location of the CIE, but we were able to keep the hype alive through slack conversations the whole way through. This years game, FIRST Power Up, features a switch and a scale, in which yellow blocks can be placed on to give one team an advantage in order to gain points depending on how long the side is controlled. However, power-ups such as Force, Levitate, and Boost can be used to gain more points or give advantages. At the end, much like in years past, robots can climb for more points. For a more in-depth description, see the video link at the bottom of the page. From there, we worked on the basics: strategy, prototyping, and building obstacles. This year, strategy is especially critical because of the balance of points and strategic advantages of using power-ups. We are now entering the design phase in which students can submit designs for consideration by the design team, so by the end of the week, we can have a rough concept of this year’s robot.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/HZbdwYiCY74 

As always, thank you for your continuing support of the Wired Wizards and Port City Robotics. We hope to keep you continually informed on our goings on and cannot wait for you to share this season with you. In the meantime, the Wired Wizards wish you a Happy New Year and hope you stay Powered Up this winter season!