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MAR Rank10
Drive Team Christian Gavalchin, Jim Harris, Parth Mandrekar, Arnav Vast

Hatboro-Horsham District Winner

Hatboro-Horsham District Excellence in Engineering Award

Festival de Robotique - Montreal Regional Winner

Festival de Robotique - Montreal Regional Excellence in Engineering Award

North Brunswick District Winner

North Brunswick District Entrepreneurship Award

FIRST World Championship - Hopper Division Entrepreneurship Award

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Electrified by our Einstein field appearance at the 2014 World Championship in St. Louis, the team is back and ready to compete with Calypso for the 2015 challenge, “Recycle Rush”.  

Early in the build season, the team took advantage of our 2011 competition robot, “The Beach Cruiser”, and used its elevator to test intake prototypes. This prototype included an indexer that can flex out, grab totes of both long and wide orientations.  Providing the best results during testing, “The Beach Cruiser”’s intake prototype was selected to become the prominent element of Calypso.

Due to the importance of stacking and maneuvering in “Recycle Rush”, Calypso is strategically designed to be a  lifting mechanism featuring an agile drivetrain. Additionally, with an open frame design, Calypso  maintains a safe center of gravity as it makes tote stacks of varying heights. Calypso is capable creating a 6 tote stack topped with a recycling can in approximately 30 seconds.

Written by : Jolia Thadal

The Challenge

Reycle Rush

RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.

Each match begins with a 15-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of their drivers. During this period, robots attempt to earn points by moving themselves, their yellow totes, and their recycling containers into the area between the scoring platforms, called the Auto Zone.

During the remaining two minutes and 15 seconds of the match, called the Teleop Period, robots are controlled remotely by student drivers located behind the walls at the ends of the field. Teams on an Alliance work together to place as many totes on their white scoring platforms as possible. Alliances earn additional points for recycling containers placed on the scored totes, with containers at greater height earning more points.