Wheatley Cybercats Reach the Semifinals of the FIRST Robotics Competition!

After months of careful preparation, Wheatley’s Cybercats Robotics team competed in the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition held at Hofstra University. Each year, the competition requires that teams design a robot that is able to fulfill certain tasks. In the past, such tasks have included shooting balls through hoops, managing recycling bins, supporting a steam engine and throwing a frisbee through a target.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the tenth consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event. There are even a number of international teams. The Cybercats earned a spot in the semifinals for the second consecutive year!

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students were required to design a robot that would load supplies and secure hatch panels on a cargo ship in deep space. You can view the competition video here:

These tasks necessitated design elements, production elements and programming expertise. The Cybercats team was expertly supported by Patrick Hurley and Joseph Fina.

Congratulations to the students who worked tirelessly in order to prepare for the competition!

  • Khaliq Ahmed
  • Zachary Azevedo
  • William Cafarelli
  • Patrick Barrera
  • Grace Ducroiset
  • Ainsley Forest
  • Shawn Khillan
  • Teddy Koutsoftas
  • James Marini
  • Rayhan Meghi
  • Ari Mizhiritsky
  • Steven Popovitz
  • Kylie Ramalhete
  • Jaiden Riezgo
  • Ohm Sha
  • Mathew Temkin
  • Japesh Shah
  • Danyal Zulfiqar

 

 

 

Wheatley Cybercats have a Breakout Week!

April 9th was the start of what proved to be a breakout week for Wheatley’s Robotics Team, the Cybercats. The week consisted of two different competitions—both held at Hofstra University and both part of the FIRST Robotics series.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the ninth consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event.

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students are required to design a robot that would work with other teams in tasks reminiscent of a popular video game. You can view the sample video here:

 

It was an outstanding week, with the Cybercats performing exceptionally well at both competitions. Of course, the team had high expectations coming off their Half Hallow Hills robotics finals appearance this past year. It has been an extraordinarily prosperous season, as the Cybercats gained the mentorship and partnership of Orics Industries, owned by Ori Cohen a mechanical engineering and volunteer mentor.

The Cybercats, led by seniors Elan Mizhiritski and Abhishek Kumer, helped direct the design, fabrication and coding of this year’s impressive robot. With the help of volunteer mentor, Jonathan Goodman (Class of 2016) and Omri Cohen (Class of 2011), Wheatley earned its first major tournament award, taking home the General Motors Industrial Design Award. This award is given to a team that Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. The guidelines are as follows:

The design is elegant and efficient (simple/executable) and practical. The entire machine reflects a system design approach, i.e., the overall machine design addresses the many functional systems that must operate together.Designing the machine contributes to the team’s success in FIRST – not just in performance on the field of competition.Reliability and maintainability are considered in design. For example, it is capable of withstanding the rigors of the contest and servicing is easy.The entire machine design, or the detailed process used to develop the design, is worthy of this recognition, and not just a single component.

In addition to such a prestigious recognition, The Wheatley Cybercats earned their first regional semi-finals appearance, just missing the Worlds Games qualifications by 1 match. This has been an incredible season for the team, as we continue to grow and promote STEM in the community.

Thank you to the Cybercats advisor, Patrick Hurley, for his incredible energies and support throughout the season. Thanks as well to Joe Fina, who helped with many aspects of the design! Thanks as well to Patrick Hurley for help with the write-up of the week!

Wheatley Cybercats are Finalist in their First Competition of the Year!

On Saturday, November 18th, the Wheatley Cybercats competed in the 6th annual Half Hollow Hills FRC Invitational. One of the purposes of this early competition is to give robotics teams across the region an opportunity to experience the demands of a competition before heading into the Spring season competitions.

In the spirit of the off-season invitational, many younger team members got the chance to be a driver, pilot, or gear feeder— all of which are very high-stress positions.

The Cybercats were able to make it all the way to the finals matches, winning 4 matches during the single elimination games, and losing the best of three finals matches by a close margin.

This is the second year in a row that the Cybercats were finalists at the HHH Invitational. This is also the second year that the Cybercats competed at the HHH Invitational, meaning that they have a 100% finalist rate!

As Steamworks comes to a close, we begin to prepare for FRC PowerUp and for our competitions in April!

Led by coaches Patrick Hurley, Joseph Fina and John Goodman (Class of 2016), the Cybercats who participated in the invitational event included:

  • Zachary Azevedo
  • William Cafarelli
  • Eric Chu
  • Nadav Cohen
  • Michael Cornachia
  • Joe Feimer
  • Jonathan Friedrich
  • Jamie Horowitz
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • James Marini
  • Elan Mizhiritsky
  • Justin Parker
  • Steven Popovitz
  • Natalie Scudero
  • Neil Shah
  • Arham Sheraz
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Danyal Zulfiqar

Thank you to Cybercats team member Elan Mizhiritzy for the write-up and collection of photos!

The Robotics Video You Need to See!

Last week, the Wheatley CyberCats competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University. Although the blog post of that competition included all sorts of photos, there was one important thing missing—a video of the robot in action!

Thanks to the fine work of CyberCat member Adam Rosenzweig (Class of 2018), we now have a terrific video compilation of the season! (Look for robot #2872 with the red bumpers!)

Enjoy!

 

 

Wheatley CyberCats Compete in 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

After months of careful preparation, Wheatley’s Cybercats Robotics team competed in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition held at Hofstra University. Each year, the competition requires that teams design a robot that is able to fulfill certain tasks. In the past, such tasks have included shooting balls through hoops, managing recycling bins and throwing a frisbee through a target.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the eighth consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event.

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students were required to design a robot that would work with other teams in tasks reminiscent of the steam-powered machines of the industrial era. You can view the competition video here:

These tasks necessitated design elements, production elements and programming expertise. The Cybercats team was supported by Patrick Hurley and Joseph Fina.

Congratulations to the students who worked tirelessly in order to prepare for the competition!

Wheatley Cybercats are Finalists in Robotics Competition!

Our Robotics Team, the Wheatley Cybercats, competed recently in an invitational meet, winding up as finalists! Thanks to members Sufia Ainechi and Elan Mizhiritsky, I am able to share some photos and a writeup of the event!

On Saturday, November 19, the Wheatley Cybercats placed as finalists in an FRC Stronghold Invitational at Half Hollow Hills. After a somewhat slow start, the Cybercats gave their best performance when it mattered the most! With a strong drive team, and a new makeshift defense mechanism added to the robot, the Cybercats were able to fly through the Quarterfinals and Semifinals, winning each best 2 out of 3 round. Entering the finals, the Cybercats were stacked against the odds, yet managed to win the first game in a tie break. The competition ended when the Cybercas lost in the finals, 2-1 — each match being nail-bitingly close.

Although the Cybercats weren’t able to take home the first place trophy, they still earned the value of competition experience, inter-team relationships, and intrinsic confidence boost to compete well later this year in the unannounced 2017 FRC Regional competition at Hofstra.

 Thanks to Elan and Sufia for these photos and videos!

Wheatley Cybercats Compete in FIRST Robotics Competition!

After months of careful preparation, Wheatley’s Cybercats Robotics team competed in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition held at Hofstra University. Each year, the competition requires that teams design a robot that is able to fulfill certain tasks. In the past, such tasks have included shooting balls through hoops, managing recycling bins and throwing a frisbee through a target.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the seventh consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event.

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students were required to design a robot that would work with two other teams in order to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots were also expected to scale the opposing tower to earn bonus points.

These tasks necessitated design elements, production elements and programming expertise. The Cybercats team was supported by Patrick Hurley and Joseph Fina.

Congratulations to the students who worked tirelessly in order to prepare for the competition!