Over Halloween weekend, Lower Merion High School's robotics team (also known as Dawgma1712) took home top honors at Ramp Riot - an annual offseason event hosted by Wissahickon High School where upwards of three dozen teams representing multiple states come together to put their engineering acumen to the test in an arena-style competition.
At Ramp Riot, teams compete in the Infinite Recharge Game, where two Alliances (red & blue) work to protect their city from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. At the start of each match, there is a 15-second Autonomous Period where the red and blue droids must follow pre-programmed instructions with no operator control.
Each Alliance, along with their trusty droids (the robots), race to collect and score Power Cells (small yellow foam balls) in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate Stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to operationalize their Shield Generator in order to protect the city!
Throughout the match, Alliances score points by:
- Scoring Power Cells in the Power Port
- Moving from the Initiation Line In the final two minutes and 15 seconds of the match as drivers take control of the droids.
- Completing Rotation Control
- Completing Position Control
- Hanging from the Generator Switch
- Getting the Generator Switch to the level position
The Alliance with the highest score at the end of the match wins. The last part of the match (numbers 5 & 6 above) is no easy task. Teams must operate their droids to extend an "arm" up to reach what looks like a coat-hanger that pivots in the middle and balances only when two (or three) robots all do a "chin-up" elevating the robot clear of the ground.
While Ramp Riot may be a highly competitive event, it is much more than just a robotics competition. Attending teams use Ramp Riot to introduce rookie members to the FIRST® atmosphere and gear up for the coming season. Ramp Riot has also hosted helpful seminars and information sessions for teams to share what they know and learn from each other. Community members find plenty of fun between matches with face painting, live local radio stations (with prizes!), robot driving zones and even a guest appearance from the Philly Phanatic!
Participating Dawgma1712 Team Members
|Simon Roling||Sam Auerbach|
|Macy Donahoe||Griffin Turner|
|David Liu||Katie Fang|
|Ryan Schaeffer||Megan Murray|
|Nicholas Stoios||Michael Aizenberg|
|Annie Wang||Connor Marsh|
|Andy Morocho-Sicha||Alan Chen|
|Miranda Mollick||Eli Dresnin|
|Aaron Lin||Jamie Oswald|
|Oliver Nickerson||Mark Hoang|
Dawmga1712 Supporting Team via Livestream Over the Course of the Weekend
|Eli Dresnin||Connor Marsh|
|Annie Wang||Geon Park|
|Ryan Schaeffer||Kevin Wu|
|Alan Chen||Jamie Oswald|
|Aiden Chinwalla||Miranda Mollick|
|Becker Joseph||Aaron Lin|
|Aarav Gupta||Hayden Basch|
|Matthew Walters||Alan Morris|
Head Mentor: Sean Lavery
Mentor 1: Gene Guay
Mentor 2: Mery Elder