The Robots
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April 22, 2014
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side view of our robot
This is our 2011-2012
robot, the
TA11-M0CHA.  It just fits
within the 18-inch sizing
box required at FTC
It is made out of TETRIX
components as well as
many custom-cut parts of
aluminum and plastic.  It
also features a holonomic
Here is the back view of
our robot.  We used tank
treads to create a
racquetball harvester.  The
treads carry a ball up to the
top of the bot and release it
into a plastic chute.  The
chute can then be tipped to
release collected balls into
a basket.
This is the front of the
gripper assembly resting in
its lowest position.  It is
retracted into the robot in
this photo.  This is how we
keep it within the 18-inch
This is the front of the
maximum dimension
requirement.  The gripper
requirement.  The gripper
can be deployed outwards
to grab and stack crates.
Please allow time
for the video to the
left to load.
It shows our robot
autonomous mode.
The robot did very
well in autonomous
at our last qualifier
and at State.
We are very proud of our robots here at Cafe Bot!  We had a
real journey with our robot for the 2013-2014 "Block Party"
season.  Our first robot was really cool, with a robust,
award-winning design, but it didn't play the game well.  So, we
decided to shoot for the moon, learn from our mistakes and
build a totally new robot halfway through our season!  We called
our aggressive robot redesign and rebuild effort "Ri5D:  Robot
in 5 Days!"
 You can read more about this adventure in
engineering on our team blog:

Ri5D has turned out to be a HUGE success!  Our
second robot,
Fluttershy, work
ed beautifully and was undefeated in all of our
at the UMKC qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri on
February 1, 2014!  
Fluttershy was only designed to last through
the State Championship, so the team decided to build a THIRD
robot for the North Super-Regional, and this robot, Rainbow
Dash, is now taking us onward and upward to the 2014 FTC
here for a link to the
spectator schedule at the World Championship...we would love
to see you there!!  
Robot #2, Fluttershy
Robot #1, Iron Will
the way to the 2012-2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS last
season!  This photo was taken right after the Missouri State
Championship...he had quite the overhaul before Worlds!
Robot #3, Rainbow Dash