We're team 38211A, a VEX Robotics Competition team based in Centereach High School. Formed in the winter of 2016-2017, we have since grown over the past few years to become a large, friendly team whose mission is to share our love of engineering. Every year, our team strives to keep raising the bar for ourselves, to build better robots.
Starstruck was our first year as a team in VRC. This year was a big learning year for us, as we didn't have a lot of parts due to being a new team. Our team ended up building a modified claw-bot kit. This didn't really work out for us, added on top that we were only able to attend one competition, this year wasn't a great showing.
Into the Zone was also a learning year for the CouGears. After a prior year of experience and more materials, we were able to attempt building a more ambitious robot. For this year we decided to go for a six bar lift with a claw intake. This design proved to be effective, but it had flaws. This design was slow at grabbing cones and mobile goals. The CouGears managed to pick up a tournament finalist trophy before the end of the season.
Turning Point for us was a season of ups and downs. To begin the season we decided to try to build a design that was very different from other designs at the time. We deemed it the "kicker". This design proved to not be good enough for us, so we decided to change to a design called a "linear puncher." Using this design, we managed to get a skills score high enough for a VEX Worlds qualification. At worlds, the CouGears went 7-4 and made it to the elimination rounds. This season was a payoff for all the experience gained in the prior two years.
Tower Takeover is the current season of VRC. Currently, the CouGears have had a solid start to the season. For this season we decided to go with a design deemed the "Tray Bot." At the first competition this season, we went 6-2 and made it to the semi-finals. After this, we attended 2 more competitions, picking up a design award which qualified us for states and an innovate award. In our 6th competition we won tournament champion and skills champion and ranked first. In our 7th compeition we won tournament champion. At states we were semi-finalists and qualified for worlds.
The CouGears like to help out the robotics community. Some examples of this are the CouGears lending our field out to nearby competitions so there will be a reasonable amount of fields. The CouGears also volunteer at competitions that may be understaffed, as to make sure the competition runs smoothly. The CouGears also participate at STEAM night to demonstrate robotics to younger children to inspire them and education them about the field of robotics.