From March 17 to 19, 2023, the Pink Titans competed at the Ontario District Humber College Event, at the Fitness Centre of the Humber College - North Campus in Toronto. The event was the second for the team. Like at the Newmarket event two weeks prior, the robot was able to pick up cubes and cones off the floor. Since then, the robot had an improved elevator with the capability of scoring cones on the higher upper nodes. Thus, the robot scored cones and cubes on all the nodes. With the improved elevator, the robot was able to received cones and cubes from the single substation.
For the second time in the 2023 FRC season, the Pink Titans were selected by an alliance captain to compete in the elimination rounds. The Pink Titans were the first pick of FRC 5031 - Full Metal Mustangs on the seventh alliance. (The second pick was FRC 8729 - Sparkling H2O.) The alliance lost in the first round in the double-elimination playoffs. As a result, the alliance was sent to the lower bracket. However, the alliance won rounds two and three, with much thanks to the scoring of the Pink Titans. By advancing to the fourth playoff round, the Pink Titans was most successful in 2023 at the Ont. Distr. Humber College event. At the event, the Pink Titans also earned the Autonomous Award, sponsored by Ford.
Pink Titans mentor girls on coding, building robotics, and wellness at Joseph Brant Public School; in acknowledgement of the United Nations' International Women's Day
On March 8, 2023, the Pink Titans mentored girls in grades 5 and 6 on coding, building mBots, and empowerment at Joseph Brant Public School. The girls built mBots with screwdrivers and wrenches. The girls then used a Scratch-based platform to code the mBot to move in a variety of directions by the keyboard and emit sounds. March 8 was the United Nations' International Women's Day. In acknowledgement of this day, the Pink Titans led a workshop with the younger girls, who drew scientists, then reflected on the representation of scientists in the media. Thanks Principal Trialonis, Vice-Principal Ensor, and Ms. Kerpel for the opportunity!
From March 3 to 5, 2023, the Pink Titans competed at the inaugural Ontario District Newmarket Event, at the Ray Twinney Complex Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. This event was the first official FRC event of the Pink Titans after the COVID-19 pandemic. A cascading elevator was constructed with an intake mechanism to score in the lower and upper nodes. However, picking up the cones was inconsistent. Thus, the robot stayed with the strategy of pick up cubes and cones off the floor, then scoring in the lower node.
For the first time in the 2023 FRC season, the Pink Titans were selected by an alliance captain to compete in the elimination rounds. The Pink Titans were the second pick of FRC 4476 - W.A.F.F.L.E.S. on the fourth alliance. (The first pick was FRC 5409 - Chargers.) The alliance lost in the first round and second round in the double-elimination playoffs. However, the team was excited to return to live action in the FRC.
From January 9 to April 5, 2023, the Pink Titans designed, constructed, and programmed their 2023 FRC robot. The team, along with all other FRC teams around the world, received the game rules for the 2023 CHARGED UP season on Saturday, January 7. On the first Monday, the team met and brainstormed ways for the robot to score maximally in the game. Asad, Muji, and Aaditya, alumni of the Pink Titans, led the discussions. The decision was made to build a robot with horizontal wheel intake to pick up cones and cubes, as well as a cascading elevator to raise the game pieces to the upper nodes to score maximally. (The team had prior seasonal experience in building both intakes with wheels and a cascading elevator.)
Over the next few weeks, the team designed the robot using computed-aided design (CAD), cut metal parts, and ordered new control components. For the first time in the team's history, the Pink Titans decided to build a robot with a swerve drivetrain. Once it was build, students practiced driving the swerve drivetrain to become efficient at controlling it. Also for the first time in the team's history, parts of the robot were cut using a computer numerical controlled (CNC) router. These parts were produced at local manufacturing facilities and the school of FRC 4946 - Alpha Dogs. Most of the students were brand new to the FRC experience, so many different students were involved in the building of the chassis, wiring the electrical components, prototyping the intake, assembling it, as well as assembling the cascading elevator.
After the first event at Newmarket, the team decided to reiterate the design of the intake to secure the cube and cone more completely. As well, the placement of the intake was moved to a different part of the cascading elevator. These constructs were made over several weeks in preparation for the Humber College and Ontario District Championship events.
Thanks so to the mentors who helped during the build season: Asad, Muji, Aaditya, Frankie, Vice-Principal Lee, Mr. Lachance, Jordain, Noeen (from FRC 7558 - ALT-F4), and Cole (from FRC 4946). Thanks so much as well to FRC 1325 - Inverse Paradox and FRC 4946 for allowing the team to utilize the practice fields.