From Aug. 17 to 19, 2018, the Pink Titans competed with 18 other Ontario FRC teams at the Inaugural Robots@CNE off-season event at the Enercare Centre, located on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Ontario. The Pink Titans and other FRC teams reached out to attendees, among the 30,000 daily visitors to the CNE, who visited the Pits and watched 85+ FRC matches over three days! It was also really great to see and hear from Libby Kamen Drost, one of the emcees - personality on Twitch and FIRST Updates Now, plus FIRST mentor of FRC 1923 - MidKnight Inventors and Robotics Advisor in West-Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey, USA.
For members of the Pink Titans, participation at Robots@CNE was a great experience. The robot, named Pinkie Pie, was able to score on the scale, as demonstrated in the past, in earlier matches. Unfortunately, the front in-take wheels become badly damaged during the competition. As a result, the robot's ability to in-take power cubes decreased. Without replacement in-take wheels, the team was able to utilize duct tape and surgical tubing(!) to repair the wheels with enough friction to resume in-taking power cubes for the final few matches.
The event helped to introduced two new student members to the team. Cole Cyr, the Drive Coach of FRC 4946 - Alpha Dogs, was the Drive Coach on Aug. 17, helping the new drive team. As well, two new mentors were introduced to their first FRC event. Additionally, two FRC mentors participated for the first time as members of the Pink Titans at Robots@CNE. Asha of FRC 865 - WARP7 helped out in a huge was on the last day by driving the robot.
The team finished the event with in 17th place with a record of 5 and 17. The team was grateful to be the third pick as part of Alliance Four with Captain FRC 1310 - Runnymede Robotics, 4618 - Newman Robotics, and 4039 - MakeShift Robotics. The alliance lost in the semi-finals to the eventual finalists, Alliance One.
Thank you hosts FRC 1334 - Red Devils and 1374 - Amped Up! and FIRST Robotics Canada for the great opportunity!