Ratchet Rocker Robotics, Inc. (Ratchet Rockers) Team 1706, is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the Wentzville Holt and Timberland High School FIRST Robotics Team 1706. Members of the team attend both Holt and Timberland High Schools in the Wentzville School District located in Wentzville, Missouri. Ratchet Rockers helps to build character and confidence in its high school students through robot design, construction, competition, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, communications, and business applications. The 2012-2013 team is comprised of 45 high school students. The students are guided by 15 mentors from engineering, information technologies, business management, and marketing fields. Along with the support of our teacher sponsor, mentors and parents, we all work together to achieve common goals. The Ratchet Rockers have experienced success in past years and continue aiming for success in the future. The team continues to promote FIRST Robotics as well as encourage students to actively pursue science, technology, engineering, and math coursework both in high school and beyond.
2013 Ratchet Rockers
- Ratchet Rockers Welcome New Collaborative Sponsors
- Thanks to all of our mentors!
- The new Ultra-High Speed Drivetrain Concept
- Alpha-Strike finishes 2013 in top 2% of world!*
2013 Ultimate Ascent
“The 2013 season’s competition, Ultimate Ascent – The Climb to the Top, differentiates from any other that FIRST has presented before. Aside from having to accomplish scoring with Frisbees collected from the ground, the robot must also climb a steel pyramid-like structure. The challenge of climbing an obstacle is something that has not been seen in previous FIRST competitions. It essentially introduces a new dimension to robot movement on the playing field. Previously, robots maneuvered by driving around in two dimensions. Now they have the potential to go vertical. With robots increasing in capabilities, it becomes necessary to demonstrate that by adding increased expectations, or at least possibilities, into the competition. This addition to the challenge accomplishes that goal. Instead of keeping robot mobility throughout the field at its normal difficulty, the game creators decided to step it up. Now the robots have the option to travel vertically to score more points. This offers a greater degree of challenge to the students designing a robot that can score a large amount of points. The potential for high points tempts the creation of a climbing-capable robot. Although it promises to be difficult, you should expect to see many attempts from teams at summiting the pyramidal structure. This challenge also bumps up the required student capabilities. The effect this has on the students and even the mentors will be prominent. The level of effort this challenge requires will put particular strain on them to design something capable of scoring those valuable points, and attracting attention from alliances. This was most likely not what anyone was expecting in terms of challenges, and should spark some creativity. So the ideas that spawn from it should be interesting. A wide variety of approaches to climbing the tower should be expected. It will be exciting to see what teams come up with to complete this task.”
November 4, 2012
The Ratchet Rockers were pleased to host their 2nd Annual FLL Invitational Scramble at Holt High School on Sunday, Nov. 4th, 2012. Six local FLL teams attended: Brickhedz, Lego Gaga, Robotronix, LEGO by Chocolate, Lutheran Lego Lugnuts, and LegoBusters.
December 15, 2012
The Wentzville Robotics team can now turn ideas into reality with its new 3-D printer. The MakerBot Replicator 2 uses a 100-micron layer resolution and has a 410 cubic inch build volume to bring projects and designs to life. Producing objects with Natural PLA filament, the printer is fast, quiet, easy to use, and makes professional-quality models with a smooth texture, and with no need of sanding or adjustments. The team is now able to produce customized parts, ranging from containers and tools to functional pieces on the robot, like the pusher mechanism on the shooter. Being made out of Natural PLA filament, the durable plastic is able to retain its shape while being flexible during construction to fit the robots needs, and replacement is no hassle. With its light weight, less weight is added to the top of the robot, further improving its center of gravity. All of this is possible with the great support of the Wentzville R-IV School District, providing us the piece of machinery. The team plans to make use of the MakerBot in the upcoming season in competition against other teams in St. Louis, Terra-Haute, and possible Internationals.
March 14, 2013
The Ratchet Rockers just finished setting up their pit area for the St. Louis Regional. Prior to competition, teams are designated an area in the pit to work on their robot and be stationed. In these pits, team members make last minute adjustments and repairs as their robot is in-queue for a match. Although pits have a technical and mechanical importance, it is also a ground for teams to interact and exchange ideas. The Ratchet Rockers, for example, had presentations of their vision technology, which other teams were interested in learning. The team also collects buttons made by local and international teams and displays them on a banner in the pit, signifying the unity of all teams under the principles and foundations of FIRST. With the determination that FIRST provides in its competitions and the pit and robot ready for competition, the Wentzville Robotics Team is prepared for the St. Louis Regional.
May 25, 2013
With the end of the 2013 season, many achievements have been unlocked and the team’s hard work has been rewarded. After competing in the St. Louis Regional, the Terra Haute Regional, and the St. Louis Internationals, Alpha-Strike set numerous records in its competition days. Over the course of the season, the Ratchet Rockers accumulated many points in the games they competed. The scores earned, in return, account for the robot’s OPR, or Offensive Power Rating. This OPR is a measurement of how well and how many points a team can score. With a start and finish in St. Louis, the team’s rating landed them in the top 2% of 2,085 teams world-wide.
2013 Team Statistics
In 2013 the Ratchet Rockers had our 2nd highest winning percentage of 64.1% of our games being a win, we were finalists at the St. Louis Regional, Quarter-finalists at the Crossroads Regional, and moved on to be in the Curie Division at the World Championship.
Record: 25-14 (W-L)
Mean Score: 96
Standard Deviation: 39.4
St. Louis Regional Stats:
Record: 14-4 (W-L)
Mean Score: 81
Standard Deviation: 28.4
Crossroads Regional Stats:
Record: 7-6 (W-L)
Mean Score: 105
Standard Deviation: 30.1
Curie Division Stats:
Record: 4-4 (W-L)
Mean Score: 113
Standard Deviation: 62.2