Founded in 2015 - 2016
The student leadership team was led by Team Captain Aiden Davey (junior). Key mentors included John Durham, David Maciupa, Joe Neyhart, and Norb Schertzer. The WCHS Advisers were Michael Neal (Engineering), Ms. McGuff (Marketing), and Mrs. Reynolds (Marketing).
Our only competition this season was the Greater Pittsburgh Regional. The Miami Valley Regional was not held this year.
We were very proud of our robot this season, especially the two telescoping climbing arms that were used to consistently score points during the endgame. The telescoping arms, as well as the mechanism that moved our main intake, represented significant increases in the engineering quality of our robot compared to previous seasons.
After our competition, we built our first ever swerve drive chassis. We used Swerve Drive Specialities MK4 modules with NEO motors, a Pigeon 2.0 IMU, and CANCoders (encoders) on all modules.
Pirate Robotics at the 2022 Greater Pittsburgh Regional
Our sixth season was rather non-traditional due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All in-person competitions were canceled by FIRST, and school policies limited in-person gatherings.
Fortunately, this was the inaugural year of a new elective course, Robotics Engineering.
A small group of students who participated in this class built numerous prototypes, pushing our team to accomplish more difficult tasks that we typically don't have time to attempt in a normal season. It was a year of incredible growth.
The student leadership team was led by Team Captain Ryan Brown (senior, class of 2020), Head of Engineering Chase Adams (junior, class of 2021), Head of Marketing Zoe Bowman (junior, class of 2021), and Head of Scouting and Program Management Ashton Davey (junior, class of 2021).
The drive team consisted of Driver Layton Schroyer (senior, class of 2020), Operator Mason Lyons (senior, class of 2020), Drive Coach Chase Adams (junior, class of 2021), Human Player Zach Fourman (junior, class of 2020), and Technician Ryan Brown (junior, class of 2020).
Key Mentors included Bruce Fourman (ESI Electrical Contractors), John Hinch (Norwood Medical), and Joe Neyhart (SAS Automation). The WCHS advisers were Mr. Neal (Engineering), Mrs. McGuff (Marketing), and Mrs. Reynolds (Marketing).
Our first competition was the Miami Valley Regional, where we finished the qualification round with a record of 5-4 in 25th place. We did not make the playoffs, but we were proud of our ability to consistently climb. Here are some highlights from MVR:
- Friday (Qualification Round Day 1) was incredible - we finished the day with a record of 5-1 in 9th place out of 60 teams!
- Saturday was less fortunate, as we finished the tournament with an overall record of 5 - 4 in 25th place. Unfortunately we did not make the playoffs.
- Teams noticed our 3-ball autonomous program, skilled driving, and ability to climb. We learned that our robot can hang even if we are the only robot on the low side of the switch. In many of our matches, we were the only robot to successfully climb!
- Although we didn't get picked for the playoffs, numerous teams visited our pit to learn about our double power-cell intake and climbing mechanism.
- Judges visited our pit at least three times, impressed by our unique power-cell delivery system and our long list of marketing team initiatives.
- Most importantly, our team showed gracious professionalism all weekend long. Teamwork, collaboration, and positivity are at the core of all FIRST events. Our team members represented West Carrollton with pride.
Although we were registered for the Greater Pittsburgh Regional, the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short.
The student leadership team was led by Team Captain Ryan Brown (junior, class of 2020), Head of Engineering Chase Adams (sophomore, class of 2021), Head of Marketing Zoe Bowman (sophomore, class of 2021), and Head of Scouting and Program Management Ashton Davey (sophomore, class of 2021).
The drive team consisted of Driver Layton Schroyer (junior, class of 2020), Operator Mason Jones (junior, class of 2020), Drive Coach Jake Pierce (sophomore, class of 2021), Human Player Zach Fourman (junior, class of 2020), and Technician Ryan Brown (junior, class of 2020).
Key Mentors included Bruce Fourman (ESI Electrical Contractors), Jake Townsend (Dayton Progress), and Lt. Michael Rynders (US Air Force). The WCHS faculty advisers were Mr. Neal (Engineering), Mrs. McGuff (Marketing), and Mrs. Reynolds (Marketing).
Our first competition was the Miami Valley Regional, where we finished the qualification round with a record of 8-1 and an overall ranking of 5th place. This was the first time we entered the playoff alliance selection ranked in the top 8. We were the third overall pick in alliance selections, chosen by team 4028 The Beak Squad. We flew through the playoffs undefeated until the finals, where we won the first match but lost the last two. Our overall record was 13-3 and we were recognized as Regional Finalists. We won a Wildcard as the top pick of the “runner up” alliance, which gave us entry to the FIRST Championships in Detroit.
Our second competition was the Greater Pittsburgh Regional, where we finished qualifications with a winning record of 6-4, ranked 15th overall. We were the 10th overall pick in alliance selections, chosen by team 4027 Centre County 4H Robotics (the 2018 World Champions in Detroit). We were eliminated in the quarterfinals by an alliance led by team 48, who went on to win the competition.
At every regional competition, our goal is to make the playoffs. It’s truly an honor to invited to join another team on their playoff alliance, and this is the second year in a row we have accomplished that goal!
Finally, we traveled to the FIRST Championships for the third time in four years. We competed in the Archimedes division and finished with a rank of 30 and a winning record of 6-4. We did not make the playoffs, but we were proud of our best-ever performance at Worlds.
The third season of Pirate Robotics was advised by Mr. Neal (Engineering) and Mrs. McGuff (Marketing).
The student leadership team was led by CEO Hannah Nibert (junior, class of 2019), VP of Engineering Colton Burchett (sophomore, class of 2020), and VP of Marketing Mason Jones (sophomore, class of 2020).
Mentors for this season included Alex Berger (Wright Paterson AFB), Alex Burchett (student at Sinclair and alumnus of Pirate Robotics), Colin Pierce (GE Aviation), Bob Smithson (United Technologies), Sam Studebaker (student at Wright State University), Jake Townsend (Dayton Progress).
This season, Pirate Robotics focused on being the best support robot instead of attempting to do everything. After analyzing the game and considering our team’s experience and resources, Pirate Robotics saw an opportunity to build a valuable support robot that could fill the vault and protect our side’s switch. We did not worry about climbing or putting cubes on the scale.
At the Miami Valley Regional, Pirate Robotics finished the qualification round in 45th place overall, but 2nd place in total vault points. This drew the attention of scouters, and 6032 was chosen as the 7th overall pick in alliance selection. We were the first “support bot” to be picked. Our alliance was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
At the Greater Pittsburgh Regional, Pirate Robotics finished the qualification round in 35th place, and 2nd place in total vault points. Once again, scouters recognized 6032 as an effective support bot. We were chosen by team 303 to join their 2nd seed alliance in alliance selection. Our alliance won the regional, earning Pirate Robotics their first blue banner!
Winning the Greater Pittsburgh Regional gave Pirate Robotics a bid to the 2018 World Championships in Detroit. 6032 competed in the Curie division, where they finished in 3rd place for total vault points. The Pirates were proud of how well they executed their strategy of filling the vault while protecting the switch. It was an incredible experience to compete against so many fantastic teams at such a high level, and the Pirates can’t wait to earn another trip to the Championships!
Pirate Robotics began their second season with great enthusiasm from many new team members. The team more than doubled in size, and a new student-leadership system was established. Pirate Robotics was led by CEO Deidra Mullins (senior, class of 2017), VP of Engineering Bradley Sears (junior, class of 2018), VP of Marketing Sydney Green (senior, class of 2017), and VP of Program Management Tyler Frost (senior, class of 2017).
Key mentors included Mr. Jake Townsend from Dayton Progress, Alex Burchett (student at Sinclair and alumnus of the Pirate Robotics program), Colin Pierce from GE Aviation, and Cody Marshall.
Pirate Robotics also moved their operations into a new permanent workspace which was formerly a maintenance and storage room in the High School.
The team competed in two regional competitions – the Miami Valley Regional at Wittenberg University and the Buckeye Regional on the campus of Cleveland State University.
Pirate Robotics finished the Miami Valley Regional in 43rd place and a record of 3-8. Pirate Robotics was honored to win the Team Spirit Award at the Miami Valley Regional.
At the Buckeye Regional, Pirate Robotics finished in 41st place with an official record of 4-5.
Pirate Robotics #6032 was founded in 2015-16 by staff and students of West Carrollton High School. The following students were part of the “rookie” team:
- Chase Bartram (Class of 2016)
- Anthony Briner (Class of 2016)
- Alex Burchett (Class of 2016)
- Brian Dinh (Class of 2016)
- Austin Kinton (Class of 2016)
- Jake Shockley (Class of 2016)
- John Woodman (Class of 2016)
- Griffith York (Class of 2016)
- Sydney Green (Class of 2017)
- Dean Mason (Class of 2017)
- Deidra Mullins (Class of 2017)
- Kenny Bryslan (Class of 2018)
- Bradley Sears (Class of 2018)
- Lead Adviser: Mr. Michael Neal
- Assistant Adviser: Mr. Michael Scott
Pirate Robotics #6032 began their rookie year without a tool or location to build. Through the generous sponsorship of Dayton Progress, all of the tools were provided for the build season as well as support from mentors. DMax also provided a team of engineers as mentors that rotated in throughout our build season for our students in addition to financial sponsorship. The team borrowed a table from the industrial technology room and placed it in the scene shop behind the auditorium stage and established a temporary room for the build season. The goal of the first year was to design and build a robot that could be competitive in the one competition we anticipated attending, the Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition in Cleveland.
The Pirate Robotics #6032 team had an outstanding performance at their first robotics competition. After 9 qualifying matches they ranked #12 out of 58 teams and were the highest seeded rookie team. Going into the semifinal selection process they were chosen 4th in the first round draft. Only 24 teams made it to the semifinals and Pirate Robotics #6032 was the only rookie team to advance this far in the competition. Pirate Robotics #6032 won the Rookie All Star Award and the Highest Seeded Rookie Team award.
The Rookie All Star Award is the most distinguished award for a first year team. This award gave Pirate Robotics #6032 an automatic entry to compete at the FIRST® World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The team ranked in the top 15% of teams in the world going into the World Championships. Pirate Robotics #6032 competed well in the World Championships and were able to learn from the other teams there from over 35+ countries.