Paradox Team Info
Team 2102 Paradox Robotics was founded in 2006. The pioneer team members attended their first competition in 2007, the San Diego Regional. Team paradox welcomes any and all students at San Dieguito Academy to become memebrs of the team. The team consists of nearly 75 students, 20 mentors, loads of parents, and hundreds of fans. Our arms are always open to new members, new mentors, new sponsors, and new fans!
2013 Team Photo
2013 Team Organization
For the 2013 season, Team Paradox decided to consolidate the Outreach and Marketing divisions into one branch, while leaving the Corporate and Build branches much as they were. Build is responsible for everything related to the robot that happens on the team. From machining to competition, creating, operating, and maintaining the robot falls under the jurisdiction of the Build branch. Corporate manages calendars and other organizational tools, as well as handling the writing of grant and award applications. This division is also in charge of the team's money, a very important job. The new Marketing branch is charge of maintaining the image of Team Paradox, both within FIRST, as the old Marketing branch was, and within our community as a whole, the responsibility of the old Outreach branch. Marketing organizes the production T-shirts and other merchandise, Paradox participation in school-wide events, and participation in larger events impacting all of Encinitas, such as beach cleanups and street fairs.
A history of this team could be told many ways. For some it would be a matter of dates, names, the registration with FIRST. Others might begin with the team name and identity, the culture of who FIRST 2102 Team Paradox is, and how they came to be. 2102 Team Paradox has a flavor, an origin, a destiny... and as many ways of telling the story as members of the team.
In the 2006-2007 season, under the founding leadership of students Matt Golman and Asa Pucket, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox Robotics Club went to its first robotics competition, the FIRST Regional Competition in San Diego.
In the team's second year, they were joined by more students, and they had a better idea of what to expect at an FRC event. Robots and game play are only two components of FIRST Regional Competitions, and it was obvious that a marketing team as strong and spirited as the build team was going to be a vital component for FIRST 2102 Team Paradox to stand out in the crowd. 2008 introduced our signature bold, yellow shirts and beautiful Paradox mascot... the Parrot~Ox, to FRC San Diego, and FRC Los Angeles.
2009 was a spirited year for FIRST 2102 Team Paradox. No longer a rookie, or sophomore club, they were maturing and growing, as a team. The foundation was solidifying, and seniors who started with the team in its first year were working hard to prepare new members to take the helm. The team was not only a more capable team, but also more confident about their vision and ideals, strongly declaring their Passion FIRST, and their determination about the robotics club being a place for students to lead, learn, and excel through their own efforts. Supported by mentors, teachers, and parents, 2102 Team Paradox was a larger team, with every indication that they were on track to remain as viable and ambitious as ever. In red pants, and Paradox shirts, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox came to FRC San Diego with a robot that took them to the Quarterfinals, and the presence and enthusiasm to earn them the FRC San Diego Award for Team Spirit. This winning, spirited attitude came with them to FRC Phoenix. In Phoenix FIRST 2102 Team Paradox played all the way through the Finals. In The Blue Alliance video, you can clearly hear FIRST 2102 Team Paradox cheering their robot right down to the buzzer. The robot was successful, the team was successful, and they came home with a new Award for Team Spirit.
Inspired by a winning year, and determined not to lose the momentum and drive of the graduating class, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox entered the 2010 season with purpose and resolve. New members were immediately brought up to speed through a Tech Wheel... a systematic series of student led classes to impart technical skills, and prepare incoming club members for the build season and FRC. The marketing arm of FIRST 2102 Team Paradox recognized the growing necessity of managing budgets, increasing outreach in FLL, establishing and sustaining strong relationships with sponsors and the community, and also writing and preparing for FRC awards, such as Chairman's, and Woodie Flowers. In the metal shop, the experience of senior members was supported by a new generation of freshmen and sophomore students, who were already showing promising skills and dedication. The team had grown, again, and more than ever their work and gracious professionalism was inspiring ever more interest in engineering and robotics. At the launch of Breakaway, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox hosted rookies FIRST 3128: The Aluminum Narwhals from Canyon Crest Academy. In San Diego, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox cheered proudly when FIRST 3128 earned the Regional Rookie All-Star Award. As spirited as ever, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox was extremely proud to be awarded the San Diego Regional Award for Engineering Inspiration! Ahead was FRC Las Vegas, and now a first time opportunity to play at Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Always determined to do their best, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox came to Las Vegas with new strategies and new parts. It was hard work and that same winning spirit that sent the team home with a third Regional Team Spirit Award.
Even with short notice and a tight budget, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox rallied. New parents, and dedicated volunteers working with student team members raised more funds, planned and organized, so that fifty students and families could be in Atlanta for the honor of playing Breakaway in the Championships. This new experience, and amazing opportunity was a rewarding, educational, and fun adventure; one that inspired and fueled greater plans for FIRST 2102 Team Paradox.
LogoMotion is the game of 2011, and FIRST 2102 Team Paradox is in motion. Outreach has gone international, sponsorships have increased, FLL students are arriving already eager to be Paradox. The new school year took off with Tech Wheel, and Marketing efforts have evolved from being one of two branches of the club, to being represented by an Outreach division, and a Corporate division. Now there are executives able to focus on more aspects of the business part of FIRST 2102 Team Paradox. Build can concentrate on design, manufacturing, building, and testing robots, knowing that at competition they are supported and prepared to play the game on the field. Sharing the workload between all divisions makes it possible for FIRST 2102 Team Paradox to do more for Team San Diego, like showing up at practice matches with a fully functioning field element, the mini-robot tower. Also, in the metal shop FIRST 2102 Team Paradox was able to continue their mentorship of FIRST 3128, by welding chassis parts, and offering rookie FIRST team from Torrey Pines help preparing for their first FRC. The larger team also makes it possible to participate in community activities, such as building a giant robotic arm to ride a float in the 2010 Encinitas Holiday Parade; an ambitious and successful collaboration between Marketing and Build.
As busy as they have been, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox designed, built, tested, and shipped not one, but two robots, with time to spare. And in San Diego, at the LogoMotion FRC, FIRST 2102 Team Paradox brought everything together for a Passion FIRST, spirited, gracious, professional, high scoring two days! In the stands were more parents, friends, teachers, mentors, and family than ever before... and the alumni showing was truly epic. It is a testament to the team and to the people participating in FIRST, that so many high school graduates are happy, eager to return to FIRST 2102 Team Paradox, not only to cheer, but to mentor, and encourage rookie members. On the field, the main robot played a straightforward, calculated game, scoring by hanging FIRST logo inner-tubes, and defending its alliance members. The mini-bot, designed to be deployed in the last ten seconds of every match, racing to the top of the ten foot pole, proved to be a big scorer. It was mini, but it scored big... the majority of points in the San Diego FRC. It seems Build, Marketing, Outreach, and Corporate are in motion for greatness. FIRST 2102 Team Paradox won its second San Diego Regional Engineering Inspiration Award.
For the 2012 season, Team Paradox shone brighter than ever before. A large number of new freshmen joined the team, and they were well served by the continuing Tech Wheel program. The team attended the Battle at the Border, a mock competition replaying Logomotion, during the offseason. They made into the elimination rounds, but no further than their first match. Again, Paradox participated in the Encinitas Holiday Parade, bringing back the robotic arm dubbed "Lavender."
Kickoff arrived, and the game was released. This year it was Rebound Rumble, 3 on 3 robot basketball. What's not to like? Build season flew by, with late nights every night, just as in years past, and a robot was completed and bagged. Team Paradox attended the Sand Diego Regional Competition, bringing with them a shooter frantically assembled between the end of build season and the competition. FRC teams are allowed to bring thirty pounds of material into the pit to add to their robot, and the shooter fit the restrictions. Excitement ran high throughout the competition, earning Team 2102 a Spirit Award, but nothing that would give them a shot in St. Louis. Then Team Paradox headed off to their second regional, this one in Madera. Team Paradox seeded near the bottom of the ladder after the qualification matches, and it seemed that another season had come to a close, but then something happened that nobody saw coming. The first seeded team, 1717 The D'Penguineers, and their alliance partner, 330 The Beach Bots, the second seeded team, chose 2102 to be their final alliance partner for the elimination matches. This alliance went on to take first place at the Central Valley Regional, Team Paradox's first tournament victory, and all three teams earned a spot at the global championships in St. Louis.
Team Paradox again gathered up the funds and support required to make it to The Gateway to the West, and headed out. What an action-packed couple of days the championship was. Team Paradox brought their best to the playing field, doing especially well at bridge balancing, as well as screaming their lungs out in support of the robot. Unfortunately, the team did not manage to make it past the qualifying matches.
After their return, the build team set themselves on a tricky new project: designing, building, and programming a swerve drive by the end of the summer. A swerve drive is a unique drive train used by some of the best teams in FIRST. Each of its four wheels are run by two motors, one spinning the wheel to move the robot, and the other causing the wheel to rotate, allowing the robot to easily move in any direction. With extensive use of their laser cutter, and a few more months beyond the planned end date, the team created a wooden chassis with swerve capabilities, but the refinement process goes on.