World Championships – St. Louis

We were delighted to once again earn a spot in the championship event.  Our robot performed great and we eagerly anticipated alliance selections.  The team was disappointed that we were not selected on an alliance, but we cheered on our fellow Minnesota teams.  While at this event, team members were able to participate in a number of great workshops and are excited to test out some new ideas this summer.  Also, before leaving the event our own team member, Bethany Moore won the Andymark competition!  Thank you to the many parents and sponsors who helped us to attend such a great event.

 

Minneapolis 10,000 Lakes Regional

We always love this hometown regional and certainly enjoyed this one as well.  Our robot Voyager performed well after we made all of our modifications from the last tournament.  We did have to forgo the break but our excellent driver didn’t miss a beat.  We were selected by the 7th seeded alliance captain and went on to lose a match and win a match pushing the round to a tiebreaker.  Unfortunately we lost the tie breaker and were knocked out.  We also were awarded The Entrepreneurship Award that recognizes our business plan as a model that sets us up well for the future.

 

Duluth Northern Lights Regional

This was our first regional of the year. It was a lot of fun and very informative. We got a rough start on Thursday and Friday. We struggled to push code to our RoboRio and have any sort of communication with the robot. We finally got the driving controls back in time for our second match on Friday. While we lost that match, we won the next four matches we had that day while slowly getting each of our subsystems back to operational. Saturday morning we played hard, but lost both of our matches leaving us with 4 wins and 4 losses ranked 36th. We were selected by the 5th seed alliance and went on to lose in quarterfinals. While it was not our best robot showing of the past few years, to go from not being able to connect to our robot on Thursday to being fully operational and in quarterfinals was quite a ride. Saturday evening during awards we were also honored with the Engineering Inspiration Award. This award is given to a team that does a remarkable job of spreading STEM and robotics throughout their community. This was our third consecutive regional winning this award. It also qualifies our team for World Championships and gets us a grant that covers our entry fee to Worlds. This means our team has now qualified for 5 consecutive World Championships.