Sunday, April 26, 2015


We did the unexpected at the FIRST World Championships this past week. In our past 5 trips to champs, we have never made it to division playoffs or won an award. This season, we made H15TORY! In the Curie Division, we ended in 6th place at the end of qualifications. As the captain of the 5th seeded alliance, we chose 1816, the Green Machine, and 5046, Jacked Up Jackets. We lost in quarterfinals, but we we were all so happy with making it this far. On top of that we won the Gracious Professionalism Award, out of 152 teams (Carver and Curie divisions). At this point, we are ecstatic. We've never won an award at champs, and this week, we made H15TORY. At champs, the Gracious Professionalism Award is practically the 3rd Place Chairman's Award. Though we did not win the Chairman's Award this season, we still feel like champions.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Triple Finals...+Championships

We headed into the Lone Star Regional looking for a regional win and possible Chairman's blue banner. Basically, we had a vision of walking out with a blue banner. Though we did not receive one this time, we still made it to finals. In all of our three qualifying regionals this season, we have made it to finals. W were the #2 seed almost throughout the whole competition, making the #2 seeded alliance with team 4587, Jersey Voltage (robot: duo, Ratman and Bobin), and team 57, the Leopards after #1 seed Robonauts, team 118, picked #3 seed CRyptonite, team 624. Since we, the Robonauts, and CRyptonite have already earned trips to the FIRST World Championships prior to this regional, all teams on both alliances get to go to the World Championships in St. Louis. We also won the Quality Award, our second award this season.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Lone but Fast Star

The Lone Star Regional has come pretty quickly. We've made some adjustments to Heimdall. We added can burglars, since we have come to a pretty unanimous decision that containers are absolutely essential in scoring big in this year's game. We created more tabs for our robot, since we've broken a couple. We continued troubleshooting our 3-tote autonomous program. A lot of practice hours have gone in for the practice bot as we continue increasing our consistency. That is another epiphany we have come to: consistency is key in winning matches, especially in playoffs. Lone Star has come quick, but we are ready for it.