Acme Robotics is advancing to the Western states Super-Regional through the Motivate Award! Just two days ago, the team was competing in Newark California for one of ten spots designated to Northern California for Super-Regionals of the West. Super-Regionals is in Tacoma, Washington and has teams from 14 Western states. The Motivate Award was what earned us a spot to this elite tournament.
The day started out with a brief judging session where we had 15 minutes to impress the judges and educate them on the team and the robot . We came out of judging feeling confident and ready to practice and scout other teams. Our Outreach team started to mingle with teams and watch their robots on the practice field to help determine their robot's capabilities. Around midday, the qualifying matches started. We performed very well in our qualifying matches despite a few technical difficulties that didn't allow our partner's robot to start. At the end of the qualifying matches, we were ranked number 10 out of 24 teams in our division. We weren't fully satisfied with how we did, but we knew that when it came to alliance selection, the tops teams would pick us because our robot is very compatible. When it came time for alliance selection, the fourth ranked team picked our team to be their partner. This wasn't the ideal situation, but we did our best to work with what he had. We ended up being paired up against the number one seed. In the end, we lost, but we definitely put up a good fight. After getting knocked out of the tournament, it didn't seem like Super-Regionals was a possibility unless we won an award.
As a finale to the tourament, awards were given out. There are many awards that a team can win such as the PCT Design Award, Inspire Award, or the Think Award. Awards are very important. For example, the Inspire Award is considered better than winning the whole tournament. Judges use observations from the practice area, team performance, but mainly the team's Engineering Notebook to decided if they are worthy of an award. Our team ended up winning the first place Motivate Award. The Motivate Award is an Outreach based award going to the team that connects with the community, educates them on FIRST and FTC, and most of all gets people interested and involved in robotics. Winning this award was such an honor! The best part about the award was that it moved us on to Super-Regionals! So overall, the robot performance was pretty good, but the impression we made on the judges was amazing! We were one of the 10 teams chosen to move on to Super-Regionals in Tacoma, Washington and to represent NorCal. The team is very excited for the tournament and very thankful for the opportunity to work with FIRST!
Above is a picture of the game fields before qualifying matches started!
Here is a picture of two team members talking to the judges!
The picture above is of the robot ready to start our autonomous routine.
Here is our Motivate Award that we won at the tournament!
All 10 teams that are advancing to Super-Regionals are pictures above.