Last weekend, ACME attended our second qualifier in Santa Clara. This tournament was all about gaining experience and challenging ourselves, but we gained much more than that.
We started off the day by setting up our pit area. This area is where other teams come to have a better understanding of our team, our robot's design, and get free Red Vines (courtesy of ACME Robotics). We display a pit board that shows all of the team members, our Outreach events and our robot design. We also made a pyramid of ACME bracelets that were also freebies (because why not?).
Then we went into our judges interview, where we give a presentation of our robot and the judges ask us questions about it. Our judges interview at this qualfier was one of the best we have ever had and are super proud of the way it went.
After the judges presentation we have to go around and scout the other teams in the pits. We scout other teams so that we are on the lookout for them during the matches. If you make it to the top four teams, you need to know which alliance partners you want This qualifier's scouting team consisted of Emma, Kelly, Clara and Ben, and in the stands we had Emma, Clara, Sean and John.
After opening ceremonies the matches started. We just so happened to be one of the first teams up. While our first match did not start out so good (as our phones could not connect to each other), the next few steadily got better.
There continued to be problems throughout the day concerning the robot though - mostly due to connectivity problems. This outcome slightly dampened our positive moods, but non the less, we continued to try to overcome these trials. A good sign was that after almost every one of our matches the judges would come talk to us about what went wrong during the match and what we were going to do to fix it. This was taken as a positive sign that we were in the running for an award.
And as it turns out, we were! Even though things seemed not to go our way that day our positive outlook and perseverance came through. We were given the Inspire Award!!!!!!!!
This award grants you a ticket to the Northern California Regionals, the next step in advancing towards Worlds. We were so happy to have been given this award and are so grateful to the judges who recognized us.
The Nor Cal Regionals will be held at the end of February in Union City. Look for our upcoming post about the Roseville Qualfier two weeks from now. Go ACME!