Last weekend, ACME Robotics attended the Northern California Regionals at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California. This two-day event was much like the other qualifiers before - except bigger. 56 teams participated and only ten were allowed to advance to the Western Super Regionals. There were two divisions, Silicon and Gold. About 28 teams were in each division. The good thing about divisions is you only have to play teams in your division - until the finals.
This event - as mentioned before - spanned two days. Saturday evening we checked in, had field inspection and our judges interview. In the week leading up to this event, we spent numerous hours practicing our judges interview. All our hard reciting payed off, and the interview was one of the best we have ever had.
On Sunday we set up our pit. Then, went around our division (Silicon) to do Pre-Match Scouting. After opening ceremonies the matches began. Our first few matches were not that great. We were having connectivity issues once again (see the Santa Clara Qualifier), and our robot was quite spastic. We won a few matches, then lost a few. It wasn't our best performance but it wasn't our worst either. We finished out the matches in 20th place.
Now, that is not amazing placement in the slightest. But, we knew we could do better and sought a chance to prove it. Team 4216, the Rise of Hephaestus, was the top scoring team in our division. Therefore, they were our best chance at being on the winning alliance. They had already decided to choose team 5214, Tech Support as their first alliance pick. We had to convince Rise to choose us for their second pick. We did this by talking to Tech Support. Our case was that since most teams would off the field and their robot phones turned off, we would be able to preform much better because there would be a stronger signal.
As it turns out, this worked. Rise of Hephaestus picked us to be their second alliance partners. Eager to prove they had made the right choice, we gave it our all. For the first round Rise and Tech Support were up against the fourth place alliance. They were able to win that match and after the Gold division played their first round, we moved straight into our second round. During this round, Rise and ourselves were up against two teams who played a very defensive game. The plan: to fill our Cryptobox as fast as possible then protect Rise's bot as they finished their box and tried to score relics. Our protective strategy worked and we were able to hold off the other team while Rise finished scoring Relics. The downside was that our relic recover-er was hanging off the robot. The 3D printed part had snapped off. Luckily, we had printed an extra part and were able to get it on and working before we started our final match.
Our final match was quite eventful. It was us and Rise for an alliance. We actually almost soft-capped (meaning we scored all of the points possible between our alliance), but we didn't score our Glyph during the autonomous period. During that match both of our teams were able to: knock off the jewel, park in the safe zone, compete a full Cryptobox in a Cipher pattern, score a Relic in the third zone upright, and balance on the Balancing Stone. If you would like to watch our final match, please click on the link: ACME and Rise of Hephaestus Final Match .
We had qualified for Super Regionals when we were on the Winning Alliance, but the awards ceremonies had just begun. We were nominated for several awards, including the Control Award, the Innovate Award and the Think Award. The real surprise, however, came when the Inspire Award winner was announced. The Inspire Award is the highest award you can win at any FIRST event. At the Northern California Regionals, ACME Robotics was announced as the winners of the Inspire Award!
This was the first time in ACME history that we have won the Inspire Award at a major tournament such as NorCals. We were so excited. After a long day of ups and downs, this was just the thing we needed to complete our tournament experience.
The next step in the season is to participate in Spokane, Washington, at the Western Super Regionals. We will be starting a GoFundMe campaign soon in order to raise funds for our trip. Keep checking our website for updates on the coming competition.
We had a sensational Championship. During the preliminary rounds we did very well. We had some alliances that did not complement us very well and we lost some matches, however we did what we did best and got all three rolling goals onto the ramp.
In the semi-finals we were selected by one of the highly ranked teams. Because there were a whole bunch of teams there, each alliance was made up of 3 teams. We were allied with team 7391 and 5157. This alliance won the first match of the semi-finals and beat all of the other teams in our division. Thie meant that we went on to fight the other division.
In the finals, our alliance won the first match and lost the second due to a field error putting us at a tie. The last match of the day was intense, but our competitors won.
During the judging ceremony, we won the judges award yet again! We will regretfully not be continuing on the season, but its not over for us. We still plan to do outreach. We will be doing a demonstration at the Madelyn Helling Library sometime in April and we are thinking about doing demonstrations at schools.
We had a great season and we did awesome! The season isn’t over and we are super pumped for our future as a team!