Last weekend, along with 35 other teams, we participated in the Minnesota State FTC Championship tournament. Although finishing in 27th place for robot performance, our robot was performing consistently, scoring reliably every match in the autonomous period (in which the robot is controlled based on pre-programmed instructions) and the end-game period (the last 30 seconds of the match in which specific challenges may be performed for additional points). During the teleop period (in which human players remote control the robot), we were a good defensive robot, keeping some of the best-scoring teams from scoring.
We also performed well in the judging category. In this category, we get to talk to local engineers and professionals and talk about our robot, team, design process, and community outreach. While we did not receive any awards, we were being considered for a few.
While we will not be moving on to the Super Regional tournament, the next level of competition, we’ve had a great 2013-2014 FIRST Tech Challenge season!
Stay tuned for reflections on this year’s season, and some final pictures of our robot.