Yesterday, December 20th, five of us went down to John Dewey High School to compete in a qualifier for the NYC/LI Region.
The day was rather hectic as it got off to a late start and some teams didn’t come, but overall, it turned out to be a great day. The delay even corrected itself, and we were able to go home on time!
In competition, we won two matches and lost three. The ones we lost were either because we lost control during game play (which we learned was due to servo programming, not to electrical problems, if you caught our tweets) or our partner was nonoperational. In the matches we did win, we worked well with our partners. In our first match, our partner even scored in the center goal (which was something we hadn’t seen much of at the Robo-CATastrope IV)!
At the end of the day, we ranked 13th, coincidentally the same spot we ranked at in NJ. We were a finalist for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for the first time ever; we believe this was connected to our linear ball bearing lift design, although it could have been other parts of the robot. And, for the first time ever, we WON the Inspire Award! Other teams had told us throughout the day that they thought we might win, but we weren’t as confident. It was quite the honor, and we hope to keep up the hard work.