Montgomery District Event – Another Victory!

It was another amazing weekend for Raider Robotix! We competed in our second district event of the season at Montgomery High School and our alliance once again soared to first place! Along with us, the other two teams were Team 1923 – The MidKnight Inventors from Plainsboro, NJ and Team 75 – RoboRaiders from Hillsborough, NJ. It took all three teams working together as one with their different skills to prevail at this intense competition.

As all events begin, our scouting team kept an observant eye on the ‘alliance-worthy’ teams as 74 qualification matches were played. Our scouts work hard to record the best data possible to help determine which other teams’ robots would best compliment our own for the elimination rounds. Throughout the competition, our pit crew and drive team were hard at work performing robot repairs in between matches to keep it running in tip-top shape on the field. We ended the qualifications rounds with a record of 6 wins and 6 losses and ranked 22nd out of 38 teams. By the end of the intense scouting meeting that night, we thought we might get picked by Team 303 or Team 225.

We waited with baited breath during the alliance selection process to see where our team would be selected. We ended up being the first pick for Alliance #8, captained by Team 75 – RoboRaiders, who originallyseeded 11th. Since the draft is serpentine, we had to immediately select the third team who would round out our alliance. Our strategy leaders quite literally ran to the opposite side of the gymnasium to confer with Team 75 about who we wanted to select. Unanimously, we selected Team 1923 – The MidKnight Inventors to complete our alliance. It was nice to see friendly faces again because we won with Team 1923 at the Mount Olive MAR District Event three weeks prior! Anticipating how the other alliances with fuel-shooting capabilities would play during the elimination rounds, our alliance came together to develop a complete gear game strategy, complete with the potential for a two-rotor autonomous mode.

The strategy worked, as throughout the quarterfinals, we beat the #1 Alliance, which included the # 1 ranked team Team 303 – The TEST Team along with their partners’ Team 225 – TechFire and 4653 – Ironmen Robotics. During semifinals, our alliance beat Alliance # 5 (Teams 1676, 1279 and 223) two out of three matches. One of the matches we had an extra gear after getting four rotors started, and our pilots proudly held up in the air in excitement. We headed into the finals against teams 11 – MORT, 222- Tigertrons, and 2016 – The Mighty Monkey Wrenches.

This alliance played with similar strategies by trying to get four rotors started, which was accomplished in only the first finals match. In final matches 2 and 3, our alliance beat Alliance #5 by getting all four rotors started, and we beat Alliance #5 by 55 points in the third final match! It was a very close and amazing victory for Alliance #8 – Raider Robotix, RoboRaiders, and The MidKnight Inventors!

Starting from Mount Olive and making our way here, we have really grown as a team and hope to continue this winning momentum throughout the rest of the season! Our next competition is the Mid-Atlantic Region District Championship at Lehigh University at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA April 5-8.

2015 Recycle Rush Season Summary

Week 1: MAR Hatboro-Horsham District
February 27 – March 1, 2015

IMG_4275 We unveiled our new robot, Evil Machine 13.0 AKA Scorpion Stacker, at our first official competition of the 2015 season. As is typical at week one evens, teams were still making tweaks to their robots and figuring out the best way to play the year’s new game. For us, we had only just attached our robot’s can-lifting arm right before we had to bag it up at the end of build season and so we did not have any practice operating it. We quickly realized that since the arm was so long (nearly 6.5 feet), it created a large moment when fully extended and picking up a recycling container. Though it was a bit unwieldy, our drivers figured out how to acquire a can without tipping over. In our first qualification match, we managed to stack a full six stack with a container on top and another 3 stack of totes.

Pit crew members servicing the robot after a match.

Pit crew members servicing the robot after a match.

At the end of the qualification rounds we ranked 4th overall with an average qualification score of 65.67. Due to inter-picking within the top 8, we moved up to the 3rd seed. We selected teams 1218 and 708 to join our alliance. After losing our first match and coming back strong in the second, our overall average score of 52 was not high enough to advance us. We finished the event as quarterfinalists.

 


Week 4: MAR Seneca District
March 20 – March 22, 2015

IMG_4391In the three weeks following our first event, the team rallied hard to make improvements all around. First, the trailer the team uses to transport our supplies and robots to events received a makeover. Thanks to Agin Signs & Designs for doing an awesome job! Second, we used our 6 hours of unbag time to modify the pivot point of the robot’s arm. With a higher pivot point, the arm still had the same reach, but did not reach out as far when picking up a can from the floor.

Friday night we arrived at Seneca High School in the middle of a snow storm, but were able to unload the robot and get our pit area set up. The weather improved the next day and, though we had a few issues with tipping, so did our on-field performance from the last event. Being a week 4 event, many more teams had experience playing Recycle Rush and the competition was stiff. We ranked 17th with an average qualification score of 63.50. Our sister team, Team Mercury 1089 from Hightstown, NJ, seeded 4th and selected us as their first round pick. Team 423, Simple Machines from Wyncote, PA, rounded out our alliance. 1089 recognized our robot’s potential as a strong stacking robot to complement their capping-specialist robot. We removed the arm from the robot to focus on creating as many 5 stacks as possible for them to cap off with recycling cans for the multiplier bonus. Team 423 made additional stacks of 4 and 5. Our alliance was very strong and cleared out all of the totes from behind the player station multiple times. However, due do some strange electrical issues that appeared, our partner was unable to cap them all. The alliance made it to the semi-finals.

We got to visit with FIRST President, Don Bossi!

We got to visit with FIRST President, Don Bossi!

Additionally, our team was selected as the recipient of the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox for our unique robot design!


Week 6: MAR North Brunswick District
April 2 – April 4, 2015

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Our Chairman’s Award presenters.

Two weeks later, we hosted a district event of our own! No stranger to hosting events since we host our off-season competition, Brunswick Eruption, every fall, we were prepared to both help run the event and compete our hardest. At the end of the qualification rounds, we seeded 8th overall with an average qualification score of 86.33.

We were the first pick of the third seed, Team 4285 – The Camo-bots from Honesdale, PA. We then selected Team 321 – the RoboLancers from Philadelphia to round out our alliance. The alliance made it to the semi-finals and just barely missed the cutoff to get into the finals by an average of less than 7 points.

We were delightfully surprised to win our second Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox of the season!


Week 7: Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship
in Bethlehem, PA, USA
April 8 – April 11, 2015

Our team’s performance at our first two district events qualified us to attend the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship. The robot performed admirably, making many stacks of 5 and 6 totes with a recycling container on top, retrieving extra recycling containers from the center of the field, and capping other team’s stacks. The one piece missing from the puzzle was our qualification alliances receiving the co-op bonus points. Our qualification average score was 110.08 points and the co-op points were worth an additional 40 points per round (the first seeded team had an average of 156 points). We ranked 41st and were the first pick of the 8th seeded alliance, Team 4373 – RooBotics from Jenkintown, PA, and joined by Team 56 – ROBBE from Bound Brook, NJ. Our alliance finished as quarterfinalists, but we managed to earn enough points throughout the event to qualify for the FRC World Championship in St. Louis!


World Championship – Newton Division
St. Louis, MO
April 22 – April 25, 2015

Our first qualification match at the Championship and our highest scoring of the season—206 points!

Our first qualification match at the Championship and our highest scoring of the season—206 points!

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This year was the first year of an expanded championship. 600 FRC teams attended and were split across eight divisions. Our team was placed in the Newton Division. Competing with and against the best teams in the world allowed us to put up some of our highest scores of the season. We finished qualification rounds ranked 26th with an average score of 134.70 points. Unfortunately we were not selected to play in the elimination rounds. Many of the top seeded teams were looking for robots that could quickly grab the recycling containers from the center of the field in autonomous mode. The team is proud of our accomplishments and continual improvements we made throughout the season, as well as winning two creativity awards! You can bet we’ll be working harder to improve and refine our processes for next season so we can make it back to the world championship!

2014 MidKnight Mayhem Champions!

Written by Kevin Zimmerman

The excitement of Aerial Assist did not end in April with the FRC championship event in St. Louis. On June 28th, 32 teams came together for the second annual MidKnight Mayhem off-season event hosted by the Midknight Inventors, Team 1923. Following our first place victory at the Hoboken Engineered Robotics Event at Stevens Institute of Technology the previous weekend, we hoped to keep the season’s spirit going strong and have a good competition, which the attending teams delivered.

10428512_10204205118158124_188978484652048934_nHaving only five qualification rounds put emphasis on making each match count. Continuing the strategy we adopted during the World Championship elimination rounds, we took over the inbounder spot on our alliances, focusing on receiving human tosses and freeing up our scoring oriented partners to finish cycles. Meanwhile, we pounded the defense home to prevent the opposing alliance from scoring. During our first match, a little rust on our alliance kept us from gaining the upper hand, but a foul on our opponents put us ahead following the final buzzer. We claimed out first victory of the day,

Moving into our second match, the team decided to switch things up a bit and let new team members step in the shoes of our drivers to feel the heat of competition. The match was mostly controlled by the outcome of the autonomous mode, which put our alliance ahead. Partners on our alliance focused on moving the ball downfield where we finished off at least two full cycles and played some defense. Then the mayhem ball fell off the truss and entered play. Originally hit out of play, it was given to our human player to inbound near the low goal where we had just scored. After tossing it our robot, a driver error failed to close the net in time, but the ball bounced off the back of our robot and was inadvertently scored, earning our alliance an extra 20 points. Once the dust cleared following the buzzer, a high score gave us a record of 2-0 for the event.Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 4.42.46 PM

 

 

 

 

 

The lineup for our third match looked fierce going up against the blue alliance, which had Archimedes Division Champion, team 2590, Nemesis. Scoring was fast and furious coming out of the gate, seeming to favor our opponents following autonomous mode. They unleashed a full salvo of high scoring from a 2-ball auto, trusses, and high goal shots. Things then changed dramatically. While trying to defend our alliance partner, team 225, from inbounding on the far side of the field, 2590’s robot was tipped over after some inadvertent entanglement. Our alliance got the break we needed to pull ahead and hold on for the victory.

Our remaining qualification matches were relatively routine in strategy and outcome. In the next match, we made a catch and scored another mayhem ball that was introduced from accurate trussing from team 3015. Getting lucky with good partners helped us to clinch another two victories and hold our spot in the qualification rankings. By the time the rest of the matches were said and done, our morning ended with a 5-0 record, having scored two of the elusive mayhem balls, and saw ourselves seeded in first place. As alliance selection came and went, our representative picked up good partners in teams 225, Techfire, 1626, Falcon Robotics, and 329, the Raiders.

10329090_10152364277974086_7258211478394991246_nWhile most teams left to prep their robots for the elimination rounds, our robot rolled onto the field for its best match of the day, the mentor match. Tapping alumni and former drivers alike led to an interesting lineup for the match, which saw Kristan driving, Bharat operating, Howard barking orders as drive coach, and Cokeley running around as the inbounding human player. While they dueled it out on the field, the rest of the team was able to catch a short break and enjoy a spectacle that happens rarely during a season. The action during the mentor match was great: our robot managed to catch a ball trussed by team 1640 and Cokeley lost his shoe while inbounding the ball.

 

10418315_10152364180994086_4895621488929296983_nWith the fun matches in the books, it was time to focus on the elimination rounds. Being the #1 seed, we felt ready to take on the #8 alliance of teams 4575, 316, 2495, and 810. Autonomous modes in the opening match fell short of the mark, leaving two balls of each color bouncing around the field. The first balls were cleared in short order, but our tough defense made it hard for 2495 to get rid of their second ball. Beginning to cycle, we had some issues passing to 1626 due to our robots’ varying designs, but were able to keep the ball moving down field. The match continued on as a good defensive effort kept us on top to gain a win. To begin our second match, we decided to swap 329 for 1626 to get a fresh look to our offense while abiding by the Mayhem rulebook that every team must get a chance to play. Both sides started off the match with improved play, each side only missing one ball a piece. Defense was found on both sides of the field, as blue kept messing with Techfire’s firing solution while our robot hammered any robot that had a blue ball. Passing the ball became easier with 329’s similar intake that ran the ball to the floor and into their robot. One interesting moment from the match occurred when a truss pass was inadvertently blocked by another truss shot. As 329 trussed a ball, our opponents also shot, but our red ball deflected theirs and it bounced out of play. When the buzzer sounded, our alliance stood on top and moved on to the semifinals.

After the valiant effort we saw from the number 8 alliance, we were amazed that the number 4 alliance composed of teams 2016, 3015, 87, and 1257 had even more heart. Some passing practice with 1626 while waiting to learn who our semifinal opponents would be brought back high hopes for an agile assist bot to scoot around. In the first match, autonomous mode was in favor of the red alliance, with us scoring all four of our autonomous balls while blue only scored two of their four balls. Some minor issues and robot interference made passing difficult but getting our assist, dumping off the ball, and shifting into defensive mode helped to stifle any offense from our opponents during match one. Moving into match two, our alliance decided to tag 329 back into the mix and saw almost instant results in the form of reduced cycle times. Rough defense was continued by both sides, but the stronger drive trains in the red alliance helped us break through the blue alliance wall. Around the 30 second buzzer that traditionally signaled the endgame, the mayhem ball came into play and robots swarmed its smiling face as 329 performed a snatch-and-grab that gave our red alliance a 20 point bonus. In the end, the mayhem ball’s smiling reward helped to push us up and over our opponents and advance to the finals.

With the semis all said and done, the stage was set for the finals. Sporting red was the #1 alliance of 25, 225, 1626, and 329 facing off against the boys and girls in blue, the #2 alliance of teams 11, 193, 369, and 4954. Scoring was fast and furious from the start of round 1, both sides using 4 ball autonomous routines. When the buzzer to end autonomous mode rang, the blue alliance had the upper hand from one red missed ball that rolled back down the field. Tough defense was found in every zone as neither alliance wanted to give an inch. MORT collided with us in ways that would have damaged many robots, but ours refused to back down and was saved as all the red robots converged on the blue zone and became too much for them to handle. Overwhelmed, our alliance was finally able to effectively pass the ball off to 225 who brought us ahead until MORT scored a ball and finished blue’s first cycle to regain the lead. Our alliance was able to make up some lost ground and then pull ahead with a last-second truss shot from 329, which put match one down as a red victory. After a short reset period, both alliances met under the truss for handshakes and then the mayhem was on for finals match 2. The first round had bolstered our confidence, but 11, 369, and 4954 (subbing for MORT Beta, but driven mostly by 193) wouldn’t go down without a fight. With Final Countdown setting the tone for many a finals match, both sides readied for a battle. In the early going our alliance took the lead with a perfect 4 ball auto while blue missed one of theirs. Since MORT BETA wasn’t on the field to provide a 2-ball autonomous mode, blue was down by a total of two high-goal autonomous scores. Blue worked their hardest to overcome the deficit, but small mistakes, such as a trussed shot that bounced off the truss and flew backwards, kept piling up and hindered their progress.  Balls flew everywhere as both sides trussed back and forth like there was no tomorrow up until the buzzer sounded. When the dust settled and the robots were powered down, the referees declared the match had been clean. After a few announcements updating the crowd with the current World Cup scores (thanks Jeff!), the score from the last match was posted. It showed that our alliance had won, thereby making us MidKnight Mayhem champions.

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We would like to thank the MidKnight Mayhem crew for running a wonderful event, our partners 225, 1626, and 329 for being great elimination partners, 11, 193, 369, and 4954 for a superb effort in the finals, and all the teams that made the event fun. We hope to see some of you at Brunswick Eruption, and, until we meet again, thanks for the memories.

 

District and World Championship Recap

After our performances at the Hatboro-Horsham and Lenape-Seneca district events, Raider Robotix ranked 13th overall out of the 110 teams competing in the Mid-Atlantic district. Going into the MAR District Championship, held at Lehigh University from April 10-12, we knew we had to be on top of our game in order to qualify for the FRC World Championship to be held in St. Louis, MO two weeks later. Eighteen teams from MAR would go on to attend the world championship based on awards won at the MAR Championship and the final district point rankings. Winning the Engineering Inspiration award at the Hatboro-Horsham district event qualified us as one of six teams to compete to win the same award at the MAR Championship.

By the end of the qualification matches on Saturday morning, we had a 7-5-0 record and found ourselves ranked 16th, once again having amassed the most assist points of any team at the competition. Some other highlights from the qualification rounds included:

When alliance selections came around, we were the first pick of the 6th seeded alliance, captained by team 56, Robbe Xtreme. Our teams then selected team 1279, Cold Fusion, to round out our alliance with their two ball autonomous mode and long, lofty truss shot.

Unfortunately the third seeded alliance edged us out in the quarterfinals, winning the second match by a mere margin of 13 points. Though we were eliminated from the tournament, we garnered enough points via our qualifying match wins and alliance selection to be in contention as one of the teams to qualify for St. Louis via the district point rankings. Judges had been visiting our team’s pit all weekend, so we were hopeful that we might have won a technical award, which would give us just enough points to secure a spot in the MAR top 12.

After the 7th seeded alliance of team 2590, 11, and 341 beat out 1089, 193, and 484 in the finals, we sat anxiously on the edge of our seats during the awards ceremony. As all the robot design awards were handed out, we did not hear our team’s name announced. Then the judges started to read the description of the first of MAR’s two Engineering Inspiration Award winners. They began to describe a program that was bringing hands-on STEM activities to elementary school classrooms, which sounded very much like our Parson’s Elite program. We erupted with excitement as the judge’s announced the award went to one “catchy” team, Raider Robotix!

Winning Engineering Inspiration at the MAR District Championship automatically qualified us to attend the World Championship in St. Louis (we also ended up ranked 11th overall within MAR). With flights and hotels quickly booked, we made the journey to the midwest two weeks later.

At the World Championship, our team was assigned to the Newton division, which we previously won twice before in 2006 and 2011

At the end of the qualification rounds at the world championship, we ranked 23rd out of 100 teams in our division with a 6-4-0 record, and the 6th most assist points. Our team also had the second lowest cumulative teleoperated score. This statistic, when compared to our other stats, highlighted the effectiveness of the low goal/assisting specialist strategy we played.

During alliance selections, we were drafted as the second selection of the 7th seeded alliance, the 10th overall pick. We joined an alliance with teams 4039, MakeShift Robotics from Hamilton, Ontario, and 3539, the Byting Bulldogs from Romeo, Michigan. 4039’s captain explained to the alliance how they selected us because no matter where the game ball was, we were always able to fight our way through field traffic and acquire it. For the elimination rounds, we took on the role of inbounder and defender. After initially receiving the ball from a human player (made easier by the giant target of our catching net), we would pass the ball off to 3539 and then play defense against the opposing alliance’s main scorer. In the quarterfinals, we faced the second seeded alliance, which included our friends and alliance partners from when we won the World Championship in 2012, Team 16 – The Bomb Squad. After three intense matches, the third including a record setting number of fouls on both sides, our alliance emerged victorious and moved on to the semifinals. After losing the first match (by 27 points), we came back strong in the second and won 215-151, forcing a third match. The outcome of the final round was 171-147 in our opponent’s favor.

However, this year there was also a new award structure at the championship, where technical awards were given out at the division level instead. We were honored and delighted to have won our division’s Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox for our unique strategy of play and catching ability!

Lenape Seneca Event Recap

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After winning the Engineering Inspiration Award, becoming event Finalists at our first District Event at Hatboro-Horsham, and taking the Mid-Atlantic Robotics region by surprise with our unique and innovative design, there was again quite the buzz online about how Team 25 would perform at the Lenape-Seneca MAR District event. Chief Delphi’s Looking Forward mentioned us once again in his Week Four Post:

“25 took a different approach to Aerial Assist than most teams, and right now are looking pretty smart, despite only having a silver medal.”

After taking one of the highest total assist points (330) in week one of MAR and ranking 8th in MAR points, we felt confident in our robot’s design, driver capability and strategic role on the field as we entered our second competition of the season.

This time, the pit crew and trailer arrived without any pre-competition roadside accidents to load in on Friday afternoon. With the exception of having to replace some recalled pneumatic air tanks for ones provided by FIRST, we moved through robot inspection with no problems at all.

In our Saturday morning practice matches we impressed teams with a couple of catches and felt good going into the qualification rounds. While the drive team warmed up, juniors Sarah Sleiman and Keertana Chirra spent the entire afternoon interacting with judges, sharing our team’s story, robot design, and community outreach efforts. In between small  repairs and regular robot maintenance, Seniors and pit crew leaders Tristan Tushinski and Urmil Shah answered questions about our robot for any scouts from other teams.

Our elimination alliance at the Lenape-Senece District Event. Photo courtesy of Team 1647.

Our elimination alliance at the Lenape-Senece District Event. Photo courtesy of Team 1647.

We ended the qualification rounds on Sunday ranked 5th out of 40 teams with an impressive record of 9-3, and the highest assist points in MAR and second highest of any Week 4 event (790). We were invited to join the 3rd seed alliance by our friends and alliance partners from Hatboro-Horsham, Team 1647, Iron Devils to see if we could go for the gold this time around. We completed our alliance by inviting Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors, from the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District in New Jersey. Before the beginning of the Elimination matches, the coaches, drive team members and head scouts from all three teams met for an alliance strategy meeting in one of the computer labs at 1647’s high school. We won the first quarterfinal match against the 6th seeded alliance (816, 1218, 708) with a score 224-113. Unfortunately, in the middle of our second quarterfinal match, one of our alliance partners’ pickup mechanisms stopped working, which rendered us unable to score the three assist cycles that gave us an edge. After taking it to a third match to determine who would advance to the semifinals, we suffered a narrow 4 point defeat.

At the end of the day the judges transitioned into the awards ceremony. Team 25 was selected as the recipient of the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox for our unique design and game strategy. We had a great time at Lenape High School and would like to thank all of the volunteers and Lenape Regional School District for helping make this event run as smoothly as possible. At the end of week 4, we are ranked in the top 15 out of 105 teams in the MAR Region and are optimistic about our chances of attending the MAR Regional Championship to be held April 9-12th at Lehigh University.

Hatboro-Horsham Event Recap

This past weekend, February 28 – March 2, Raider Robotix competed in our first official event of the 2014 competition season.

FRCGameSenseHHIn the week leading up to the MAR Hatboro-Horsham District Competition, there was some online buzz about how Team 25 would perform. On ChiefDelphi, Looking Forward, notorious for his event predictions, mentioned us twice. On the new online webshow, FRC Game Sense, four out of the show’s five hosts predicted Team 25 would either seed first at the event or be part of the winning alliance. We felt confident in our robot and design strategy coming into the event (that our new driver also had three weeks of practice under his belt helped too).

In typical Raider Robotix fashion, we encountered transportation issues on the way to the event. Unlike our battery cart falling off of a bus onto the NJ Turnpike in 2007, running out of gas on the way to kickoff in 2008, or having a bus break down on the way to Championships in 2012, this time the battery in the truck we rented to transport the robot to the competition had died.

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 10.38.34 PMOnce the robot finally arrived at the event, we set up our pit display, which included a new pit banner and a 7% scale 3-D printed model of our robot. Our pit was located right next to the robot inspection station, so we received a lot of attention from all of the teams passing by. In the room full of robots with catapults and other launchers, our dedicated catching robot stood out in a good way. We happily demoed the robot’s functions to everyone who asked.

3D Printed RobotIn our practice matches Saturday morning, we performed two successful catches and felt good heading into the qualification rounds. Unfortunately since this was a week one event, there were a variety of field issues and inconsistent referee calls. After playing 12 qualification matches, we had a 6-6 record and were ranked 16th out of the 40 teams attending. Ignoring the field issues that decided the outcome of several of our matches, we all believed we played and strategized well enough to be a top pick during the alliance selections. Our friends on Team 1647, the Iron Devils from Tabernacle, NJ, seeded third and selected us as their first round draft pick. We then rounded out our alliance with Team 2234 from Newtown Square, PA.

We swept the quarterfinals in two matches, posting the highest scores in the series. In the first quarterfinal match, our robot caught two balls, one of which was a last second buzzer beater! In the video below, you can hear the crowd erupt in excitement!

We then went on to win our semifinals in two matches, advancing us to the finals to play against the number 1 alliance consisting of Teams 2590, 341, and 272. In the finals our alliance partners experienced some mechanical difficulties that prevented us from playing to our full potential and we lost in two matches. However, the powerful #1 alliance was very deserving and we congratulate them on the win!

Hatboro-Horsham TrophiesIn addition to winning the District Finalist award at the competition, we were ecstatic to have been selected by the judges as recipients of the District Engineering Inspiration Award! The Engineering Inspiration award “Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community” and is one of the top honors in FIRST. Our team will go on to compete against the five other MAR Engineering Inspiration Award winners at the MAR Championship held at Lehigh University in April. We also received a peer “Stormie” award from Team 2729, STORM Robotics, for our robot’s creative design.

Our next competition is March 22-23 at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ.

FTC Teams Compete at Liberty Science Center

On January 5th, 2013 all four North Brunswick FTC teams attended the NJ FTC Liberty Science Center Qualifier hosted by Team 4220, the Landroids. Two teams, FTC Team 3568, the ICE Wolves, and FTC Team 6508, the Radioactive Raiders, already qualified for the New Jersey State Championships and were at the event to help out by evening out the number of teams attending. The other two teams, FTC Team 2825, and FTC Team 3719, the Rampage Raiders, were at the qualifier fighting for a spot to go to the New Jersey State Championships.

Each team competed in five qualification matches at this event. At the end of the qualification matches, the top four teams each chose one partner to join their alliance to play in the elimination matches. These final matches would determine the final winners of the competition.

The ICE Wolves pose for a photo with their robot at the Liberty Science Center Qualifier.

The ICE Wolves pose for a photo with their robot at the Liberty Science Center Qualifier.

Since this was a qualifier event, the two North Brunswick FTC teams that had already qualified for the state championship were asked not to compete in the elimination matches in order to give other teams a chance to qualify. As such, FTC Team 3719, the Rampage Raiders, was chosen to be in alliance with FTC Team 6337, the Metal Marauders. In the end they came in forth after losing in semi-finals. FTC Team 2825 played and tried very hard, yet were seeded 8th out of 30 teams and were not chosen to be apart of an alliance. However, they will be trying and playing even harder to qualify for states as they compete this upcoming Saturday at the Frozen Frenzy Qualifier at the Timothy Christian School in Piscataway. We wish them and the other teams attending good luck and look forward to seeing them at states.

We would like to thank Liberty Science Center and the Landroids for organizing and hosting this competition. The event went smoothly and was a fun event for everyone in attendance. We’d also like to thank North Brunswick alum and FTC FTA and Referee Howard Cohen for being there to support our teams.