Walk With Us

Funny thing about these FIRST competitions. There’s an awful lot of video out there. You’ll see the winning team from the stands and you’ll see them from the floor as they come down *from* the stands, but you seldom see a team’s eye view. As a mentor for Raider Robotics, when they earned that walk at the Virginia Regional I was able to capture that view.

So here’s your opportunity to walk down to the stage, pick up a medal, pose for photos, the whole nine yards.

Feel the excitement?

FTC Champion’s Challenge


Champion's Challenge field set up

As many teams in all levels of FIRST gear up for the World Championships in St. Louis, last Saturday at DeVry University there was a local FTC Champion’s Challenge.  Eight teams who have all earned their way to St. Louis from the  NJ/Philly area practiced against each other in a scrimmage. A huge shout out to the Landriods, Lancers, Say Watt, and the NJ FTC committee, you guys were like family the entire season!

Divisions are out!

Divisions are out! It’s hard to believe it’s already time to think about St. Louis.

Kind of sad we are not in Galileo for a chance to have a complete set of flags from every field…

Oh well, off to Newton, check out some of your other favorite teams. here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/content.aspx?id=432

You can click on the team list to see what division your team is in.

Award at Virginia Regional

I’m not sure how I forgot to mention this when I wrote about our win at the Virginia Regional, but I did.

On Saturday Raider Robotix was awarded the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox.

If you check the Award Documentation on the FIRST site, you’ll find that the celebrates “creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play.”

Judges noted our tires’ diamond shape cut, and how fast our lift system is.

Win at Virginia Regional

Wow! We’re feeling pretty darned good after winning the 2011 Virginia Regionals this afternoon with our alliance partners 1676 and 1522. Yesterday’s qualification matches went very well but today’s play was quite challenging, even tense at times.

Funny thing. We didn’t perform all that well in the New Jersey Regional. We learned from that and figured we’d play in Virginia, have a good time, and that would be that. But after today we really want to attend – and win – the Championships in St. Louis!

There’s just one problem: money. We’ve got to find a whole lot of it in a very short time to turn the St. Louis dream into reality. (Hint: If you see us fundraising, well, we sure hope you’ll help!)

There are lots of pictures and video from the past few days to share and we’ll be doing that just as soon as we have something better than hotel bandwidth.

But right now it’s time for some sleep.

Thanks to our sponsors, coaches, mentors and parents for their untiring support and help.

Virginia Regional 2011 Championship Team 25

Photo by Will Weaver - see his photostream on Flickr