2014 FTC Season Update

The holidays were a busy time for FIRST Robotics teams. In addition to anticipating the announcement of the 2014 FRC Game, North Brunswick’s five FTC teams (2825, 3719, 6508, 3568 and 7906) were playing this year’s game, Block Party, at NJ FTC Qualifying Events.

So far, three of the teams have qualified for the NJ FTC State Championship, which will be hosted at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in March.

Radioactive Raiders

Radioactive Raiders, winners of the Inspire Award and Winning Alliance Captain. [Left to right Samir Shah,Faheem,Coach Shan, Ashwin Venkat,Romit, Momin and Arjun]

FTC Team 6508, the Radioactive Raiders, qualified by being the Winning Alliance Captain and Inspire Award Winner for overall team excellence at the Livingston HS Qualifier on January 5th. Undefeated in the qualification rounds due to their autonomous scoring, they became the #1 Seed and invited Team 247, Fatal Error, and Team 3774, Hive Voltage, to join their alliance. They moved on to win the entire event. The Radioactive Raiders were also part of the Finalist Alliance at the Robo-CATastrophe qualifier earlier in November and have won many awards/nominations since their inception in 2012—including the distinction of a NJ Showcase Team for outstanding community outreach.

Radioactive Raiders

Ice Wolves, winners of the Gracious Professionalism Award. [left to right: ,Alka Nagar, Jonathan St.Ange, Keertnana Chirra]

FTC Team 3568, the ICE Wolves, was presented with the Gracious Professionalism award at Livingston for staffing many of the volunteering positions and assisting with the setup and tear down of the fields, scoring systems and concessions. They had already qualified for the State Championship by winning the Inspire Award at Robo-CATastrophe. FTC Team 7906 was the Winning Alliance Captain at the Liberty Science Center Qualifier.

FTC Team 2825, Raider Robot Riot, won the Motivate Award at Meets in Princeton and North Burlington.

Radioactive Raiders

FTC Team 2825, Raider Robot Riot.

We’re really proud of our FTC teams here at North Brunswick. Follow their journey on the collective North Brunswick FTC Robotics Facebook page.

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.