On April 13-15th we competed at SVSU on the Dow Field at the Michigan FIRST State Championship. It was an incredible few days competing with some of the top teams in the state. 160 Michigan teams out of 451 total were qualified to compete for the State Championship title. Teams were separated onto 4 fields and the winners from those four went on to compete for the title.
After 12 qualification matches, we ended up on the 6th seed alliance with alliance partners, Team 67 - H.O.T. (captain) and Team 2960 - Automation Nation. Barreling through the playoffs all the way to the finals only to be taken down by the number 1 seed alliance (Teams 33, 2834 & 469) who went on to win the title of State Champs.
We finished as Event Finalists on the Dow Field, taking home another silver medal this season.
View our matches HERE.
Honored to win the Creativity Award for our robot which "Celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play" and acknowledged our teams' unique use of sensors and controls.
Our season so far with 2 District Events and the State Championship has left us ranked 28th in the state out of 451 teams and qualified us to compete in the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis Missouri on April 26-29th.
An incredible season that shows the strength of our team as a whole. Can't wait for Worlds!
HUGE thanks to our support team of Partners, Sponsors and Donors. Without you we could not do what we do!
Article in The County Press - 5 Robotics Teams Qualify for State Championships
Photos below credit to Daniel Ernst.
Our team after an amazing award winning competition!
Standing: Tony, Rob, Steve, Dave, Will, Alicia, Marshall, Bernadette, Matt, Grace, Trista, Scott, Sam
Front Row: Hunter, EliAna, Gavin, Jacob, Dawson, Sydney, Jon
Our team won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award as well as the award for being an Event Finalist.
After competing in 12 qualification matches, our team was ranked 1st out of 40 teams, making us the first seed alliance captain. For our alliance partners we chose Team 217 ThunderChickens and Team 1701 RoboCubs. It was an intense battle through the playoffs and in the very end we lost the tiebreaker to the 3rd seed alliance in the final matches.
Finishing second awarded us as Event Finalists!!
View our matches HERE.
We played consistently, worked well together to keep our robot at peak performance and held the highest match score in both the qualification and playoff matches. Due to our overall results from both District Events we are ranked 42nd in the state out of 451 teams and qualified to compete at the Michigan State Championship at Saginaw Valley State University along with 139 other teams!
We were honored to win the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award. This celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.
This was the first time our team has won this award and it truly shows how far we have come as a team and reflects who we are and strive to be! Not just for our members, but for our community as a whole. We love what we do and enjoy sharing that passion!
On April 12th we head out to SVSU to compete again and hope to qualify for the World Championship in St. Louis, MO.
Article in The County Press - Imlay City, Lapeer Robotics Teams Finish Strong
PICTURES FROM DAY 1: Practice matches and Chimeras on field reset duty!
PICTURES FROM DAY 2: Full day of qualification matches!
PICTURES FROM DAY 3: Morning finishing qualification matches then playoffs!
This year we've had some extra time in between competitions due to picking a week 2 and then week 6 event.
We've worked on the changes we wanted to make to our robot by using our practice bot. Then started to implement them using our 6 hours of "unbag" time. Speeding up our shooter and gear intake, perfecting our climber and finalizing some programming.
Happy with our progress so far and have 2 hours left to use tonight to make some final adjustments and test everything. Then Thursday we're off to our final District Event at Marysville High School hoping to do well enough to qualify for the State Championship next week!
Wish us well!
1-2: Practice bot prototyping 3-4: Unbag time adjusting Artemis 5: Programming 6-7: Making a pit addition for safety and creating spirit gear