The team competed in the FTC CT state championships on Saturday at GFA. 24 teams from the tri-state area earned a spot at this event by performing well at a pervious CT qualifier (our own Gator Bowl or the Loomis Chafee Shakedown). The team wowed the judges in the interview, leaving them wanting more information from the girls about all of the engineering, design, and community outreach they are doing. The judges frequented their pit during the day to talk more about their robot, efforts, teamwork, and what makes RoboEpic so unique. On the game field, the robot (and human drivers) won 4 out of 5 matches, with two personal/team/robot high scores of 302! Ranking 5th at the end of match play, the top seeded team, the Kingswood Oxford Wyveryns, chose RoboEpic as their first alliance partner; that is a huge honor! Along with “Watt’s Up” from NJ, the three lost in the semi finals 2-1. But all in all it was a successful day. During awards ceremonies, the team won the THINK award, for best engineering notebook. They also won Second Place INSPIRE for all-around team. With this award comes an invitation to the next level, East SuperRegional Championship in Scranton, PA (March 19-21) where 72 of the best teams from Virginia to Maine will compete for the coveted 25 spots at the World Tournament in St. Louis in April. Good Luck, RoboEpic!
In the NY [Empire] Championships on Sunday @ PACE University, though the robot was not as reliable this time around, the team won the Motivate award (team spirit and teamwork), was nominated as 2nd place in the PTC Design award (robot design and aesthetics), and came in 3rd place in the Think award (for best engineering journal). While this is very impressive recognition, it didn’t earn us a spot in Super Regionals – we’ll get another chance on March 7th at CT states @ GFA.
As of today, all levels of robotics here at GA are fully operational. RoboEpic, FTC 5017, is hard at work building a new robot for this year’s game, Cascade Effect. They are learning more about mecanum wheels,and how to build the best chassis for this drive type. Both FLL teams are well on their way to making a physical prototype for their solution to the theme, World Class this year, and are busy learning the EV3 programming language to complete the missions on the board. The Middle School club starts today, as well as the Lower School Serendipity program. As of now GA has 60 students involved in robotics throughout the three divisions. As an essential part of the growing STEM initiative here at GA, robotics is a signature program that offers students after-school options for developing their STEM interests, which compliment any STEM offerings they are taking part of during the school day.