Despite being postponed due to a snow storm (and almost another), the Gator Bowl 2016 was a success! The third annual CT FTC qualifying tournament was held at Greenwich Academy on Saturday, February 6th, and brought together teams from all over Connecticut. Revved up to compete, the teams were prepared with their unique robots, stellar engineering notebooks, and tons of team spirit! The day was action-packed as this year’s challenge “Res-Q” is just that: a challenge! With debris all over the field, climbers on zip lines, and a steep 45 degree mountain to climb, the teams brought robots designed to tackle such feats. The teams worked through malfunctions, connection issues, and multiple robot flips and tumbles with the gracious help of volunteers and referees. Everyone had fun demonstrating their feats of engineering and design, walking away with various awards and accolades for their hard work.
But the best news was received at the end of the day. GA’s home team, RoboEpic 5017, was ranked third after qualification matches with a 4/5 winning record. After being picked by the first ranked team, #40 Hax from Loomis Chaffee, the pair went on to win in the semifinals (2-0), and swept the finals with a 2-0 win. The team really saw their hard work and efforts pay off today! At the end of the day, the team was awarded the highest honor for an FTC event; the coveted INSPIRE AWARD. This is the first time in history of the team that RoboEpic has won first place for this Champion’s Award. They walked away with their heads held high and their hearts filled with joy and pride.
Up next for RoboEpic is the CT FTC State Tournament to be held on Feb. 20th at GFA in Westport, CT. Here they will be able to again demonstrate their innovation and teamwork, and hopefully they will take home the State INSPIRE Award, and earn a ticket to Super Regionals to be held in Scranton, PA in March. Way to go, RoboEpic, and good luck!
Just in time for the Super Bowl! Come watch unique robots compete for the coveted INSPIRE Award!
The third annual (and second rescheduled) FTC CT qualifier The Gator Bowl will be held THIS SATURDAY 2/6 at Greenwich Academy from 8am-5pm in the Cafeteria. Come one, come all to watch high school students from all around CT compete with their innovative machines. There will be a Hack-A-Thon station where students and spectators alike can try their skills hacking, programming, and learning to code. Plenty of concessions and tons of fun! Click here to learn more about the event. Teams are pre-registered, but spectators are welcome to attend free of charge. Please consider bringing a pet item as an alternative to a spectator entry fee; all good will be donates to PawsforLove, Inc on behalf of GA’s high school team, 5017 RoboEpic.
Due to the forecast of snow in the lower Fairfield and surrounding areas, Greenwich Academy will be closing the campus for Saturday, January 23, 2016.
The Gator Bowl will be postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016. We are evaluating the number of teams that can attend based on the space availability on campus that day. We thank you for your understanding and are working with the CT FTC affiliate partner and FIRST to make new arrangements.
We will contact volunteers and teams with information for the new date (2/6/2016). We apologize for the inconvenience. Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time. We will reply in a timely manner.
On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Greenwich Academy’s Upper School robotics team, FTC 5017 RoboEpic, will be hosting the 3rd annual Gator Bowl. This high school robotics competition is an official Connecticut FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying event. The event will be held in Raether Gymnasium from 8:00am – 5:00pm. It will be an exciting day of innovation, engineering, and head-to-head robot-battle-fun!
Exceptional teams will earn a spot at the CT State FTC Championship Tournament to be held at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT on Saturday February 20, 2016. From there teams can earn a spot at the FTC Super Regional East tournament held in March at the University of Scranton (PA).
We will have a special guest at this event: Yvonne Thevenot, from 4Riise.org and STEM Kids NYC, will return to GA once again to host a Hack-a-thon during the event. Teams, guests, and spectators are welcome to venture to her booth in the pit area to learn to code, hack, and create! We will also have an admission table, as well as information on GA’s premier STEM camp (gr 5-8), i2.
This event is free to the public to attend; please come root on RoboEpic and the other 23 teams from around Connecticut, including two new teams from Brunswick and Greenwich High school. Please consider bringing a pet item as a donation as an alternative to an spectator entry fee; RoboEpic will donate all goods collected to PawsForLove.Inc.
Preparations are set, concessions are donated, t-shirts are one the way, volunteers are trained, and the robots are ready! The second annual Gator Bowl, CT’s high school FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament is set for Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Raether Gym at Greenwich Academy. Come watch the amazing engineering feats and teamwork that will be presented. Consider donating a canned good if you are a spectator; proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Hosted by FTC 5017 RoboEpic of Greenwich Academy.