Well, our girls did it once again! They aced the interview, impressed the judges, and showed a tremendous amount of support for one another and the other teams. Even during the times of disappointment, when their robot did not perform as well as they had hoped due to connectivity issues (not mechanical, they were pleased at that!) they stayed positive, enthused, and energetic.
Though only winning one match, they ended up walking away winners…twice!
They were first honored to win the prestigious THINK award for the best Engineering Journal (link below). This labor of love (their baby) is the product of the entire team, but under the strict guidance and organization of Renee Ong and Emily Fiorentino. They really have made this their pride and joy. We will show it to you sometime.
Their second, and quite surprising, win was the Second Place Inspire Award (link also below) for best all around team. Though their robot did not perform as well as they would have hoped yesterday, many of the judges remembered them from the Gator Bowl where their robot was in tip top shape (winning Inspire and First Place Winning Alliance), the team wowed the judges in all of the other areas, from the aforementioned journal to motivation, community connections, and design.
The 2nd Inspire win earned them an invitation to the East Super Regional Tournament (3rd year in a row!) at the University of Scranton, March 18-20. i2r from Westport and the Greens Farms Academy team, the Draganoids, will be joining them.
Also, the team has decided to graciously give up their spot at the Vermont Tournament this coming weekend in order to allow another team on the waiting list a chance to compete.
We are so proud of the team for all of their hard work this season. Though we only have one week left of winter sports, we are working with the girls to try to allow them time for both spring sports and final robotics prep. The girls plan to do a bit of a redesign to improve their robot.
We wil post a spot on the robotics webpage this week; I will forward the link as soon as it is ready.
Renee Ong won one of two honors at this event. She won Dean’s List Finalist. http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/deans-list This gives her the unique opportunity to attend the World Festival in March for FTC, meet Dean Kamen, and attend special ceremonies. Out of all of the submissions, she could be one of the 10 lucky winners that earn scholarships, a trip to FIRST headquarters, and more. Way to go Renee!
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!