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!
After three long days at the East Super-Regional in York, PA (April 3-5, 2014), the girls have a lot of which to be proud. Although they came up just short of a trip to the world championship, they had their best robot performance of the year, finishing 16th out of 36 teams in their division despite the fourth hardest schedule. They also had the fourth highest ranking points in their division; a feat that is difficult to achieve. Their four wins in eight matches were very impressive and could have easily been six, they lost two very close matches that came down to the final seconds. They received serious consideration from several teams as an alliance partner for the final rounds but unfortunately they were not picked for the elimination rounds.
On the judging side, they had a clear goal going in and were aiming to win the Motivate Award, described below.
Guidelines for the Motivate Award:
- Team demonstrates respect and Gracious Professionalism to all
- Team functions as a cohesive unit to discover the goals of the program
- Team can articulate the journey of becoming a team of individuals with different roles
- Team has formed and can articulate internal processes to assign roles and communicate between team members
- Team attitude of celebration and spirit is consistent throughout the team and the competition
- Team is enthusiastic
- Team functions well as a unit
- Team enthusiasm is evident in community outreach