2015-16 FIRST Res-Q Challenge
The 2015-16 season was our first competitive season in FTC. While we may have performed poorly, we learned about the competition and made friends with other teams. The most important thing that we learned this season was how to manage a project and plan it effectively. We unfortunately learned this lesson the hard way; a month before our first meet we did not have a functioning robot. This lesson quickly transferred to our 2016-17 year. Even after struggling to succeed in our matches we were selected to go to the alliance round.
2016-17 FIRST Velocity Vortex
The 2016-17 season contained many exciting activities including a trip to state, an inspire award, and a ton of new friends and partnerships. We went undefeated in the first meet and performed well at our second meet. We made it to the championship round at the regional tournament but came up short in the semi-finals. Since we preformed well in the meets we continued to advance to the conference qualifier. We teamed up with the Red Hot Techie Peppers and Ravonics Spitzer to go on to be the winning alliance. We received the first place Inspire award, first place Control award, and second place for the Motivate award. After taking third in pool play we fell short in the championship round at state. We learned many new things on how to be successful, be a good partner, and be graciously professional in victory and defeat.
“Team Chargers” (FTC Robotics team #9808) joined twenty-two other teams at the Missouri FTC Western Conference Qualifier at Harrisonville High School on Saturday, February 18th, six of whom would advance to the Missouri State Championship. Team Chargers earned a spot in this Conference Qualifier by finishing second overall in the NW Conference, winning eight of ten matches during the conference season.
Team Chargers swept through the preliminary matches of this Conference Qualifier Tournament undefeated, with a 4-0-1 record finishing with a 3rd place ranking and earning a position as an alliance captain for the elimination round. During alliance selection, team Chargers accepted an invitation to join the top ranked Red Hot Techie Peppers - team #4587 and Ravonics Spitzer - team #9801 (from Olathe NW HS) for the elimination matches. Our alliance won the semifinals round, two matches to one, with Team Chargers strongly contributing to both winning matches. Team Chargers then capped the day with a win in the finals to be crowned tournament champions.
In addition to being a part of the winning alliance, the Chargers were recognized by the judges for the following awards:
- Inspire Award (1st Place) - The description of this award reads: This judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FTC team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team demonstrates success in accomplishing the task of designing and building a robot. The judges remarks about Team Chargers were: “This team’s first year did not go as planned, and they realized dealing with stress is part of moving forward. Following a mentor presentation on getting organized, they were really charged up. After only two seasons, they are building a heritage.”
- Control Award (1st Place) - The description of this award reads: Mastering robot intelligence. The Control Award celebrates a team that uses sensors and software to enhance the robot’s functionality on the field. This award is given to the team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the field. The control component should work consistently on the field. The team’s Engineering Notebook must contain details about the implementation of the software, sensors, and mechanical control. In presenting this award, the judges commented: “This team in black took control with a strong autonomous performance. Their use of sensors was impressive. Their planning served as a catalyst for an organized strategy consistent with the team’s heritage of taking charge.”
- Motivate Award (2nd Place) - The description of this award reads: This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and exhibited enthusiasm. This team embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly demonstrates what it means to be a team. This is a team who makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.
Prior to advancing to the West Missouri Conference Qualifier, Team Chargers competed in two meets and one “FTC qualifying” tournament, held at Blue Valley CAPS. Among their accomplishments along the way:
- Team Chargers finished second among all teams competing in the 8 Northwest Missouri conference tournaments, winning 16 out of a possible 20 points in the two meets HCA competed in. (8 out of 10 matches played)
- The Chargers were awarded 3rd Place for the PTC “Design Award” at the Blue Valley CAPS qualifier tournament.
- The Chargers were chosen to be in one of four alliances for the elimination round semifinals at the Blue Valley CAPS qualifier.
- In all of the 702 total matches played in Missouri FTC, Team Chargers competed in matches recording the highest scoring match score (335) and also the 5th highest match score for the entire season.
- Team Chargers with our alliance partners had the 6th highest (205) and 8th highest (200) alliance scores for the entire Missouri FTC season.