Houston World Championship

IMG_0637 copyOn April 19th, the Robo Vikes had the pleasure and honor of attending the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition World Championship in Houston. We qualified for the championship by winning the title of Dallas Regional Winners. All members of the team had the incredible opportunity to attend this championship for the first time. Four students drove to Houston early Wednesday morning to unload all of our equipment and set up for the impending competition. Upon arriving, we were awestruck because we saw over four hundred teams. The venue was massive, housing six separate competition fields, two full size practice fields, and pit space for every team. We quickly got our pit set up and finished repairs so we could start practicing. We were assigned to the Turing division where we competed against 66 other teams. Persevering through many misfortunes on Thursday, we headed back to the hotel a little disappointed with our rank at 64. However, we came back ready to compete Friday morning. Our hopes buoyed all day as we won match after match, ending out the day ranked 5th, with a final win-loss record of 7-3. This put us, again, in the position to be choosing an alliance for playoffs. We came up with a pick-list late that night after much deliberation, going into alliance selection Saturday morning ready to create an alliance equipped to push through playoffs. We formed an alliance with three other teams: 4587 Jersey Voltage, 4468 the Fernbank LINKS, and 5960 the Mighty ROBO-RANGERS. cc 1With these amazing teams, we were able to come out victorious through Quarterfinals. IMG_8514Semi-finals were a tough fight against the number 1 ranked alliance. We pushed to a tie-breaker round before finally losing a very close match, knocking us out. In all, we had an amazing time, competing with the best teams in the world. While we may not have won, we had a wonderful time and accomplished many team goals. We had a fantastic year, and learned many new lessons setting us all up for a very successful future. And with that, our competition season has formally come to a close. Now, it is back to off-season and learning new things for next year!