Arizona Valley Regional Recap
In the 3rd week of March, our team traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to compete in the Arizona Valley Regional. We ranked 8th among a field of 35 teams. Being the 8th ranked captain, we were invited by the 3rd ranked captain to join their alliance. We fought hard on the competition field but lost a tiebreaker match in the semi-finals. One of our alliance partners ran into major issues with their robot and we were not able to proceed to the finals. But our efforts this year and from prior years did not go unrecognized. We earned the Engineering Inspiration award which "celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school or organization, and community. Inspiring others to respect science and technology requires passion, knowledge and commitment, and we recognize these qualities through this award."
Central Valley Regional Recap
In the 5th week of March, our team traveled to Fresno, California to compete in the Central Valley Regional. We ranked 6th among a field of 32 teams. Being the 6th ranked captain, we were invited by the 3rd ranked captain to join their alliance. We fought hard on the competition field but lost during the semi-finals. We left the competition with the Creativity Award, which "Celebrates creativity that enhances strategy of play and was intentionally designed and not discovered". We won because our robot did not use pneumatics and our design of our climber which featured a windmill styled mechanism.
World Championship Recap
In mid-April, our team traveled to Houston, Texas to compete in the World Championships. With six divisions of roughly 75 teams each, over 450 teams were present! The George R. Brown Convention center hosted over 35,000 attendees at this event! It was an amazing experience to compete on the field with the best teams from all over the world. We not only competed well on the field, many of our team members took advantage of many workshops put on by other teams and various organizations.