I went to my first ever FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics tournament in November. We arrived at 7a.m., which required more than the average amount of effort. Our robot, in truth, was incomplete. Therefore, we would have to take all our time off from the tournament to work on our robot as much as we possibly could. We all rushed to the robotics room as soon as we could and decided to begin coding. Our code had color sensor issues, so we needed to make sure these issues were resolved.
The programmers (me included) had to code as soon as possible. However, Doug and Eli were our drivers, so we were short of programmers for the majority of the time. Kevin and I were coding until we heard the warning that we must bring our robot to the cafeteria to compete! The pressure to code was on our shoulders. We knew our code wouldn’t possibly be good enough, but we had to try. Our robot, surprisingly, carried our alliance and we won because of how the color sensor worked! After the match, we went back to coding until the next match and continued working between each one. Going into the 4th match we were leading the league in wins.
In the 4th match, we were against a team called Newton Busters. This team had won as many matches as we had, so we were quite excited. As soon as the game started, our robot wouldn’t start. We were crushed. We found out that one of our freshman drivers had pressed the start button too quickly due to his excitement. We weren’t mad, however, as we happened to win our 5th game, which put us in 2nd place.
Our team, Achilles Wheel, is currently ranked 3rd in our league (http://bit.ly/rr-east-leaguge) and 21st out of 174 teams in the state (http://bit.ly/rr-state-rankings). Fellow Highland Park team Vertigo is ranked 43rd in the state and Robot to the Knee is ranked 83rd. Deerfield High School teams Warrinators is ranked 53rd and Warbots is 103rd.
The next league event is Saturday, December 9th at 1pm at Highland Park High School. The event is free and we would love to show you why FIRST is more than a Robot: see https://goo.gl/fZGXUB.
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