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After a long day of competition yesterday, FTC 3749 WaWIFATuM has won 5 out of 7 qualifying matches and is ranked 9th out of 36 teams in its division. The robot is very strong and it as well as driver Paul Whittington are both putting on a strong and impressive performance. One more qualifying match this morning followed by Alliance Selection for the Elimination Rounds which they are fairly certain to make. There is still time to make the 2-hour drive to the York Expo Center in York, PA to watch them earn a spot in the World Championships in 3 weeks! Come cheer us on! Go Coyotes!
After more than a year of communication failures frequently preventing its robots from working, Team 965 finally identified and fixed the problem so its robot worked during every match. In fact, it worked so well that, other than a loose screw resulting in a lost gear during its first match, the robot required no repairs or programming changes through the entire event. Successfully scoring in the Autonomous period in 8 out of its 9 matches (probably the reason it received the “Control Award” for the second straight tournament), Team 965 jumped to the top of the rankings after the first match and effectively stayed there all day.
Finishing Qualifying ranked 1st in the Kamen Division, they captained the top-ranked alliance for the Elimination round after inviting two strong teams to join them. They breezed through the semi-finals and the finals, winning two-straight at each level to win the Division Championship!
Team 3749, 1st picked team in the previous week’s Championship Alliance, also jumped to the top of the rankings after its first match and finished Qualifying undefeated and ranked 1st in the Flowers Division. They also captained the top-ranked alliance to victory through semi-finals and the finals, losing only one match in the semi-finals when their partner incurred a penalty.
They accomplished this despite being banged up in almost every match. Once an opposing robot managed to accidentally push the Off Button on their robot and another time an opponent accidentally pulled out some communication wires! Fortunately, they had good alliance partners to save them during those matches.
Both Champion Teams would like to thank their coaches and mentors, as well as all the parents and family members who came out to cheer us on to victory. As a special thank you to Andrew Hazel, the only other student to come out to support us, he will receive a free Coyote Robotics T-shirt.
Both teams have now qualified for the FTC Virginia State Championship Tournament March 2, 2014, at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center in Richmond. We anticipate participating in other tournaments before then. All the events are free so come out and join the excitement!
Gary T. Lindner
GWCS Robotics Teacher
Coyote Robotics Team Coach
Below is a photo of two robots hanging from the beam in the endgame.
Below is a photo of Robot 965 carrying blocks.
Saturday, Dec. 7, the two GWCS/Coyote Robotics teams, FTC 965 Shark Mafia and FTC 3749 WaWIFATuM, went to St. Christopher’s School in Richmond to participate in the FTC Central Virginia Qualifying Tournament. The event was actually two simultaneous tournaments with 21 teams in each division.
Both robots go off to a good start. Returning to the pit after each match for diagnostics, repairs and programming changes.
After 7 matches each in the qualifying rounds, FTC 964 was ranked 10th in their division and FTC 3749 was ranked 4th in theirs. 965 was picked by the 3rd-ranked Alliance Captain as their first choice partner. (The 4th-ranked Alliance Captain, who was obviously not paying attention, tried to select them also!) 3749 was picked by the 2nd-ranked Alliance Captain as their first choice partner.
965 again suffered the same wiring problems we have been trying to troubleshoot for over a year and their alliance fell in the semi-final round.
3749’s alliance cruised through the semi-finals with Paul Whittington driving and scoring like a pro, lost the first match in the finals (with the other two teams in the alliance playing), and then won two straight with 3749 playing to take the Division Championship!
In the final match, their alliance partner suffered a communications failure leaving 3749 on their own against two robots. At the end of the match, reaching for the pull-up bar to earn 50 points, one of their hook arms failed! Fortunately, the one working arm was enough to lift the whole robot and win the match!
Congratulations to FTC 3749 team members Matt Cathell (Captain), Paul Whittington (Driver), Max Doyle, Jenna Brendler, J-P Fisch, Trevor Ferguson, Jon Rice, William McCarthy, Sam McKay (Coach) and Mr. Joe Brendler (Mentor). They have qualified for the State Championships in March.
Congratulations also to FTC 965 team members Matthew Firsching (Captain), Bobby Sunderland (Driver), Ryan Burns, Danny Saile, Ronan Taylor, Mr. Gary Lindner (Coach) and Josh Barton (Mentor) for bringing home another trophy. In addition to the competition, team 965 was Awarded the “Control Award”.
Thanks also to Ms. Bowen, Mr. Whittington, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Brendler and Mrs. Saile for driving us down and back, and to Mr. Saile, Danny’s Grandfather, Mr. & Mrs. Doyle and Mr. Fisch for coming down to cheer us on to victory!
Gary Lindner, GW Community School Robotics Teacher
About Coyote Robotics
Coyote Robotics is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to follow careers in math, science, and technology through the fun and engaging FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition.