Our competitive season began with our first qualifying even in Gaylord, Michigan from March 16th to March 18th. Day one of qualifications went well, with five wins, one tie, and two losses. Day two didn’t go as well as the team had hoped, only bringing in one win and three losses. Hopes were very high for finals, regardless, due to the individual performance of the robot. Come alliance selection time, Seventh Alliance Captain, Team 5533 Electric Horse Power from Clio, Michigan, selected our team as their first choice for their final alliance. Completing the alliance was Team 5534, Onaway Onabots from Onaway, Michigan. Though the alliance was eliminated in quarter finals, the team was still thrilled to have made it very far. During the Awards Ceremony, the team received the Judges’ Award.
Our next competition was at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan from March 30th to April 1st. Day one of qualifications were very similar to the Gaylord meet, bringing in five wins, one tie, and three losses. Day two brought nothing but wins with the final three qualification matches. During Alliance Selections, the team was bumped up to the Seventh Alliance Captain. The team chose Team 4392, The Deceivers from Brimley, Michigan, and Team 5660, A.R.T. Atherton Robotics Team from Burton, Michigan, to compete in finals together. With this final alliance, the teams made it to Finals, where they went up against the Second Alliance, made up of teams 5501, The Bobcats from Burr Oak, Michigan, Team 3452, GreengineerZ from Berrien Springs, Michigan, and team 5547, The Talons from Hale, Michigan. Though the team put up a strong fight, we did not win Finals. The team was not upset at the loss, but were very happy about how far they made it. At the Awards Ceremony, the team received a District Event Finalist award and the Excellence in Engineering Award.
After the team’s two qualification events, everything was focused on fundraising to go to the State Competitions in Saginaw, Michigan from April 12th to April 15th. The team seemed very overwhelmed upon arrival, but quickly gained focus on what needed to be done. The team competed in the Dow Division, and soon realized how much more difficult this division was compared to the others. Day one of qualifications went very well, with six wins and two losses. Day two went well, with two wins and two losses. At the Alliance selections, the team was boosted to Eighth Alliance Captain. We chose Team 4810, I AM Robot from Clinton Township, Michigan, and Team 6538, Linc-Bots from Ypsilanti, Michigan. We were eliminated in Quarter Finals, competing against the First Alliance.
At the end of the State Championship, the team was invited to attend the World Championship in Saint Louis, Missouri from April 26th to April 29th. The team was extremely overwhelmed with the size of the competition, but remained focused on their objective. We competed on the Archimedes Field. Their first day of qualification matches brought in three wins, giving the team a positive outlook on the rest of the competition. Day two brought in only two wins and five losses, bringing spirits down. Due to the many interviews from judges, the team remained hopeful they may receive an award. During the Archimedes-Daly Awards Ceremony, the team received the Judges’ Award. The team representatives, Elizabeth King and Sean Staricha, were very excited to receive the award on behalf of the team.