From April 18th to April 22nd, we attended the FRC World championship in Houston, Texas! We performed amazingly on the Turing field, ending up in 3rd place by alliance selection, with a win-loss ratio of 14:3, our best of the season! Even with a team size much smaller than our other events this season, everyone worked incredibly hard to make up for it. Additionally, we couldn't have done it without everyone back home showing their support the entire time. Thanks to all our wonderful team members!
Our fantastic teammates allowed us to take everything we had learned from the past season and do our best when it mattered most. Despite being a near-skeleton crew in some areas, we worked just as hard as before and gave an amazing effort on all fronts, enabling us to perform as well as we did.
On the last day, after 112 qualification matches, thousands of fuel balls scored, and hundreds of rotors turned, came alliance selection. Ranked 3rd on the Turing field, we had the chance to create our own alliance. Our first two picks were 2046, Bear Metal, and 1595, The Dragons. When it came to the Worlds-unique 3rd pick, we chose 2907, Lion Robotics, who, like us at PNW, didn't have the best of luck at this event and were ranked low despite performing just as well as they did all season. We had ended up with a exclusively Pacific Northwest alliance.
We beat the 6th seed alliance in the quarterfinals, and soon realized that we now would have to face the 2nd seed alliance, who had one of the strongest fuel robots at the event. After an anxiety-provoking loss for our first semifinal match, we were able to push back and win both the second semifinal and the tie-breaker match, bringing us to the finals. From then on for the rest of the day, other PNW teams came over to Turing to cheer us on, chanting "P-N-W! P-N-W!". The energy and support was immensely heart-warming, seeing so many people we had competed against and bonded with this past season back home come together to support us. This is why we love being a part of FIRST! After realizing that we had a strong shot at Einstein for the first time in our team's history, Kevin Ross, the founder of FIRST Washington, told us that having an entire Pacific Northwest alliance perform this well was the best birthday present that he could ever have asked for.
After winning our first finals match, we played an incredibly close second match won by a single robot that climbed the rope and was ready for take-off! We had successfully reached Einstein for the first time in IRS history, and were the first PNW team to be an alliance captain on Einstein, with a complete PNW alliance nonetheless.
We enjoyed a long lunch break and unfortunately had to say goodbye to half of our team as they left to fly back home, although they continued to cheer us on and watch the livestream for as long as they could. Remaining team members then made their way to the Minute Maid Park Baseball Stadium for the Einstein matches. Along the way, our team was busy studying scouting data on other fields that other PNW teams had sent us. This provided us with data spanning 402 teams and that was collected over the course of 672 matches! On Einstein, while we lost every match but one - and we had to replay that win due to a field fault and lost - the experience at Einstein was truly unforgettable.
To finish out our post, we'd like to thank everyone at Worlds who supported our PNW alliance, and everyone back home who cheered us on from afar. You guys rock and we here at 1318 are so happy for you to be a part of our team. We'd like to congratulate the Houston winning alliance, and we are so proud of the PNW team (2928) that was part of that! Additionally, thank you so much to our students, mentors, parents, and sponsors for not only an amazing Worlds experience, but a fantastic season overall. We can't wait to see what our team accomplishes next year!
This last weekend the team competed at our first competition of the 2017 season at Auburn Mountainview High School. Our pit crew worked feverously to improve our robot throughought the event, and our drive team's excellent job playing in matches and working graciously and professionally with other teams raised us in the ranks and got us on an alliance with 3588 (The Talon) and 1258 (Sea Bots) that gave the alliance that eventually won the event (5803 - Apex Robotics, 4915 - Spartronics, and 3223- R.O.C.K.) a huge run for their money during quarterfinals.
We were awarded FIRST's Chairman's award, giving us a guaranteed slot in the PNW District Championship in Spokane in April! We give a huge thanks to our Chairman's crew for giving such an amazing presentation to the judges, as well as to everyone who worked on the award submission for their amazing work. We've posted our Chairman's video on the team's YouTube page, so go check it out!
Also, a huge thanks to our scouters for, despite this being their first ever FIRST competition, showed amazing dedication, focus, and spirit in the stands during matches, demonstrating an undying passion that we captains are all so proud to be a part of. Their work, along with our scouting technician's and scouting supervisor's hard work allowed our lead scout and lead strategists to create the best possible strategy for drive team throughout the weekend.
Thank you so much to all of our team members, our mentors and parents, team 2907 for hosting the event, to our alliance partners 1258 and 3588, and to all the teams there for being a part of FIRST and making this a great event!
Back in December, the captains and I were interviewed by a local magazine titled Above the Lake, which exclusively does stories about local families. In our interview, we were able to tell them about the team and what we do, as well as FIRST Robotics. The final article turned out great, and we were featured on the front page with the main article!! If you would like to read the article or share it with your friends and family, here's the link to download it:
We'd like to thank those at Above the Lake for publishing such an amazing article and giving us the chance to inform more people about who we are and what we do here in Issaquah. You guys rock. :-)
Recently Sarah Harrison created a study guide for this year's rules test! While this is a good tool to utilize for preparing for the test, studying only from it will not guarantee you pass the test, so we advise that you thoroughly read through the game manual so that you are fully prepared. Below we have attached a link to download the study guide for your use, as well as a link to the manual.
Team 1318 was graciously invited to the Spacelabs facility in Snoqualmie and given the opportunity to present FIRST, our team, and our robot, along with the opportunity to converse with a really smart engineering staff who gave us a tour of their building.
Spacelabs is a company that specializes in healthcare, and engineering healthcare that monitors the health of astronauts in space! They are based in Snoqualmie, Washington, and were very enthusiastic to learn about our team and FIRST.
Not only were we able to explain the mission of FIRST to them, but we were able to have fun in the process. The staff there was welcoming and explained how they operate as well as the huge variety of paths FIRST students can look at in the future.
By the end, we were walking out with a new sponsor, boxes of pizza, and Spacelabs merchandise. The team members that went had a great time and we hope that this is just the first step in a long journey with them!
On September 22nd, we had our orientation meeting for new members interested in joining team 1318! During the meeting, we explained what FIRST is and its mission, as well as what FRC specifically is all about. Rookies participated in an activity designed to give them a general idea on how our team runs, from getting a challenge to designing a product to presenting to a sponsor for materials, and finally working together to build the tallest structure possible with the materials provided. Finally, we played the 2017 FRC game teaser that FIRST released earlier in the week, which gave us our theme for the year and hinted at what the game might be. Check it out on YouTube if you haven't seen it!
For those of you who were not able to attend the orientation but would like to learn more about FIRST and the team, and as well as find out what you're in store for this year, we've included the powerpoint we played during the meeting you can download below.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need further information!