Tucker duty

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Tucker has grown quite a bit in the 2 1/2 months since Rebecca first began caring for him.

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No, Tucker. You shouldn’t eat that piece of metal.

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I had driven Rebecca around the corner for Tucker duty this day because skies were drippy. When the weather is bad, which has often occurred during this wicked winter, I play taxi driver and then read in the car while Rebecca puppy-sits.

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The snow berm was still hanging around in early April. Not very springlike.

4.3.14

Winners!

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Our elated team dashed back to the pits to celebrate!

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Congratulating the rookie Radical Jays on their strong 2nd-place finish.

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During the following ceremony, our team accepted the District Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox. The Creativity Award “celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play,” as determined by the blue-shirted judges who observed our team/robot throughout the competition.

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[photo credit: Ms. P, lead mentor's eldest daughter:]

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Here’s our 1st place trophy!

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Each winning team member and mentor received a medal, too!

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We continued cheering as other teams received their awards. We especially congratulate and thank our alliance partners: RoboDawgs #288, Truck Town Thunder #68, and Freeland Fabricators #5166!

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With God’s grace, it IS possible to go from being ranked 32nd of 40 robots to WINNING the competition in a matter of a few hours!

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We invited the Radical Jays to join us for one more photo with our banner. What an amazing conclusion to our crazy rollercoaster weekend!

3.22.14
Team 4819
Flat Mountain Mechanics
Great Lakes Bay Region FIRST District Competition
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

finals!

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Before final matches commenced, drive teams from the 2 standing alliances shook hands. The team captain of the RoboDawgs, wearing the 7th-seed jersey, was present with our alliance even though their robot was no longer competing. We were up against the 4th-seed alliance, led by the Radical Jays #5231. Yes—we were battling against the nearby rookie team that we’d been mentoring all year!

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Mr. P had an excellent vantage point behind the drive station.

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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Again and again, the Flat Mountain Mechanics would accept the ball from the Freeland Fabricators and run with it.

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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We won our first finals match with a wide margin!

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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Between finals matches, our pit captain brought a fresh battery to the field as there was no time to return to the pits.

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Alliance huddle.

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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And, more significantly, a prayer huddle!

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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The Flat Mountain Mechanics scored many of our alliance’s points, but we lost the 2nd finals match.

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Christian, wearing the blue human player jersey, stepped over to chat with the opposing Radical Jays’ team for a moment. Just one more match would decide the entire tournament!

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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Christian grinned as we scored a hot auton in the tiebreaker match!

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Charge!!!

[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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[photo credit: Mr. P, lead mentor]

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The Radical Jays defended those low goals mercilessly, but Truck Town Thunder worked to open a path.

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Our alliance won!!!

3.22.14
Team 4819
Flat Mountain Mechanics
Great Lakes Bay Region FIRST District Competition
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

Award Ceremony photos to follow:)