More State Championship!

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The 2014 FRC Michigan State Championship was an amazing experience for our Flat Mountain Mechanics. I tried to limit the number of photos posted here on my blog, but more pics can be found in this flickr album.

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

Match 64 with Truck Town Thunder was our highest scoring match of the weekend. We won 310 to 64!

YouTube videos are available for most of our matches at this competition. To find them, click on this page and scroll down to the Michigan State FRC Championship section. The left column of that chart displays icons linked to YouTube clips.

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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[photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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 [photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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Autonomous high hot goal in Match 109 with Las Guerillas.

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 [photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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 [photo credit Daniel Ernst]

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Another win! Our record for the entire competition was 8-4 and we ranked 14th of the 64 teams at state!

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State of Michigan Governor Snyder visited and spoke for several minutes. We are extremely grateful for his support of STEM and robotics programs! Governor Snyder championed a State of Michigan grant that funded the majority of our robotics expenses this year! Without that grant, our season would have looked much different.

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The Senior Vice President and Director of one of our major sponsors, American Mitsuba, drove downstate just to visit us!

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Loud, boisterous music filled the arena. Rebecca modified the motions to the YMCA song a bit:)

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Aunt Bianca drove over from Grand Rapids for most of Saturday’s competition. We thank her and our other family members who support our team in spirit!

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Our best news arrived with the award ceremony Saturday evening…the Flat Mountain Mechanics qualified for the 2014 World Championship!

Points accumulated from the district and state competitions ranked us 30th out of Michigan’s 277 teams! St. Louis, Missouri, here we come!

4.11.14 – 4.12.14
Team 4819
Flat Mountain Mechanics
Michigan State Championship
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

State Championship!

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Successful district performances earned the Flat Mountain Mechanics a spot in the FRC Michigan Championship!

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We traveled 2 hours south to Ypsilanti, where Eastern Michigan University hosted the competition.

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Our drive team is intense—even during Wednesday’s practice matches. Check out their facial expressions!
[I snapped this photo from the balcony with Mr. K's amazing telephoto lens. Now I know what I'm saving up for next:]

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Strategizing with Killer Bees and the Charge before Match 35.

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Our drive team girls.

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In the queue, Christian often studies the inner workings of other robots.

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More strategizing in preparation for Match 51.

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And waiting.

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Robot 2054 tipped itself over, and I overheard a ref confirm that it was no one else’s fault. Our bot was nowhere near them. This one was NOT Rebecca’s fault:)

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Rookie team 5053 was playing such persistent defense that alliance member 1918 helped wedge us in to score at the last second. Another win, making our record 3-2 so far!

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Checking for damage.

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Yikes! With just an hour before the next match, our pit crew must replace the bent “intakerator” axle.

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Whew. It works!

Up next, 1 more post
covering the remaining day-and-a-half of our state competition.

4.9.14 – 4.11.14
Team 4819
Flat Mountain Mechanics
Michigan State Championship
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

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.

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