Kettering Competition Commences

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After early-Friday-morning adjustments in the pits, Team 4819 and their robot were ready to go.

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Collaboration with other alliance teams is essential in this year’s game. Before each match, drivers from the 3 teams on each alliance gather to discuss the abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of each robot, determining the best possible strategy against that particular opposing alliance.

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We started off the day by winning our very first match. I don’t have clear photos of it, but Rebecca’s last-second shot was spectacular. Check out the following YouTube video to observe her finesse:)

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Here’s Christian inbounding a ball to a robot on our alliance.

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The robot caught his inbound, so Christian returns to wait for another available ball.

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40 competing teams filled the Kettering Recreation Center. It’s a loud, crowded, and crazy event. Did I mention it was loud? This competition last year required the purchase of ear plugs. I promptly stuck in my earplugs this year, and it was still loud. For some reason the Kettering folks play often-obnoxious dance-mix-style music at rowdy-concert-level volumes throughout the weekend. As if the crush of the croud and cheering and shouting announcers weren’t enough. I saw quite a few other people with earplugs, but the rest of our team didn’t use any. I don’t know how they bear it.

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Here’s a view from the balcony of our low-goal shot.

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After a particularly well-played match, students celebrated our elevation to 5th place with a record of 5-3-0.

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3.7.14
Team 4819
Flat Mountain Mechanics
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

stay tuned for more…I’ll get through these pics eventually

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