Bot Bash Champions!

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Now that it’s February of 2015, I figured I should finish this blogpost I started last fall. Way back in October, Rebecca was grinning at the GLBR Bot Bash.

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Once again, Christian’s programming code enabled our robot to score a 2-ball auton (when our alliance partner was unable to shoot autonomously).

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Rebecca tightened bolts between matches.

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So intense!

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For our two young people, I think the most difficult part of this competition was watching other teammates drive the robot! To fully optimize learning opportunities at this unofficial off-season event, two new drive teams joined our experienced drive team in a rotation. Of our 11 regular Bot Bash matches, Christian and Rebecca only “drove” 4 times. When they weren’t participating in a match, they were typically busy providing support for the robot and the “green” drive teams.

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A nonchalant pose by pro human player Christian:)

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After lunch we had risen to 4th place among the 20 or so robotics teams attending. As leaders of the 4th-seed alliance, our team’s clever strategists selected 2 hard-working rookie teams to join us in the elimination rounds. Our first choice was Team 5231, Shepherd’s Radical Jays, whom we’ve mentored occasionally and battled against (in a friendly way:) over the past year. The rookie Heritage ONE Hawkbots, Team 5229 from Saginaw, filled the third spot on our alliance.

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Here, Christian used his height to catch the ball trussed from an alliance partner, then quickly tossed the ball into our robot to collect more assist points.

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Our kids, with the experienced drive team, were chosen to play throughout the “playoffs” to give us the best chance at a win.

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Heading into the Finals, the girls of our main drive team paused a moment to pray.

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The 3 finals matches were extremely competitive. We were playing against 2 of the Bot Bash host teams–The Charge, 2619 of Midland and Team Phoenix, 703 of Saginaw–with many more years’ experience than our relatively new team.

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Victory!

You may watch videos of the Bot Bash Final Series Matches via YouTube:

GLBR Bot Bash – Finals-1

GLBR Bot Bash – Finals-2

GLBR Bot Bash – Finals-3

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Our team was also selected for the “Hottest Bot” award, presented by Saginaw’s Team Phoenix!

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These trophies were especially unique and classy. Many thanks to FIRST of the Great Lakes Bay Region for a terrific Bot Bash!

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10.18.14
Great Lakes Bay Bot Bash
Off-Season Competition
Midland, MI
Flat Mountain Mechanics Team 4819
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

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