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Team 4717, The Mechromancers, represented Hagerty Robotics at the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship in Davie, FL on Saturday, Feb. 25th.
Out of almost 200 teams in Florida, only the top 28 teams are invited to compete at the state championship.
During the competition, they played six qualifying matches and won them all. They were the only undefeated team going into the semifinals and finals. Ultimately, they won the entire championship undefeated! They also won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for their unique robot.
They will advance to the national competition in Athens, GA where they will compete against the top teams in the nation during Spring Break.
Sixteen students represented Hagerty Robotics in the presentation portion of the competition and did extremely well. Thanks to Matthew Mason, Austin English, Aashni Patel, Haven Carter, Anjali Poorandatt-Manarang, Tori Guise, Katie Guise, Tom Pothen, Drew DiMaggio, Greshan Naidoo, Zachary Irving, Pranav Sharma, and Mason Dettman for being so supportive in the stands and stepping in when help was needed.
Big shout out to the robot driving team consisting of Nicholas Injo, Andrew Pereiro, Rajiv Narayanan, and Neel Maity. Programming team consists of Ryan Nelson and Neel Maity.
Kudos to our mentors, especially Don Harper, who is instrumental to the team's success! A special thanks to Mrs. Mason for driving and chaperoning. We had super parents (Mr. and Mrs. DiMaggio and Ms. Carter) who showed up to cheer and support us as well.
Hagerty Robotics is coached by Po Dickison and Stefan Ibarguen. Mentors are Ian Nelson and Brad Steinebronn, from Siemens, Brad Cope from NAWCTSD, and Don Harper from UCF.
Thank you to all our sponsors, members, parents, teachers, and administration for supporting the program!
Every year, the challenge or "game" is revealed in September and teams from all over the world take on this challenge by designing, prototyping, manufacturing, building, and programming a robot that can score the most points. In addition to this, teams must document their build season by keeping an engineering notebook and submitting a 3 minute team video. Teams must also participate in many community service projects as well as give a presentation in front of a panel of judges and demonstrate their robot functions and designs to the technical judges.
This year's challenge is called Velocity Vortex. For more information about FIRST and robotics, visit http://www.firstinspires.org.
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Team 4717 played in matches 5, 9, 15, 29, 33, and 38. Semifinals and finals were played on field 1. Start and finish times for each match are below.
- Match 5 – 7:44-11:54 (Red Alliance Wins 205-130)
- Match 9 – 29:33-33:45 (Red Alliance Wins 265-125)
- Match 15 – 1:03:10-1:09:52 (Blue Alliance Wins 165-95)
- Match 29 – 3:14:28-3:18:11 (Blue Alliance Wins 275-160)
- Match 33 – 3:35:25-3:39:18 (Blue Alliance Wins 230-180)
- Match 38 – 4:01:21-4:05:27 (Red Alliance Wins 225-130)
Semi – Finals (Best 2/3 Advances to Finals):
- Match 1 – 5:25:37-5:34:16 (Red Alliance Wins 240-160)
- Match 2 – 5:43:28-5:48:59 (Red Alliance Wins 200-130)
Finals – (Best 2/3 Wins the Championship):
- Match 1 – 6:10:52-6:15:18 (Red Alliance Wins 215-185)
- Match 2 – 6:33:04-6:37:02 (Red Alliance Wins 250-155)