We received our first finalist trophy at The Grauer School tournament! The whole team was very surprised - our robot was not exactly in the best shape during the qualifications. We tried taking our intake mechanism off, but that made our robot malfunction because the code didn’t correspond with what was attached to the robot. We were all very frustrated because our robot didn’t move for one whole round!
After many struggles - our dedicated members worked through lunch break to get our robot working - we decided to reattach the intake mechanism and borrow a weight from another team (Shockwave 3848)to apply more pressure on the center wheels. Fortunately, after lunch break we scored all the points possible in autonomous and it worked beautifully. Unfortunately, we got stuck on the crater wall couldn’t move for the rest of the round. At least we got partial parking points in endgame!
Although we didn’t have the best robot performance, we think that this was an opportunity to learn to be flexible and to overcome our emotions and compromise to get the robots working. We truly believe that this meet has strengthened our cooperation as a team, as many changes were made last minute and everyone had to be on the same page. We got chosen by the 4th alliance (Fast and Curious), and we beat the 1st Alliance in a huge underdog win, and only lost by 17 points in the final match! We were very happy that our autonomous worked perfectly both finals rounds and it was awesome to finally win a semifinal round. All in all, this has been a great experience and an opportunity to practice gracious professionalism. We still have a lot to work on!