Wyoming FTC championship

Yesterday was the Wyoming FTC robotics tournament. I am one of the coaches for the Thermopolis team (Aluminati). We went 3 and 2 for the matches. That put us in 9th place out of 28 teams. Unfortunately, we weren't able to participate in finals.

However, our team did win the Motivate award, and we were a finalist for the Think award. I am super proud of the kids for both of those accomplishments.

Our Drive team after the end of the 5th match.
Our robot was designed with a pair of grabbers to pick up rings and place them on the scoring pegs. Robots that had a well implemented bucket for ring manipulation were the belles of the ball this year. It would certainly be easier to implement and easier to drive than our design. At least our robot was unique, if less efficient.

Heading to the tournament, we didn't have an autonomous program written. Without the proper sensors installed, we knew we wouldn't be able to do anything productive. So we did the next best thing, we made the robot dance for 30 seconds at the beginning of each match. We got a lot of positive comments from it. I tried to get the whole team dancing along with, and managed to succeed long enough to capture a vine of it.

The last thing that I'm super happy about, and want to tell you about is our scout team. I made a google form for each match. It was a simple entry of each of the 4 teams participating, and what each one did. I put 2 students with one iPad on each of the fields, and had them take notes on each match. We ended up with a really useful spreadsheet that had information on each team and what they did in each match. Had we broke into finals, we would have used all that information to help us pick alliance partners for the finals. It was really easy to set up, and I'm really glad that we did it.

Overall, it was a fantastic weekend, and I'm super proud of all of the kids involved in the team. Hopefully next year we can get more teams in the area, and have more opportunities to compete.