Mr. Witman and Dr. Kessner
Marlborough Robotics Teams at LA Regional Championship
On Saturday February 24 two of the Marlbotics Robotics teams (Marlbots 3526, Curiosity 11770) competed at the FTC LA/SoCal Regional Championship in Monrovia.
The Marlbots advanced to the 2018 FTC West Super Regional Championship in Spokane, Washington!
It was a long and exciting day, with both teams performing well in the robot game and working together to solve problems. Team Curiosity got off to a strong start in qualifying rounds but suffered from disconnection problems in the later rounds. Despite this they finished with the 12th best Offensive Power Ranking in their division and came away with a lot of knowledge they can apply to next year. Also, student Kyra ‘19 was one of only THREE students that qualified as a finalist for the “Dean’s List Award.” This award recognizes the leadership and dedication of the most outstanding robotics students and gives Kyra an invitation to the World Championship in Houston.
The Marlbots qualified fourth in their division and ended up as the captain of a very strong third seeded alliance. It was The Marlbots’ match to win or lose against the second seeded alliance. They pushed their semifinal elimination matchup to three rounds but a misaligned claw mechanism cost them the final round and they were eliminated from the robot game. However, the Marlbots won the Design Award for their unique “Ferris Wheel” Claw mechanism and the design process they used to create it. In addition, they won the 2nd Place Inspire award for overall team performance.