This past weekend, our team attended the New England District Championships in the Agganis Arena in Boston. We competed with the top 64 teams in New England. The experience was amazing, as we were able to see teams exemplify their competitive spirit and the true values of FIRST both on and off of the field. Going into the competition, we were ranked 31st in New England. We had a couple of setbacks and some bad luck and finished the competition with a record of 4 wins and 8 losses. One highlight was our Safety team won Safety Star of the day on Saturday. When the competition ended, we finished 43rd out of 209 teams in the New England District. The top 38 teams were given invitations to the FIRST World Championship. We thought our season was over, however a couple of teams who ranked above us declined their invitation allowing us to move up and get invited! The team will be traveling to Detroit, MI next week where teams from around the world will be competing. The competition will be taking place at the Cobo Convention Center, and the awards ceremony at Ford Field, from April 25th to April 28th. Information for the event can be found here: https://www.firstchampionship.org/detroit-home Also, be sure to follow us on social media where we’ll be updating you from the road. You can also visit www.twitch.tv/firstinspires to see the team in action and visit www.twitch.tv/firstinspires1 for behind-the-scenes coverage at Detroit!
Reminder – Billerica Memorial High School’s robotics team, Team 4909 - Bionics, is having a fundraiser at Blaze Pizza in Burlington, MA tomorrow (April 18th) from 5:30pm to 9pm! Blaze is located at 91 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Paper and electronic (pull-up on your phone) copies of the flyer (or just a picture of the flyer) are accepted. Blaze Pizza will donate a percentage of their sales to our team. Please support your local robotics team and dine at Blaze Pizza tomorrow! Attached below is a copy of the flyer needed to participate.
This past weekend, we traveled to Revere, MA to attend the Greater Boston District Competition. After pit set-up and inspection on Friday, the competition ran on Saturday and Sunday with 41 other teams from around New England.
We had a very successful event! We went 9-3 in our qualification matches and finished in 5th place. As one of the top 8 finishers, we were alliance captains for the playoffs. With our first pick, we chose Team 6201 – the Highlanders from Somerville, MA., and with our second pick selected Team 5494 – Bizarbots Robotics from Holbrook MA. We played really well as a team and won our quarterfinal matchup, 2-0, advancing to the semifinals against the number 1 seed. In the semifinal, we gave our best effort but could not overcome the top-seeded team.
Even though we lost in the semifinals, our day was not done. At the awards ceremony we won the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola which Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. We also won the Safety Award (shown below) sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories which celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.
With our terrific robot performance and awards, we earned enough points to qualify for the New England District Championship. To qualify, a team must be ranked in the top 64 (out of 209 New England teams) after combining their points from both of their district competitions. We are currently ranked 31st. The New England District Championship runs from this Thursday through Saturday (April 12-14). If at the end of the competition we are ranked in the top 40, we will earn a spot in the World Championships in Detroit. We are excited to compete again and hope you can join us! Below is the schedule for the New England District Championship:
Location: Agganis Arena at Boston University (925 Commonwealth Ave)
8AM-1PM: Set-up & practice matches
1PM-7PM: Qualification matches
8:30AM: Opening Ceremony
9AM-6PM: Qualification matches
8:30AM: Opening Ceremony
9AM-12PM: Qualification matches
12:30PM: Alliance selections
1:45PM-4PM: Playoff matches
4:30PM: Awards ceremony
Check out a live stream of the competition here!