The FIRST Robotics Competition season is in full swing, and this past weekend marked the second district tournament held in Indiana. The Plainfield District Event, held over March 24-25, welcomed 35 teams to the FIRST PowerUp Arcade. Competition was fierce as robots maneuvered around the field to secure the switches and scale to score points. Team 135 performed well and gained invaluable experience from attending this event.
Saturday began with qualification matches, setting up the tournament’s ranking system and securing the top eight spots for Teams. Once it was time for alliance selections, Team 135 was selected by Team 1018, Pike Robodevils as their first pick for the upcoming matches, with Team 3487, Red Pride Robotics being the third robot chosen, rounding out the alliance.
The trio powered through the quarterfinals, securing ranking points for qualifications toward State and Worlds. Competition soared as 135’s alliance achieved a new FIRST World Record for a single match, scoring 1080 points! The alliance team members cheered for their drivers, and screamed in the stands as they watched the point totals climb. It was one of the weekend’s most memorable events.
Sadly, 1018, 135, and 3487 were eliminated during semifinals. Though the teams did not progress to the final match, they enjoyed the privilege of watching their fellow FRC members play for real and have a shot at defeating the boss.
As awards were distributed, Team 135 enjoyed the privilege of receiving the Gracious Professionalism award. The Gracious Professionalism award is granted to the team who encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.” The team looks forward to competing at the Indiana State competition next month.
Written by: Kelsey Anderson