If winning the Orlando FRC Regional wasn’t enough we even won the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation. Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. As said by the jury: “The winning team demonstrates these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only a part of their success and the judges recognize them as a big quality example to others. They work less in a pit, and more in a suite articulate and informed, was each member we’d meet! Teamwork and robot, seamless like cogs, always so stylin’, though not wearing clogs!” It was unbelievable to get such nice words from the jury. To be called a big quality example to others, is an award itself.
After the FRC in South Florida Regional we went to the Orlando FRC Regional. There we met even more great teams. Even the second Dutch FRC team, team 5412 Impossible Robotics, was present at the Orlando Regional. The practices day was very exhausting, because we already had a regional, our robot could go very fast and easy through inspection. Therefore we could play a lot of practice matches. After the qualification matches we got picked by team 180 S.P.A.M.. Together with team 180 S.P.A.M. & Team 1744 Robo Rays we battled to make our airships ready for take-off. After a rough start we managed to get 4 rotors working and in the last 30 seconds all our robots were able to climb the airship. We even made it to the finals and during our first final match we scored the high score of the regional. Together with the great drive teams and robots of our alliance we won the finals and become the Orlando Regional Champions.
Our regionals are over. It were 2 amazing weeks and we are grateful for meeting so many wonderful teams during the FRC in South Florida & Orlando FRC Regional. In the South Florida regional we managed to end up in to the semifinals. Unfortunately after multiple exciting tiebreakers we lost, but we were honored with the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. This awards celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. As the jury said: “When developing a product it is about more than just a product. You have to sell it too. This team has phenomenal documentation, great marketing sheets and slick displays worthy of a trade show. By integrating a magic intake in to a highly optimized design for their chosen strategy. This machine is a work of art, a Rembrand original.” As engineering student it is great to get such nice words form the jury and to get all those wonderful comments for people at the regionals about how nice our robot is.