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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10,000 Incredible Moments


FRC Team 3313 Mechatronics won the 10,000 Lakes Regional this Saturday on an alliance with Team 2052 KnightKrawler from New Brighton MN, and Team 2227 Tigers Robotics from Fridley MN. 

The largest accomplishment of the competition for our team, however, was being awarded the Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award is given to the FIRST Robotics team who best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. It is the most prestigious award handed out and an incredible honor to receive it.

Winning this award qualifies Team 3313 to present their Chairman’s Award at the World Championships in St. Louis, MO at the end of April.

“We have worked so hard to mentor other FIRST teams and get the Alexandria community excited about STEM education. It’s great to see our work pay off,” said senior Kacy McCormick.

The 10,000 Lakes Regional started off with qualifying matches to help seed the teams. Alliance partners from other schools are randomly paired into teammates and opponents for each match.

The scouting team in the stands and in the pits worked together as a team to provide strengths and weaknesses for all the alliance partners and opponents throughout the competition. This information was integral to the team's success.

We definitely had a tougher time during qualification matches than our last competition in Duluth. The PVC grippers broke on two different occasions; however, the repairs were quick and easy. The drive team—Bryce Klang, Brooklyn Krohnfeldt, Tyler Floding, and Jeremy Bydlon—fought through these, and many other, challenges.

Before the playoffs started, the top 8 teams selected their Alliance partners. Team 2052 from New Brighton chose 3313 from Alexandria and 2227 from Fridley to partner up. The playoffs went well with the teams passing the ball from robot to robot to gain bonus points. Our pre-programmed autonomous scoring was spot on. Programmers Karl Santelman, Thomas Pederson, Allen Odden (mentor), and Dalton Myhr (mentor) did a fantastic job.

The cooperation shown between our Alliance was almost unstoppable. The Alliance swept the playoffs and were crowned champions! The right side of our drive train failed in the semifinals. We tried to fix it but did not have the parts available. 2052's drive team did an amazing job transporting the ball from robot to robot and still pushing our alliance through for the win.

Team 2052 KnightKrawler had already won 3 regionals in a row prior to 10,000 Lakes. Yes, we said three! That means that now, they have won four regionals in a row and that's incredible. It has been super fun getting to know their team, and we look forward to seeing them at World Championships.

By the wild card rules of FIRST, the alliance caption of the finalist alliance, FRC Team 4536 MinuteBots, will also be going to St. Louis. Joining them in St. Louis are the Rookie All-Star of 5019 and Engineering Inspiration of 2500. 

But in all of this success there is a question lingering in the air: how are we going to cover the expenses? Let's just say we have a lot to do.  We need to work with our school and plan as many fundraising events as we can possibility fit in a three week period, all to raise $5,000-$10,000. Along with this we need to figure out how we are going to get all of our equipment to St. Louis. It's a long, but exciting, road ahead...

You can help get us to Champs by contributing to our Piggybackr fund. Check out the website here. Any donation at all will GREATLY appreciated. The generosity already displayed is overwhelming.

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