FIGURE 8. CAD display for Team 2485 from San Diego, CA.
FIGURE 9. Warning sign on Team 3716 robot
from Mount Pleasant, UT.
FIGURE 10. Part
of the author’s
randomly selected alliances receiving qualification points
based on a win, loss, or tie. Eventually, teams are ranked
and eight alliance captains are selected based on their
team rank. Team captains then pick teams as their alliance
partners for the elimination matches. Alliances winning
two matches advance.
This was my first FIRST competition and it was
absolutely over the top. I am at a loss to describe the
intensity of the energy at the venue. Action in the arena
was fast paced. I was really impressed with the
organization and speed at which the competitors moved
their robots into and out of the arena. It appeared to be
choreographed, non-stop action of robots moving to the
beat of the background music at the direction of the
emcees. Team spirit was over the top as well, from teams
waiting to compete (Figure 3) to teams donning costumes,
(Figure 4 and Figure 5) to team mascots exciting the
crowd and hugging the younger spectators (Figure 6).
The pit area was equally alive and impressive (Figure 7).
Many teams had CAD displays and animations of their bots
(Figure 8) while some displayed warnings to the spectators
(Figure 9). All competitors were obviously proud of their
creations and were eager to give you a memento of their
team (Figure 10).
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