At the Utah Regional, we were on the winning alliance along with Team 3478, PrepaTec - LamBot from San Luis Potosi, and Team 4738, Patribots from San Diego, CA. We had a blast working with these teams. During the competition, we had a few issues that the pit crew did a great job of solving quickly. It was fun to fill the rocket and make the level 3 climb in the same match several times! Doing so earns the maximum available 4 ranking points for a match. Our Awards team prepared a great presentation along with the documentation that helped us win the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation while the scouting team provided the drive team with excellent information and strategies to help us win the competition. We would not have been so successful without all the help from the parents and chaperones that made our travel and food arrangements!
After this successful tournament in Utah, we flew back home and hit the ground running to prepare for Destination Deep Space FRC Championships that start April 17 in Houston, Texas. Last week we packed our crate with Tachyon, our competition robot and sent it to Houston. Since then we have been working on preparing the rest of our gear to travel by truck with some of the other local teams to Houston. Thanks to XPO Logistics who is helping sponsor and to FRC Teams 973, The Greybots from Atascadero, and 1678, the Citrus Circuits, for organizing the semi truck being driven to Champs with gear from 15 California teams!
On Tuesday, the first wave of the Spartan Robotics team flies out to be ready for pit load in on Wednesday morning. The rest of the team follows on Wednesday. We are excited for the opportunity to participate in the Championships in Houston in the Galileo Division this year. To follow the matches and results, check out The Blue Alliance here. Qualification matches begin on Thursday, April 18 in the morning. The event ends on Saturday, April 20 with the Closing Celebration at Minute Maid Field from 6:00pm to 8:30pm CDT.