On Wednesday April 22nd we arrived at St.Louis, Missouri, excited to compete with 607 of the best robotics teams from across the world at the World Championship. We were competing in the Curie subdivision with 75 other teams from Canada, America, Australia, Israel and China. On practice day of the competition we experienced some minor issues but quickly regained focus and practiced our tote-stacking and our three bonus tote auto. We ended off the day excited for tomorrow’s qualification matches.
It was amazing to see the amount of teams that had new or improved “canburglar” mechanisms; it seemed as though every team had made major improvements to their robot and gameplay. The qualification matches were thrilling and competitive. We were lucky enough to be in a match with our friends and fellow #TeamIFI member, Team 148 – The Robowranglers, and scored an impressive 278 points. Throughout the qualification matches, our canburglar proved to be successful in the autonomous and teleoperated period.
By the end of the qualification matches we had an average of 195 points and were seeded second in our subdivision to 148 with them holding a slim 0.7 point lead. Once alliance selections began we were chosen by 148 and completed our alliance by choosing Team 1923 – The MidKnight Inventors, and Team 900 – Zebracorns. During the quarterfinals, we made a decision to only put two robots on the field, so 1923 could finish attaching their new canburglar. Despite having only two robots, we were able to make it to semis as a result of our alliance’s stacking ability. During semifinals, 1923’s new canburglar helped us swipe cans from the step and allowed us to be ranked first, thereby progressing us to the Curie subdivision finals. In the first finals match we and 1923 stole three cans off the step and 148 successfully ran their 20 point autonomous routine. Together we scored 258 points. In the second finals match on Curie, we also stole three cans in autonomous and 148 successfully ran their auto again. With four stacks of six totes, one stack of five and another uncapped stack of six, we scored 219 points. This allowed us to move onto Einstein and represent Curie as its subdivision champions.
In our first match of the Einstein quarterfinals, we played against the Carver subdivision champions: Teams 368 – Kiki Mana, 359 – Hawaiian Kids, and 144 – The R.O.C.K. We managed to steal two cans with 1923 stealing one at the beginning of auto. With the help of 148 we managed to make five stacks of six, one stack of three with a can and a stack of four, scoring 258 points. In the seventh quarterfinal match, we were up against the Tesla subdivision champions: Teams 3476 – Code Orange, 2526 – Crimson Robotics and 3132 – Thunder Down Under. In the autonomous period our alliance stole all the cans on the step, then scored five capped and one uncapped stack of six during the teleoperated period, totaling to 240 points. After all quarterfinals matches were finished, we had an average of 249 points and were ranked second of eight alliances, allowing us to progress to the semifinals. In the first semifinal match we competed against the Archimedes subdivision champions: Teams 1023 Bedford Express, 2338 Gear It Forward, 3996 RIKITIK and 1089 Mercury. Our autonomous strategy was to use us and 1923 to grab the center cans and let 148 run their 20 point auto, followed by 148 stacking from the Human Player Station during teleop and us stacking from the Landfill. This strategy worked successfully and we scored 272 points. In our second semifinal match our alliance only managed to steal one can in auto and because of this we scored three six stacks with cans and a few other stacks without cans. This gave us a score of 190. In our last semifinal match we were against the Newton champions: Teams 118 – Robonauts,1678 – Citrus Circuits,1671 – Buchanan Bird Brains and 5012 – Gryffingear. We lost three cans in the autonomous period but we still managed to score 210 points. Unfortunately this left us with 1.67 point gap between our average and that of 118’s alliance. Because of this, we fell to third place within four teams and didn’t make it to the Einstein finals. Nevertheless we were extremely proud and satisfied with our performance that left us at 3rd place in the world!
Team 1114 would like to congratulate Teams 118,1678,1671 and 5012 for winning World Championship. We’d also like to congratulate Team 579 the Wolverines for winning the Chairman’s Award. Lastly, we’d like to congratulate Mark Lawrence for winning the Woodie Flowers award. We’d also like to thank all of the mentors, sponsors and family who made this season possible. We are looking forward to next year and the upcoming offseason events.