A week ago we attended our first state championship, the Diamond State Championship in Dover, DE! Even though our robot was having a really bad day, the competition was a lot of fun. We found out that the set screws in our gear box had started binding the night before the competition, and without time to fix the robot, we couldn't raise the arms. Almost as soon as we got there, people started offering to help us with spare parts, advice, encouragement…That’s one of our favorite things about FIRST, everyone tries to help everyone do their best! We had kids from other teams, mentors from other teams, cool MCs, referees, robot inspectors, pretty much everyone trying to help us.
We ended up winning 2 out of 5 matches, which was better than we expected with a broken robot, and with LOTs of help from our alliance, the Enforcers, we got one of the highest scores of the day, 515 points! It was great to see all of the teams that we’re friends with do very well in the competition, most of them were at least in Semi Finals! :D
We ended up winning the Think Award and being nominated for the Motivate Award. ‘Edgar Allen Poe’ and ‘Emily Dickinson’ also won the Dean’s List Award (the first FTC Dean’s List Award ever given at DE states)! We will be representing Delaware for the Dean’s List Award at the World Championship!