Monday, April 29, 2019

2019 Houston World Championship

On April 17th-19th, we went to the World Championship in Houston! We competed in the Roebling Division along with 66 other teams. At the World Championship, we had the opportunity to play with teams from many different places, including Texas, California, Louisiana, and Georgia, and even international teams from countries such as New Zealand and China.
During the qualification matches, we stuck to our tried and true strategy of scoring cargo, climbing, and playing defense. Although we faced a few issues with our climber in our first few matches, we were able to climb fairly consistently by Friday.

Saturday was dedicated to alliance selections and elimination matches. The #7 seed, WHEA Sharkbots (3881) selected us along with fellow PNW team I.R.S., also known as the Issaquah Robotics Society (1318), and the Full Metal Jackets (1296). Although we lost in the quarterfinals, it was a great honor to play with these teams and with luck we’ll see them again next year!
After the quarterfinals, we stayed and watched other teams, many whom we have admired for years. It was truly amazing to see these powerhouse teams play in person, including in the finals at Minute Maid Park, and definitely one of the highlights of the trip! We would also like to congratulate one of our friends from Bellevue, the Newport Robotics Group (948), for reaching the Einstein finals!
On the last full day of our trip, we visited the Johnson Space Center! This gave us the unique opportunity to see NASA’s rockets and equipment, as well as the Robonauts’ (118) workspace in person.
Overall, this was a very special trip. Going to Worlds was a very valuable experience for not only competing and learning but also having fun and enjoying time together as a team. This has been a magical season and we are looking forward to next year, determined to replicate and build upon the successes we have accomplished so far.