Monday, April 8, 2019

2019 Pacific Northwest District Championships

On April 3rd – 6th we went to the Pacific Northwest District Championship in Tacoma! This is the first time in too long that we have qualified, and we are all very proud of what we have accomplished as a team.

This was also our first competition with the new pit! Redesigning the old pit was a preseason project we had to postpone when build season started. However, we were able to finish it after Glacier Peak, and we are quite pleased with the results:

Students working on Raven inside our brand-new pit

Throughout the competition, our robot performed well, scoring plenty of cargo (typically about 6-8 per match), climbing to level 3, and playing defense when needed.

Raven successfully climbs to level 3 while alliance partner 2471 parks

Despite a deceptively low ranking due to a difficult match schedule, we were invited to an alliance by R.A.I.D. (Raider Artificial Intelligence Division, 4469) and Spartabots (2976). While we were eliminated in the quarterfinals, we had a fun time playing together and hope to see them again soon!

After elimination matches ended, we received the Imagery Award for the second time this season! This is very gratifying because it means that all the work put into our new pit was not in vain.

More importantly, however, the award allowed us to advance to the World Championships in Houston for the first time in team history! This is an incredible accomplishment and we are ecstatic to travel to Texas in less than two weeks!