As the 2017 First Cheese-a-peke district events have begun to wind down, it’s time to prepare for district champs! This year, we have 58 different teams from Virginia, Maryland, and DC (District of cheesiness) vying to take home the hardware. Will we see more 4-rotor matches? Another 40 kPa match? Any parody that pushes human tolerance? Anything can happen!
(By the way, this thread is what happens when CHS Platter hits a wall.)
In the lead, in terms of district points at least, is 1885, who could probably qualify for worlds just by showing up. Despite having no mechanism to handle field filler (referred to as FUEL), they have a ground gear intake faster than any other at the event, and a remarkably quick climb. 384, and their Siamese twin, 1080, look to dominate the competition as well, again employing a ground-gear intake alongside a fast climber. If we combine the colors of 384 and 1885, winners of the Central Virginia event, together, we get the colors of Clemson, who’s coach is Dabo Swinney, whose name evokes a particular “dance”, which is literally horrendous, which suggests that this competition, in fact, wide open in scenic downtown Richmond, VA.
Among some other contenders:
2363, Triple Helix, is hoping that the 50% additional DNA will cause their robot to perform 50% better than the competition, rather than developing into a major disease.
1111, the Power Hawks, is most certainly proud of you.
346, That One Team That Shoots Fuel In Auto, is hoping to continue shooting fuel in auto.
540, Talon, the 3rd avian team in a row on this (semi-satirical) list, hopes to use a win in Southwest Virginia to soar above the rest, and make sure we differentiate them from Team Talon, 1598, and the 5 other “talon” teams I found on Blue Alliance.
1731, Fresta Valley Robotics Club, is hoping to stay fresh after a district win and semifinalist appearance.
4242, a team made almost entirely of 8th and perhaps 9th graders, is hoping to play with, and potentially beat, the big boys. They literally have the word “fresh” in their name, which officially makes them fresher than Fresta, but this game feels somewhat stale after 5 weeks, so who knows.
1086, who secretly runs both CHS Platter (100%) and CHS Splatter (110%), will also be attending. Hopefully they can Brie their best and not curdle under pressure.
Teams 1262, the Stags, and 401, Copperhead, seem like they would be natural enemies, but appear to do just fine with one another. To be fair, I do wonder why Copperhead hasn’t gone after a bird team yet… I guess strength in numbers.
Team 422, the Mech Tech Dragons, is looking forward to walking 5 minutes to the venue, and will try to keep the Payne Train from loosing its brakes.
Team 6334, the Alluminati, is worried you’ll get hypnotized if you look too deep, which could be a problem given a deep field.
Team 587, the Hedgehogs, actually have enough points to qualify, despite not being in the district.