First off: my four years as a student on robotics are done. Completely. Over. Never will I be behind the sticks of a robot again at an official competition. It’s been four years. And the best four years I could have ever asked for.
Our team has had it’s ups and downs with robots, but this year, by far, we put together the best robot in our teams history. And we have the medals to prove it.
Atlanta this year was amazing. I talked to Karthik, Paul Capioli, Cory McBride, everyone who I thought would never even recognize our team. But we put on a good show… A pretty dang good show.
I don’t even know what to say. Our team put together an alliance that beat the thunder chickens alliance once. Haha. That’s more than I ever expected. Way more than I ever expected.
188, Shawn, your team is amazing. It was awesome working with you guys… We wanted it from the beginning, and we got it, and I’ll never look back on that choice.
329, to be completely honest, I only had a brief glimpse of what you guys looked like, before we picked you. But the data backed you guys up, and you performed amazing. Purely amazing…
One little thing I have to explain - finals match 3, when everyone thought we got lured in to get the super cells scored on us… I had to do it. There were no balls on the field, we had 8 in our hopper, and real time scoring showed us as losing. Da bears were waiting in a corner to pin us against 217’s trailer once we scored. I saw everything Paul was doing over there, but I had to go for it, at least at the time I thought I did. We would score 16 points (and we did) and pick up the lead… Then we had to hope they missed the super cells. If they missed the super cells, and we didn’t score, we still lost (according to the real time… which means I had to make the score). We did what we did, but 217’s alliance simply outscored us. Either way. It was awesome.
You know my favorite part of this whole robotics thing?
I can always come back next year as a mentor, and see some freshman go through the program and experience everything I did. Right from square one.
Thanks FIRST. It’s made high school… so… so amazing. I don’t know what to say. I met amazing, lifelong friends… And it changed my life.
See you all soon. =)