My first IRI, where do I start.
First and foremost, my teams (1257 & 1228) weren’t competing, not even close. While I was proud of my students this season, seeing the incredible work of the teams at IRI was awe-inspiring.
Secondly, I was absolutely amazed at the mentor match tournament. 118 & 2056’s bidding war for #1 seed was hilarious as they read off team numbers boosting bids, a single $624 bid from 2056 setting the #1 seed… and then picking 118.
Having my friend-mentors on the NY Invasion Alliance (20, 340, 694, 2791 and 5254 all were the “NY Invasion”) of 5254, 2791 and 20 make it to finals (5254’s 8th finalist appearance without a win) was incredibly fun, especially with the salty bits thrown in (“2056 finally wins a tiebreaker”, and 5254 taping the “5” out of their number to become 254 for the match, and having a event visitor in a poofs shirt be their “drive coach” was amazing.)
The playoff tournament seeing 2 of my home teams (2590 & 225) make finals was amazing to watch, a sight to behold among friends in person. Congrats to the winning alliance, it was amazing to see one of my Canadian idols (2056), the tallest bot this side the country (195) and regular visitors to my home turf who do amazingly (2168). Seeing all of the teams and individuals I look up to and hold in esteem was an incredible experience, even without the state of California showing up.
Thanks to the NY Invasion alliance for having me around, it was truly amazing. I’ve learned some incredible things about FRC I had no idea was missing, united with some friends I’ve missed sorely, and missed more after that.
Thanks to all of the volunteers, staffers, and individuals who made IRI possible, especially with the massive amount of good it does.
See y’all next year (I hope.)