SCRIW X (South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshops 2021)

Update 7/21: Formal event announcement is here in the thread.

The following email was sent to leaders of teams that competed at SCRIW in 2018 or 2019:

Hello, recent SCRIW teams!

It’s been an incredibly challenging year and some change for all of us, and we hope you’ve been staying safe and healthy. Now that FIRST Headquarters has issued some guidance for off-season events, we have some things to announce with regard to the Carolinas’ longest-running off-season competition.

What we are announcing:

  • SCRIW X will be held October 23, 2021, at Dreher High School in Columbia, SC if the creek don’t rise. We will be playing INFINITE RECHARGE on an official FIRST Robotics Competition field.

What we are not announcing:

  • Pricing. While we don’t run SCRIW to make a ton of money, we do have to make sure it covers the expenses. We’re waiting to hear back on a few big-ticket expenses before announcing our prices for 2021.
  • The opening of registration. It doesn’t feel right to make you sign up before you know what you’re paying, so we won’t. Fear not, we still intend to have a solid window of time for everyone to get a chance to register.
  • Specifics on changes or restrictions. This year, FIRST is requiring all events using their fields to be approved in advance—and to submit details on their plans to comply with local COVID-19 protocols, youth protection guidelines, and more. We hope the world looks much better come October, but we will make a plan we can live with and ensure it’s approved before sharing with you.

Keep the masks on, get vaccinated if you’re eligible, and we’ll share more information with you when it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Billfred Leverette

SCRIW Planning Committee

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But it might fall from the sky. BT, DT. :wink:

We’re talking about SCRIW X here, not SCRIW V!

(That year’s floods were the genesis of the mentor match, which has raised a few thousand bucks for various causes.)

Metal in Motion is looking forward to returning to SCRIW in 2021. Please add us to your email list even though we were unable to attend in 2018 or 2019.

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didnt want to call it SCRIIIIIIIIIIW?
but also, hi, 342 will be there lol

3506 planning to attend!

Everyone,

After much discussion among the planning committee and consulting with our venue and school leadership, we have details to share about the tenth annual South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshops.

SCRIW (finally!) Celebrates A Decade of Inspiration

SCRIW is the longest-running off-season event in the Carolinas. We will be playing the 2021 flavor of INFINITE RECHARGE on an official FIRST Robotics Competition field in a one-day event format, and we’ll be pairing it with perhaps our greatest lineup of workshops yet. With virtually every team putting new faces in new places for 2022, it will be a phenomenal opportunity to give new students and mentors a taste of the FIRST experience.

And yes, the mentor match for charity will be back.

SCRIW X Event Guidelines

Everyone on the SCRIW Planning Committee is committed to putting on an event with safety in the forefront. Because we are holding the event in a public school in South Carolina, we are bound by the policies of Richland School District One. And Richland One is itself bound by South Carolina law and budget provisos, that mean some things must be “make your grandmother proud” rather than “required”.

You can read the full event guidelines here.

Registration for SCRIW X

Registration for SCRIW is now open at scriw.org. We have capacity for 27 robots.

We arrived at pricing for this year based on our own (increased) costs and (tighter) payment deadlines, but we work hard to keep the barriers to entry low.

  • Standard registration is $400, as long as payment is postmarked by October 15.
  • Registration postmarked after October 15, or received on the day of the event, is $500.
  • B-team entries will be $250. You can indicate one on the registration form; we’ll confirm B-teams on September 1 to ensure everyone has a chance to field their primary robot.
  • 2022 rookie teams compete on the house, as always.

We are crossing our fingers just like we have for over a year, but we’ve missed seeing the FIRST community in and around South Carolina. Keep the masks up, get vaccinated if you can, and we look forward to seeing you in October.

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Well, that was quick. We’ve already added our first four (and almost certainly five) robots! Welcome 342, Burning Magnetos (and a B-team), 343, Metal In Motion, our first-ever Chesapeake team 5724, Spartan Robotics, and of course the home team 2815, Blue Devil Mechanics!

Number Team
342 Burning Magnetos
343 Metal In Motion
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics
5724 Spartan Robotics
B-Teams to be confirmed September 1
9999 342 B-Team

23 spots left! Register today at the freshly-overhauled SCRIW.org!

Also, to the registered teams: working on invoices right now. The website overhaul had to be shoved through urgently. Sorry!

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We’ve added several more teams since the last update. Welcome to the Technomancers, Viper Drive, T-Rex, and 2022 rookie team The Mechanisms from Marietta, GA!

Number Team
342 Burning Magnetos
343 Metal In Motion
1758 Technomancers
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics
3490 Viper Drive
4935 T-Rex
5724 Spartan Robotics
9999 The Mechanisms
B-Teams to be confirmed September 1
9999 342 B-Team

19 spots left! Register today at SCRIW.org.

(Also, with school starting expect an update to the event guidelines soon.)

We’ve had a few more teams sign up for SCRIW since the last update. Welcome back 3489, 4451, and 6366!

Team # Team Name
342 Burning Magnetos
343 Metal In Motion
1758 Technomancers
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics
3489 Category 5
3490 Viper Drive
4451 ROBOTZ Garage
4935 T-Rex
5724 Spartan Robotics
6366 Ram Rodz
9999 The Mechanisms
9999 3489 B-Team
9999 342 B-Team

14 spots remain. Sign up today at SCRIW.org!

We’ve added two more robots to the mix! 281 (The GreenVillains) will be joining us, and 2815 is even rolling out a second robot.

Team # Team Name
281 The GreenVillains
342 Burning Magnetos
343 Metal In Motion
1758 Technomancers
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics
3489 Category 5
3490 Viper Drive
4451 ROBOTZ Garage
4935 T-Rex
5724 Spartan Robotics
6366 Ram Rodz
9999 The Mechanisms
9999 3489 B-Team
9999 342 B-Team
9999 2815 B-Team

12 spots remain. Register today at SCRIW.org!

[offtopic]
Can the 2022 version of this event please be named SCRIW Y ? 2023 could be SCRIW Z and 2024 can return to the usual SCRIW XIII format.
[/offtopic]

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This is probably premature, but will spectators be allowed in Dreher HS during SCRIW?
I understand that we will be following the COVID restrictions required by Richland School District.

Right now, we don’t have a provision for that past the 20 humans per robot (plus volunteers, who don’t count against that–registration open on SCRIW.org hint hint :wink: ). We’re hoping we can. Stay tuned.

We just added another robot to the lineup–welcome back 3976, Electric Hornets!

Team # Team Name
281 The GreenVillains
342 Burning Magnetos
343 Metal In Motion
1758 Technomancers
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics
3489 Category 5
3490 Viper Drive
3976 Electric Hornets
4451 ROBOTZ Garage
4935 T-Rex
5724 Spartan Robotics
6366 Ram Rodz
9999 The Mechanisms
9999 3489 B-Team
9999 342 B-Team
9999 2815 B-Team

11 spots remain. Register today at SCRIW.org!

What would 2021 be without a plot twist?

The Mechanisms had to cancel, but we welcome back some longtime friends: 2059, The Hitchhikers!

Team # Team Name
342 Burning Magnetos
343 Metal In Motion
1758 Technomancers
2059 The Hitchhikers
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics
3489 Category 5
3490 Viper Drive
3976 Electric Hornets
4451 ROBOTZ Garage
4935 T-Rex
5724 Spartan Robotics
6366 Ram Rodz
9997 2815 B-Team
9998 342 B-Team
9999 3489 B-Team

The field is already in motion toward South Carolina. We’re hoping for no further surprises, though I won’t be fully exhaling until the truck rolls out of Dreher High School after a successful event. If you know, you know.

Also, this email blast was recently sent to team contacts:

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Intriguing…

Fantastic day!
Already looking forward to SCRIW XI!

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Great job to all the teams! 2815 Had so much fun!!!

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SCRIW X had so many ways to go off the rails entirely. If it was a month ago, we would’ve bailed due to case counts. If it was one week ago, we would’ve lost a chunk of money as teams bailed and added late. One day earlier, and we would’ve been shirtless for the whole day instead of half of it. We persevered because we know it’s worth doing for the teams of South Carolina and beyond, and somehow it all came together.

I’m working on getting more detailed information to The Blue Alliance, but in the meantime here were the playoff alliances:

  1. 4451/343/9998
  2. 2059/9999/2815
  3. 5724/4935/3489
  4. 3976 (replaced by backup 6366)/342/3490

1 defeated 4 and 3 defeated 2 in two matches each, then 1 defeated 3 in the finals in three thrilling matches.

4451 has now won a record four SCRIW events, half of the ones that have happened since the team’s founding. 343 notched their first win, and 342’s B-team notched (unless they went to some off-season that slipped both my memory and TBA’s) the first event win for the Burning Magnetos at any event since the 2007 Palmetto Regional. TBA doesn’t always catch off-season data, but between in-season events, SCRAP, and SCRIW this was at least their 40th in-person event since they turned out the lights in Colonial Life Arena during the Bush administration.

I have to thank FIRST South Carolina for their support of the event, as it really allowed us to punch above our weight. For nine years, SCRIW existed in a bubble of 3-4 mentors with no meaningful backing from state leadership–no antagonism, just apathy. It’s been a little weird to have a dancing partner so eager to help us succeed, but in that endearing “preschooler tentatively trying a new food for the first time” kind of way. (SCRIW is the preschooler in this metaphor.) It was great to see just about the entirety of state leadership in the building the whole day.

Thank you to all the teams who contributed money towards the mentor match event as well. Even with the reduced team count, we raised over $300 to make a travel fund for an FLL Challenge team that earns a World Festival or Open invite. I sincerely hope those funds get to be used this spring.

Thank you to all of our event volunteers as well–from students to seasoned veterans, all of them rocked the house and actually kept the event on schedule (which is astounding for us). I also have to express my admiration for 2815’s parent brigade who fed the volunteer crew an incredible spread from setup to teardown. In a year where our budget obviously shrank, it was a tremendous assist.

Thank you to the teams who have ever joined us at SCRIW over this first decade. It’s been a wild ride, and we’re excited to start planning SCRIW XI for 2022.

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