The first FIRST Pacific Northwest Regional (Seattle, WA) was really great, thanks again for everyone there.
During the Qualifying we scored 0 points twice in a row and we were in the last place on the ranking. But this bad luck left us and then we scored 117 twice in a row, jumping from the 36th position to the 5th. At the end of the day, the Judges Award was an awesome surprise to us.
The Brazilian Machine wanted to pair with the Gila Monsters at the Elimination Matches, just like we did in VCU in 2001, when we were the Champions together. Unfortunatly, #383 and #64 weren’t between the 8 ones to choose other teams, but I’m glad that both of us got picked.
Our alliance partners were 753, from Oregon, and 833, from Hawaii. Our strategy was pretty simple and efficient: we scored balls and they messed up the opponent’s strategy. Teams 753 and 833 used no claws to grab goals and had no ball scoring mechanisms, and they were GREAT partners, always doing their job.
It was a great honor for us to be the champions.
After 22 hours of planes and airports, we arrived back in Brazil. We are really proud of being brazilians and really glad that we brought two trophys to our country. Our friends recognized our success and received us with a militar band playing the brazilian anthem and our state (Rio Grande do Sul) anthem.
We went from the local airport to our school (Província de São Pedro) on a Fire Truck with its loud siren, with many cars following us blowing their horns, and motorcycles from the police stoping the streets for us to pass. Everyone stopped to see those students that had an incredible opportunity in a rising country that doesn’t have a lot of people into science and technology yet.
I’d like to thank, in the name of the team #383, everyone that helped to make FIRST what it is today. Let’s keep spreading the spirit! We are all big winners.
#383 - The Brazilian Machine