The MARtian: The Spirit of St. Louis Takes Flight

Houston Recap

Both of FMAR’s representatives down in Houston had great showings last weekend as they battled it out with (half of) the best of the best at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

  • With 9 wins and just 1 loss **3314 **
    ranked #3 on the Hopper Subdivision, and chose the newest Hall of Fame team, 3132, along with 1410 and 3039 to join their #2 alliance. After a missed climb by 1410 in SF2-1, they went on to win the second but lost the rubber match after failing to activate their fourth rotor. Their alliance lost to the #3 alliance of 604, 2848, 1868, and 2903, who went on to win Hopper and advance to Einstein.

  • After a qualification record of 8-1-1, **365 **
    ranked #7 on the Roebling Subdivision and were the first pick of the #2 alliance by 115, later joined by both 2468 and 5614. Fuel proved to matter in the finals, and after losing the first match by only 8 points, they won the second by just 5. Ultimately, they lost Finals 3 two climbs to three to the future World Champions, and brought home a Subdivision Finalist medal to FMAR.

  • Huge congratulations to the 2017 Houston FRC World Champions 973
    , 1011, 2928, and 5499, and 2017 Houston Chairman’s Award Winner 3132, who have quite possibly the best Chairman’s Award video ever created.

With 14,611 kPA scored, 5,101 rotors engaged, 3,635 robots ready for takeoff, and over 6 hours of Einstein, one half of the 2017 *FIRST *World Championship is now over, thankfully. The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas, but ultimately the sun itself was too big and bright as well, causing a “solar delay” during the Round Robin matches. But that turned out to be a slight blessing in disguise, allowing spectators stuck in bag-check lines to finally make it inside Minute Maid Stadium and recover from their heat stroke. If there’s one thing you can count on in *FIRST *it’s excessively long speeches, which ended up pushing the end of the Einstein finals to 10 pm. Hey, *FIRST *people who undoubtedly follow the MARtian, when the Closing Ceremonies are a whole hour longer than the entire March for Science recording (which didn’t even start until an hour and a half in!), there’s a problem. Listen to the FRC community, and let’s all work together to improve the Houston experience for 2018.

So Long, St. Louis

In the final days of the official 2017 *FIRST *STEAMWORKS season, 400+ FRC teams will convene in St. Louis for one last time, celebrating all of the accomplishments made over the past year, and the fact that the Dome at America’s Center doesn’t have windows and is connected to the convention center.

Archimedes (4)

  • At their three competitions so far in 2017, **222 **
    hasn’t ranked worse than 10th, but have only made it to the finals once. With their new floor gear pickup, the Tigertrons were a steal as the last pick of the #1 alliance at FMAR Champs, but were upset in the semifinals after their missed climb cost their alliance SF1-2. Will they finally be able to claw their way to a win this weekend?

  • With quarterfinal upsets at both of their FMAR districts, the region’s top fuel scorer **225 **
    finally advanced to the semifinals at FMAR Champs, but their flame was soon extinguished. They have been on the #1 alliance at all three of their events in 2017, first as the #1 captain and then twice as 303’s first pick. Having reached the 40 kPA threshold 15 times so far this season, TechFire still has yet to earn a medal in STEAMWORKS, but certainly hope to change that as they bring the heat to St. Louis.

  • FMAR’s most well-known swerve team **1640 **
    has claimed two Innovation in Control Awards this season, but haven’t tasted the finals so far this year. The closest they came was back at the Westtown District Week 2, but lost in the rubber match after an alliance partner was left just inches from their touchpad when the buzzer rang. The last time Sab-BOT-age was on Archimedes they captained the #4 alliance to the finals, and look to make it even further this time around, perhaps even further than their 2014 Einstein finals exit.

  • After a finalist appearance at Hatboro-Horsham, a quarterfinal upset at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and another finalist exit at the Montreal Regional, **2590 **
    finally earned their first blue banner of 2017 after winning the FMAR District Championship for their third time, securing their spot at the top of the FMAR district rankings. While they have yet to rank high they have certainly been consistent, seeding 13th, 15th, 17th, and 18th, respectively. Their robot might be named after the goddess discord, but Nemesis will be searching for harmony among alliance partners come Saturday morning.

Carson (4)

  • **25 **
    is one of just four FMAR teams to win two districts this year, but failed to push their way out of the quarterfinals at FMAR Champs, even after recreating their victorious Montgomery alliance. They won the World Championship in their fourth year in 2000 and have made it to Einstein 5 times after that, winning again in 2012 and reaching the finals in both 2003 and 2006. After a 4-year drought, will Shaun’s backpack consume some more confetti this season? Nothing is beyond the reach of this Spider-Bot.

  • Another one of the handful of FMAR teams to claim two district wins this year, **303 **
    has been a part of the #1 alliance at three of their competitions and made it onto the #2 alliance at the other two. With a 65% winning percentage they made it to the finals at their first three events of 2017, but got knocked out early after picking 225 at both Montgomery and FMAR Champs. They captained the #3 Newton alliance to Einstein back in 2013, but will they be tested again this Saturday afternoon?

  • Typical FMAR powerhouse **341 **
    has yet to see the sun in 2017, making it to the semifinals in just one of their three competitions. While they’ve never set foot on Einstein, their presence at the World Championship is well-rooted, winning the 2003 Entrepreneurship Award, the 2005 Judges’ Award, the 2006 Sportsmanship-Gracious Professionalism Award, the 2008 Entrepreneurship Award, the 2009 Engineering Inspiration Award, and finally the 2010 Championship Chairman’s Award. Will being on the field named after an environmentalist help bring Miss Daisy to full bloom this weekend?

  • In just their third year, two-time Quality Award winners **5401 **
    have been fightin’ all season long. Having not ranked lower than 11th at their three events, they helped the #4 Seneca alliance make it to the finals and captained the #3 alliance to the semis at FMAR Champs. With 30 match wins so far this season, the owls are looking to ruffle some feathers at their second trip to St. Louis.

Curie (6)

  • **203 **
    had a TUFF time at Springside Chestnut Hill where they ranked 25th, but fought back to seed 6th and 7th at Seneca and FMAR Champs, respectively. While they’ve been eliminated in two quarterfinal matches at all of their 2017 events, the character that their robot is named for once said “It ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” These 2002 World Championship Imagery Award winners are looking to end their 20th season on a “mmm, mmm, good” note.

  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…oh, wait, no, it is a plane. The maiden flight of **747 **
    has certainly been impressive. They captained the #4 alliance to the finals at Mount Olive and returned to the finals on the #6 alliance at Bridgewater-Raritan, but have hit some stormy skies recently. At FMAR Champs, they were just seconds away from getting FMAR’s first and only 40 kPa and 4 rotor match, yet ended up ranking 56th out of 60 teams and not being selected for the playoffs But, with the help of the Imagery Award, they clinched FMAR’s last point slot, advancing them to St. Louis. Both United and American Airlines have made bad air for airlines as of late, but this Flight Crew hopes to be earning medals this weekend.

  • **1807 **
    has been flying higher and higher as the weeks progressed, ranking 21st at Hatboro-Horsham, 10th at Bridgewater-Raritan, and 2nd at FMAR Champs. While this was their first year advancing to the FMAR DCMP, they captained the #2 alliance to victory, losing just a single qualification match in the process. You can’t get much better than that, but with one goal, one ambition, and multiple minds, the Redbirds hope to be seeing blue in St. Louis.

  • After ranking 14th at Mount Olive, **3142 **
    snapped back to captain the #3 alliance at Bridgewater-Raritan. Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the quarterfinals at both of their district events, and went unpicked for the eliminations at FMAR Champs. While their season hasn’t been picture-perfect, they won one of FMAR’s two Engineering Inspiration Awards at the district championship. Will things finally click for Aperture this weekend?

  • 2012 World Championship Rookie Inspiration Award winners **3929 **
    ranked 23rd at Hatboro-Horsham but scaled their way up to rank #2 at Westtown, where they captained their alliance to a win. They again ended up on the #2 alliance at FMAR Champs, reuniting with their Hatboro-Horsham semifinalist partner 1807, albeit this time as the third robot, but again went home with a blue banner. This will be the Atomic Dragons’ first year back at the World Championship since their rookie season, but as always they are chasing excellence, no excuses.

  • In just their fifth year, **4750 **
    ranked 12th at Westtown and 21st at Seneca, but captained the #4 alliance at FMAR Champs to their first ever finalist appearance. They’ve won 28 of their 50 matches so far in 2017, and will be attending the World Championship for their first time. They might share their name with a yellow muppet, but have surely proven that they don’t need a hand to make them work.

Daly (6)

  • **75 **
    might have lost the Mount Olive finals to 25 and 1923, but came back to raid Montgomery with them on their side when they captained the #8 alliance to victory. They again teamed up with 25 and 1923 at FMAR Champs, but this time their elimination run was cut short in the quarterfinals. The RoboRaiders earned the FMAR District Championship second Engineering Inspiration Award, and after winning the 1999 Best Play of the Day Award, 2000 Quality Award, 2003 Autodesk Inventor Award, 2008 Gracious Professionalism Award, and the 2010 Excellence in Design Award at the World Championship, will this weekend’s raid prove victorious as well?

  • Having not earned a blue banner since 2011, **103 **
    finished off their dozen this year when the helped bring the #3 and #4 alliances to wins at Hatboro-Horsham and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, respectively. But, their path swerved at FMAR Champs, where they ranked 27th and got eliminated in the quarterfinals. They won the Autodesk Judges Recognition Award at the 2000 World Championship, the World Championship Autodesk Inventor Award in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, and let’s not forget the 2003 Championship Chairman’s Award. But above all, they have vision, passion, and commitment, which will be sure to steer them straight.

  • Last year’s Newton Subdivision finalists **708 **
    ranked within the top 8 at each of the three FMAR District Events they attended this season. They captained the #1 alliance to the quarterfinals at Hatboro-Horsham and the #5 alliance to the semifinals at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and were the first overall pick at Seneca where they were again knocked out in the quarters. The Hatters surprisingly went unpicked at FMAR Champs after ranking 12th but took home their second FMAR DCMP Chairman’s Award, and might just pull off another hat trick as they ride into the knight at St. Louis.

  • For just the second time in the history of FMAR, **1676 **
    is going into St. Louis without an event win. But, the Pi-oneers have been improving as the trail went on, ranking 32nd at the Southwest Virginia Chesapeake District Event back in Week 1, 15th and 16th at their two FMAR districts, and 5th at the FMAR District Championship. They’ve pushed their final elimination round to a rubber match at three of their four competitions so far in 2017, but have yet to reach the finals. Pascack also surprisingly missed out on a FMAR DCMP Chairman’s Award, but can they pull off their second Division Engineering Inspiration Award in a row?

  • 2015 Einstein Semifinalists **1923 **
    are the fourth and final FMAR team to clinch two event wins this season, taking home blue banners from Mount Olive and Montgomery. They captained the #6 alliance at Hudson Valley and the #8 alliance at FMAR DCMP to the quarterfinals, and have partnered with fellow Bristol-Myers Squibb team 25 at all three of their FMAR competitions. Rumor has it they might be inventing some improvements of their own for St. Louis, and if their Winner-Quarterfinalist-Winner-Quarterfinalist trend continues, expect Raindrop // Droptop to be back on top this Saturday night.

  • **5895 **
    were the second overall pick at both of their FMAR districts, making it to the semifinals at Hatboro-Horsham and winning Seneca in three close matches. A strong gear cycler and fuel scorer, they’ve won two-thirds of their matches so far this season. Last year Peddie captained the #3 Carson alliance to the Subdivision finals and earned the Carson-Galileo Division Judge’s Award, and look to go even further as they return to St. Louis in just their second year.

Darwin (0)

Surprisingly, FMAR won’t be winning any Darwin Awards this year.

Tesla (9)

  • **11 **
    has been marauding their way to the top as the season progresses. Starting the year off by ranking 49th at Palmetto and going unpicked for the playoffs, they captained the #6 alliance to the semifinals at Mount Olive and finally the #2 alliance to the finals at Montgomery. At FMAR Champs they ranked 15th, yet slipped to the last pick of the #3 alliance and were soon forced to swap out with a backup bot after facing drivetrain issues in their first quarterfinal match. They’ve come together, designed together, and built together, and now look to succeed together as they travel to St. Louis for the final time.

  • Joining their older brothers on the Tesla Subdivision is the Mount Olive beta team 193
    . This year, they’ve consistently ranked in the teens: 13th at Mount Olive, 18th at Bridgewater-Raritan, and 19th at the FMAR DCMP. They were the third overall pick at FMAR Champs, but have yet to make it out of the semifinals in 2017. Last season they made it to the finals of the Hopper Subdivision, and are looking to just keep swimming their way to the top this time around.

  • **272 **
    had impressive showings at both of their FMAR districts this season, captaining both the #4 Westtown alliance and #3 Seneca alliance to the semifinals. They ranked 16th at FMAR Champs and made it to the finals after being the final selection of the #4 alliance, and also won the second of the FMAR DCMP Chairman’s Awards after winning it at the district level for the first time in 2017. On the Tesla Subdivision last year, 272 went unpicked for playoffs after ranking 20th out of 75, but are packing more horsepower this time as their crusade carries on to their fourth World Championship appearance in their 19th-year history.

  • Although they pounced back from ranking 31st at Bridgewater-Raritan to ranking 18th at Montgomery, **714 **
    unfortunately went unpicked at both of their FMAR districts and did not qualify to attend the FMAR DCMP. They’ve only played 24 matches this season but will be finishing 2017 off right at St. Louis thanks to a waitlist spot. With their effective defense and reliable climber, Panthera will be on the prowl this weekend.

  • After 5 finalist appearances, **834 **
    finally clinched their first blue banner after ranking 6th and being the second overall pick of the winning #2 alliance at Westtown this season. They were again the second overall pick after ranking 16th at Bridgewater-Raritan and captained the #6 alliance at FMAR Champs, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals at both. With their clean, speedy gear cycling bot expect the SparTech to put a wrench in the plans of other alliances as they attend their second World Championship in their 15-year history.

  • Ranked 23rd and semifinalists at Westtown, **1391 **
    charged back to the top and captained the #1 alliance at Seneca, yet were upset in the quarterfinals after three matches. At Montgomery, the Metal Moose finished 12th, and while they slipped to the final pick of the #6 alliance, they did earn the Excellence in Engineering Award. Although they ranked 40th and did not get picked for the eliminations at FMAR Champs, don’t be surprised to see the moose on the loose at St. Louis after they qualified via the waitlist.

  • **2607 **
    started 2017 off on a high note by captaining the #4 alliance to victory after 4 finals matches at Hatboro-Horsham. Their ship sank slightly at Seneca where they ranked 30th out of 37th, but these RoboVikings fought back to rank 10th at FMAR Champs. Surprisingly, they were not chosen in Alliance Selections, but were pulled in by the #3 alliance as a backup robot in the quarterfinals. They have yet to claim stake in the finals in 2017, but plan on pillaging St. Louis later this week.

  • 4 was the unlucky number for 3974
    ’s equation in 2017. They seeded 4th and captained the #3 alliance to the finals at Hatboro-Horsham, where they lost in 4 matches. They then ranked 11th and were the first pick of the #4 alliance at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals after 4 matches. E=mCD went on to rank unlucky 13th at FMAR Champs but went unpicked for the eliminations, leaving them just two district points shy of a point slot to St. Louis. But, their luck changed thanks to 219 declining their spot, passing it on to 3974 and allowing them to make a dash to their second ever World Championship.

  • **4342 **
    entered STEAMWORKS like a bat out of hell, captaining the #1 alliance to the finals at Westtown and then the #3 Springside Chestnut Hill Academy alliance to the win, their first ever. But, the devil came back for them at FMAR Champs, where they ranked 55th out of 60 and weren’t selected for the playoffs. Yet as the 25th ranked team in FMAR, Demon Robotics earned a point slot to advance them to St. Louis for their first time, and with a 68% winning percentage they hope to make a good DEMONstration at the World Championship.

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Thank you so so much to everyone who has followed the MARtian throughout the 2017 season. It is always wonderful to hear back from readers through your posts and messages, and to see the community come together to recognize everyone’s accomplishments. This will be the final MARtian thread of the official FIRST STEAMWORKS season, and perhaps our planet’s paths will cross again the next trip around the sun. Best of luck to all 29 FMAR teams competing in St. Louis later this week, and see you there!

Using “FMAR”: 110% Howard.

Great post!

Hopefully we’ll see more of this next season, always a fun read.

Another beautifully crafted post! It’s been a pleasure seeing your insight this season and hope that The MARtian thrives next year!

Best of luck to all the teams going to St. Louis!

Thanks for the recaps, Mr. MARtian… looking forward to seeing lots of MAR entries on Einstein at St. Louis!

I haven’t followed MAR closely this year - are any of the teams this year hitting 40kpa?

Anyone close?

Best of luck to 11, 193, and 3929!

225 and 5895 were the only major fuel bots in MAR I can remember with significant ability to shoot. I’m sure a few more will crop up at Champs.

225 can hit the 40kPa solo, only 2590, 5895, and 5401 are close.

Ahem. 2003 :stuck_out_tongue:

The MARtian has been awesome this season - thanks for all your hard work, Howard! Looking Forward to next year!

This will be the final MARtian thread of the official FIRST STEAMWORKS season

Wait WHAT?!? No wrap up post about how MAR dominated the St Louis half champs? No shot by shot count of the all MAR teams in the finals and winning the Last St Louis Big E???

This is worse than fading to black and hearing a shot ring out. WE NEED CLOSURE!!

Thanks for your coverage this year, MARtian! It’s been a great read each week. You have great writing skills.

You mean like this?

Fear not, Foster. The MARtian is back for one final post of the official season to congratulate the 29 FMAR teams that competed at the 2017 Super Regional North in St. Louis last week. Of those 29 teams, 16 advanced to the playoffs on their respective subdivision with 4 as alliance captains, 2 advanced to Einstein, and 1 FMAR team claimed the 2017 St. Louis World Championship title!

St. Louis Recap

Archimedes (4)

All 4 FMAR teams on Archimedes made it to their Subdivision Semifinals, with 225 earning the Archimedes-Daly Division Industrial Design Award and captaining the 2 Archimedes alliance. However, after 4 Finals Matches due to a replay of Match 3, it was the 1 alliance with 1640 that won the Subdivision and advanced to Einstein for the third time in Sab-BOT-age’s history, with all three times being the 2nd pick of the alliance.

[ul]
[li]222
[/li][LIST]
[li]Rank: 13
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 4 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Semifinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]225
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 2
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Captain of the 2 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Finalist
[/li][li]Awards: Archimedes-Daly Division Industrial Design Award
[/li][/ul]

[li]1640
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 33
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 2nd pick of the 1 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Winner
[/li][/ul]

[li]2590
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 12
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 2nd pick of the 6 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Semifinalist
[/li][/ul]
[/LIST]

Carson (4)

For the third competition in a row, Carson-Tesla Division Quality Award winners 303 ranked 1, but this time remarkably scorched the earth after being declined by the 2, 3, and 5 ranked teams of 33, 125, and 195, respectively. In the third round they were able to pick up fellow FMAR team 25, with whom they won the Mount Olive FMAR District Event back in Week 2.

[ul]
[li]25
[/li][LIST]
[li]Rank: 25
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 1 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Semifinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]303
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 1
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Captain of the 1 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Semifinalist
[/li][li]Awards: Carson-Tesla Division Quality Award[/ul]
[/li]

[li]341
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 54
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]5401
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 23
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 1st pick of the 7 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]
[/LIST]

Curie (6)

On Curie, both 203 and 1807 ended up on the 2 alliance joining returning World Champions 2481 and FMAR alumni mentored team 2791, but it was the FMAR District Championship winners 3929 who made it to the Subdivison Finals on the 6 alliance. After a tough showing at FMAR Champs, Mount Olive and Bridgewater-Raritan finalists 747 again ranked low and went unpicked in alliance selections, while 3142 won their 6th Industrial Safety Award.

[ul]
[li]203
[/li][LIST]
[li]Rank: 40
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 2nd pick of the 2 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]747
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 57
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]1807
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 29
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 2 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]3142
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 53
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][li]Awards: Curie-Darwin Division Safety Award
[/li][/ul]

[li]3929
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 43
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 6 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Finalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]4750
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 31
[/li][li]Alliance Selections: Not picked
[/li][/ul]
[/LIST]

Daly (6)

Two FMAR teams captained alliances in the Daly Subdivision: 708 captaining the 6 alliance and 75 captaining the 8 alliance. But 1676, winners of the Archimedes-Daly Division Entrepreneurship Award, rounded out the 1 alliance and would move on to Einstein for their first time after winning the Subdivision.

[ul]
[li]75
[/li][LIST]
[li]Rank: 10
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Captain of the 8 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]103
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 55
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]708
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 8
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Captain of the 6 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]1676
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 22
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 1 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Winner
[/li][li]Awards: Archimedes-Daly Division Entrepreneurship Award
[/li][/ul]

[li]1923
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 43
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]5895
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 20
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]
[/LIST]

Tesla (9)

5 of the 9 FMAR teams on Tesla were picked for their Subdivision playoffs, with both 834 and 2607 making it to the Semifinals on the 7 alliance. In the end though, 193 made their way to the Subdivision Finals for the second year in a row, clinching their 6th finalist title in 5 years.

[ul]
[li]11
[/li][LIST]
[li]Rank: 46
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 3 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]193
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 34
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 2nd pick of the 6 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Finalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]272
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 52
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]714
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 61
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]834
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 15
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 1st pick of the 7 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Semifinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]1391
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 35
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 5 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Quarterfinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]2607
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 26
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: 3rd pick of the 7 alliance
[/li][li]Elimination Performance: Subdivision Semifinalist
[/li][/ul]

[li]3974
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 24
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]

[li]4342
[/li][ul]
[li]Rank: 53
[/li][li]Alliance Selection: Not picked
[/li][/ul]
[/LIST]

Einstein, Baby!

Perhaps due to their driver injuring his foot after winning Archimedes, 1640 only played once on Einstein, subbing in for 67 after they faced mechanical failures. Unfortunately, they were no match for the 60 kPa scored by future Einstein Finalists 1986, 3310, and 3719 from Darwin. Their alliance would end up only winning one Round Robin match, but it was perhaps the most exciting match of the entire Round Robin. With some excellent defense, 1058, 67, and 2137 stopped 254 from delivering their last gear needed to activate their fourth rotor, handing the future Einstein Winners one of their two losses on the Einstein field.

Knowing the importance of activating two rotors in autonomous, 1676 was subbed in for the Daly alliance after 862 missed their side-peg auto in their second and third Round Robin Matches. With Pascack’s consistent center-peg autonomous mode their alliance was able to spin up their first two rotors in auto of their 4th Round Robin match, but 2767 failed to deliver their gear in Round Robin Match 15, and with 254 also missing the hopper in auto their alliance would end up losing by just 3 points to the Darwin alliance. Nonetheless, with the highest total match points of the alliances that went 3-2 in the Round Robin the Daly alliance pushed onto the Einstein Finals, where they would again face the Darwin Winners. Daly won Finals 1 with a score of 494-478 after 1986 missed their hopper in autonomous and Darwin scored just 33 kPa, even with 254 falling from their rope as they attempted to climb. Finals 2, which might have been the best FIRST STEAMWORKS match all season, was again decided by only 3 points, but this time the win, and the final St. Louis (half) World Championship title, was awarded to the Daly alliance of 254, 2767, 862, and 1676.

On behalf of the MARtian, congratulations to Team 1676, the Pascack Pi-oneers, on winning the 2017 St. Louis FRC World Championship and best of luck at the inaugural Festival of Champions!

Not saying that the creation of the MARtian correlated to FMAR bringing home their 4th World Championship title (a feat previously held by only 365 in 2001 and 25 in both 2000 and 2012), but hey, it’s something to think about!

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Perfect wrap-up, Thanks!!

Thank you so much! Thank you as well to everyone from MAR that was cheering us on during Einstein and messaged us afterwards. It was absolutely incredible to have so much support coming from back home and we are extremely appreciative of it! We are honored to have been the third MAR team to ever win a World Championship and certainly could not have done it if not for the help from so many people in our district system over the years. Special shout-out to Mr. Kloberg, without whom the Pi-oneers would have never existed in the first place. We hope to make MAR proud once again come July!

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Congratulations on your win. It’s great to see a MAR team listed as :slight_smile: World Champion. I only wish it could have been mar against mar for the championship. Honesty the best alliance won. Great job to all of the Pi oneers from your friends, 1640