Author and Social Media Manager for #MottFRC: Ayrton Seals
On March 4-5, Waterford Mott High School hosted the FIRST in Michigan FRC district competition. We covered the whole event on Twitter with #MottFRC and put it on our website.
Though planning began far in advance, preparations started really coming together on Wednesday when our team helped build and set up the field, pits, concession stands, and judges tables. Thursday morning was spent putting the finishing details on the two gyms and getting ready for 39 Michigan teams to arrive.
On Thursday night, teams arrived and set up their pit areas. With pits open until 10 p.m., many teams put the finishing touches and adjustments to their robot to pass for inspection. If some teams didn’t pass inspection, the Corsairs build team helped them out by lending parts, tools, programming knowledge, and electrical help, so that all teams were eligible to compete. Teams that were ready to go also held a few practice matches on the field to get a feel for how the competition would run and how well their robots would do.
Friday came around and teams headed straight to the pits at 8 a.m. By that time, everything on the field is already finish and teams can set up in the bleachers and wait for the opening ceremonies to start at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony was amazing. All the team mascots were in a short little mini parade around the field. The matches began at 11 a.m. and ended around 8 p.m. After that, we invited teams to meet us for some laser tag fun!
In addition to all of the robot fun, Genisys Credit Union and McLaren Health sponsored the Distracted Driver Simulator that was a bit hit! There was always a line and everyone had fun and learned some important lessons about how to drive safely.
There were a lot of good bots, and even a few experienced hall-of-fame teams — Team 51 Wings of Fire and Team 67 HOT — were present at the Mott competition. While the matches took place, some of our team members were helping out in the pits, serving concessions, fixing arena pieces, and even watching the game to get a good look at what this season's FRC competition will be like when we compete ourselves this week in Battle Creek. It was nice to see everybody working really hard, especially the parents who came in to help out with everything.
The last day for competing was on Saturday the pits opened at the same time at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony was at 9 a.m., and the second half of the competition started at 9:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., it was alliance selection time, and teams' scouting had to be perfect to help them pick the teams that would complement each other and catapult them to the top. At 2 p.m. we held STEM Day 2016 and invited all elementary students to take part in tours and a short parade to get an up-close look at robots and FIRST.
Teams began competing in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals after lunch. In the end, Team 33 Killer Bees, Team 67 HOT and Team 4003 TriSonics took home the gold and won the whole thing. Congratulations to all the teams that won awards, including our cross-town rival Team 3098 The Captains from Waterford Kettering High School. CLICK HERE to see the complete list of winners.
After awards, teams stayed to help tear down the field and pits, which surprisingly only took about an hour or two.
For someone who has never been to an FRC event before, I thought it was outstanding, and I have high expectations and I'm anxious to go to Lakeview High School in Battle Creek next week. You can follow the action with #LakeviewFRC on Twitter.
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR GENEROUS FRC SPONSORS
Thank you to GM Foundation and Michigan Department of Education for their continued support!
We also thank the following 2015-2016 sponsors to date:
Wayne State University's C2 Pipeline
Paulson's Audio & Video
Cross The Road Electronics
Genisys Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet
Laser Cutting Company, Inc.
NSB Agency, Inc.
Oscar W. Larson Co.
Terminal Supply Co.
Discount Battery - Waterford
Cottage Inn Pizza - Waterford
Far Flung Travels
Henn Racing Technologies
LCPL Troy D. Nealey AMVETS Post 1583 (Eaton Rapids, MI)
Light Green Water
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists
MO-TEC Automotive Service
Ridge To Valley Roofing, LLC
The Wernette Law Firm, PLLC
Rhonda M. Seals
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman