Author: Maddie Brien // Social Media Manager for #MICMP: Ayrton Seals
Team 2612 participated in the FIRST in Michigan District Championship in Grand Rapids this past weekend. Unfortunately, it didn't go as well as we had hoped, even though we had some great matches with high scores. We didn't make it past the qualifying matches and missed qualifying for the FIRST Championship (world championship) in St. Louis by only a few spots. Out of 411 Michigan FRC teams, we ranked 84th, the top 20% in the state. You can see all of the Michigan rankings on the FRC leaderboard*: http://frc-districtrankings.usfirst.org/2016/FIM
Besides the actual matches, our team stayed very busy with scouting and social media. You can recap our matches, the excitement of the state championship, and Gov. Rick Snyder's visit to the event by checking out our Twitter feed, #MICMP.
You can check out our Twitter videos and watch us in action: https://twitter.com/CorsairRobotics/status/720711150481121281 and https://twitter.com/CorsairRobotics/status/721077922866589696
And, the weekend wasn't all work and no play. At the event, there was a lounge area for video games and even a giant Jenga-type block game. A few universities had tables so students could talk to representatives about their engineering programs. And, on Friday night after the qualifying matches, our great mentors surprised the team with go-kart tickets and ice cream sundaes. We had a blast! Thank you, mentors!
The Corsairs worked hard this season, and without a doubt, we deserved the right to appear at the state championship. We may not have have done as well as we wanted, but we're all still proud of all we've accomplished this season. We hosted the Mott FRC competition at the beginning of March, which is an incredible feat on its own. We ranked 2nd after qualifying matches in two district competitions, which doesn't happen by accident. Team 2612 has done incredible this FRC season, and even though we didn't advance to the world championship, we're still pretty proud of ourselves.
So, here's to Team 2612, the team of 16 students and 8 mentors who worked well together and advanced further than it has in the past three years, won the Entrepreneurship Award at the Lakeview district event, built and programmed two robots in six weeks, and had an overall great time this entire season. It's been a great ride, and we had a ton of fun. We worked hard and always believed in ourselves and in each other. And, even when I've graduated and gone next year, I know Team 2612 will continue to grow and prosper every year.
Let’s go, Corsairs!
*Special shout-outs to Our Lady of the Lakes' Team 5053 who helped us scout during the state championship and Kettering High School's Team 3098. We wish both teams good luck as they represent Waterford in St. Louis. Congratulations on advancing to the FIRST Championship! We plan to be there with you next year.
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