The Redbacks have arrived back in Sydney after competing in the Houston World Championships! As there was no post from the last day of competition due to an exciting finale and much needed sleep, the post has been delayed until now.
The final day of the Houston Championships included awards, alliance selection, division playoffs and the Einstein field matches.
Team 4613 were awarded the Excellence in Engineering Award in the Galileo-Roebling joint awards ceremony for a unique flipping arm mechanism and consistent autonomous routines during the competition. This was followed by Alliance selection, with the Redbacks seeded third in the division. Teams 5190 - Green Hope Falcons, Team 6429 - 4th Dimension and Team 1939 - KUHNIGITS were all picked to join Alliance 3. The Galileo Division playoffs were filled with upsets, with none of the top three alliances advancing past the quarterfinals.
Alliance 4, which included Team 4488 - Shockwave and Team 1574 - MisCar, represented Galileo Division on the Mass and Energy Einstein fields after winning the subdivision. The fifteen round-robin Einstein matches played on the two Mass and Energy fields included some notable upsets, and finished with the Hopper and Carver divisions reaching the finals at Minute Maid Park. The final Einstein standings had Hopper division in first place, including two Team IFI members: 254 - The Cheesy Poofs and 148 - RoboWranglers. They were followed by Carver, Newton, Roebling, Galileo and Turing in descending order.
The Redbacks headed to Minute Maid Park to spectate the final, with an eventful first match - which included two robots with respective issues - before a dominating display from the red Hopper Division alliance rounded off the competition in match two. Special congratulations to Team 254 - The Cheesy Poofs, for rounding off a spectacular 2018 season without a single defeat, winning every single one of their matches. Also, Team 148 - RoboWranglers for a similar season, only losing a mere four matches.
Shoutout to our Team IFI members who competed at the Houston Championships, Team 148 - RoboWranglers, 254 - The Cheesy Poofs, 987 - HIGHROLLERS, 1296 - Full Metal Jackets, 1678 - Citrus Circuits, and 3310 - Black Hawk Robotics. We would like to wish good luck to the other IFI teams competing at the Detroit Championships soon: Team 33 - Killer Bees, 1114 - Simbotics, and 2056 - OP Robotics.
Finally, a huge hint about the 2019 game coming up! FIRST has revealed the theme for the 2019 games from FLL Junior up to FRC. All the 2019 games are space themed and about our exploration to Mars. FLL Junior will be playing Mission Moon, FLL competing in Into Orbit, and FTC's competition will be Rover Ruckus, presented by Qualcomm. The entire set is called FIRST Launch, with FRC rounding off with Destination: Deep Space, presented by Boeing, who are exploring methods of reaching the moon and Mars.
Our students are catching up on much needed sleep at home after arriving in Sydney at around 6am this morning. School starts in less than a week, and rest is definitely needed after such an eventful experience. Students who travelled for the first time were extremely pleased and visibly excited, and many of our students managed to sneak in a couple of shirt trades during the competition.
We're all in need of a rest and ready to compete at the Duel Down Under in late July. Following that, just the waiting game and for more hints and teasers for the 2019 game, Destination: Deep Space!
Over and out - Team 4613: Barker Redbacks