Sunday, January 15, 2017

2016 - 2017 FTC Albany Qualifier

Our teams, Bat Bots FTC 6966 and BondBots FTC 8527, competed at the Albany Qualifier on January 14th. Both teams had some difficulties today, but everyone had a great time.      
Bat Bots Queued for Judging

BondBots Ready to Get the Day Started
Bat Bots had some mechanical issues they were not able to completely fix during the day. BondBots had some trouble with their autonomous programming. They were able to press both beacons during autonomous at our practice field, but were not successful at the tournament. They were able to quickly add a program that could knock the cap ball off the center structure and park partially on the center structure, to work cooperatively with a partner that had been able to get the beacons.

The Bat Bots showed off their new costumes and met up with friends they made during last year's competitions.
Bat Bots in Costume

We were able to complete another "first" for our program at this tournament. Due to the alliance partners selected by the top three teams, BondBots was able to slide into the position of being the 4th Alliance Captain for the semi-finals. While Zack, the team representative at alliance selections, did not show any change in emotion, he did get a bit pale. The team had prepared their list of potential alliance partners "just in case", so he was prepared to make a selection.
All the Teams at Alliance Selections

Zack Making His Second Selection

We all got the chance to network with other teams and coaches, including two additional teams from our area. Adirondack P-Tech FTC 12266, from Peru, was competing in their very first FTC tournament and Team Beta FTC 8397, from West Chazy, was also there. We got to meet a lot of new friendly faces as well.
Bat Bots With Old Friends

The North Country Represented
Bat Bots FTC 6966, BondBots FTC 8527,
Team Beta FTC 8397, and ADK P-Tech FTC 12266

At the end of the day, BondBots won the Connect Award. We are looking forward to the Regional Championships in February.

A few more photos from the day.
BondBots Pit Area



BondBots talking to the Judges

Bat Bots Competing

Bat Bots Competing

BondBots Ready to Compete

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