This month we competed in the Ra Cha Cha Ruckus, an off-season FIRST Robotics Competition event put together and sponsored by members of several Rochester and Western New York-area FIRST teams. This event uses last season’s robot and gives our new and returning members additional experience in a competition setting.
We had some very successful qualification matches, going 4-2 and finishing with a rank of 12 out of the 36 teams present. Following the qualification matches, the 6th alliance captain, Team 1334 (The Red Devils from Ontario, Canada), asked us to join them in the finals. We also recruited team 2228 (Cougartech from Honeoye Falls, NY) to join our alliance and ended up working well together despite being eliminated in the quarter final rounds.
Our robot and drive team played consistently well with few technical issues. Every student present had a chance to be on the drive team throughout our qualification rounds and we also came up with a lot of ideas for the upcoming season.
Thanks to Penfield Robotics and everyone else who put on this great event. And thanks to all of our teammates who attended.