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Panther Robotics, back from their week at Huston

David Warford, Staff Writer

Last week our robotics team Panther Robotics (3218) went to the FRC championship in Houston. The format of the tournament is a bit different from most competitions, even amongst FRC. there are six divisions, Turing, Roebling, Newton, Hopper, Galileo, Carver. Then the final division, Einstein. There are 67 or 68 teams per division, the winners of each division. Although sadly Panther Robotics did not advance to Einstein; Panther Robotics placed 28th within the Turing division.

The teams that made it to einstein were: Robonauts (118), Robowranglers (148), X-CATS (191), Cheesy Poofs (254), Harker Robotics (1072), Robo Lions (1261), Full Metal Jackets (1296), Kell Robotics (1311), MadTown Robotics (1323), Triple Strange (1533), MisCar (1574), Up-A-Creek Robotics (1619), Citrus Circuits (1678), The FBI – FIRST Bots of Independence (1723), Chill Out (1778), Space Cookies (1868), ILITE Robotics (1885), RoboActive (2096), Team Appreciate (2468), The Flying Platypi (2655), Jack in the Bot (2910), Spartabots (2967), Ha-Dream Team (3075), Jackson Hole RoboBroncs (3374), Code Orange (3476), Invictus (3593), Sultans (3965), SciBorgs (4061), Shockwave (4488), The Highlanders (4499), CyberKnights (4911), Apophis (5006), R Factor (6024).

The Einstein matches were extremely entertaining, sadly their footage has not yet been added to The Blue Alliance. The winners were Cheesy Poofs, who finished their season undefeated after about 100 matches. However, the second placed alliance was cyber knights, jack in the bot, the Highlanders, and Apophis. Cyber Knights and jack in the bot are both teams from Washington, which were both at Panther Robotics second regional event, jack in the bot being the only team to ever beat panther robotics at the event (not including the people on an alliance with jack in the bot)

The final matches of the championship took place at the minute maid stadium. It’s quite strange to see a robotics match taking place inside a baseball stadium. It’s a best of three between the two finalists. There is also the finals of the FTC championship that takes place in between the other main FRC matches.

The minute maid stadium was not the only building the event took place in, the majority of the matches took place in the nearby convention center. There were 6 fields that were playing matches simultaneously. One field for each division, this lasted multiple days, each game giving teams the opportunity to increase their ranking. Teams within the top 8 advance to playoffs, they are allowed to pick three other teams to join their alliance. Then the winners of each division face of against each other. There are about 112 qualifiers. In order to gain ranking points, there are a few things you can do in a match. The most obvious one is to win, that grants 2 ranking points. The other one is to get all your robots to pass a line in the first 15 seconds, this is done without driver control. It is typically the easiest ranking point to earn. Then there is the ranking point you get for climbing, during the last 15 second you are allowed to climb on a bar. You can either get three robots to climb to get 1 ranking point, or have to climb and get a power up throughout the match to count as a third climb, getting multiple climbs turned out to be one of the most difficult things to do in the entire game.

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About the Writer
David Warford, A & E, Staff Writer
David is a senior who attends the skill center. Outside of the skills center, he enjoys gaming. His all time favorite game is DOTA2.
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