2015 World Championships

Team 624 recently competed at the 2015 FIRST Robotics World Championships, held in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome. More than 600 teams from across the globe came together to play in the grand finale of this year’s challenge, Recycle Rush.o start off the week, the pit crew worked diligently to reconstruct Gravity, which had been dismantled to fit in the crate required for shipping to St Louis. Before long, our robot was picking up totes and making stacks once again. We started off rough in the qualifications, but by the end of Friday, we were ranked 4th in the inaugural Tesla Division, the highest Team 624 has ever achieved at the Championships. We were invited by the number one seeded team 2481, the Roboteers, from Illinois, to join their alliance. We then selected our friends on team 3847, Spectrum, and 2930, the Sonic Squirrels to round out our alliance. Our alliance put up 212 points in our first match, but a few intake malfunctions gave Gravity some trouble in the second quarterfinal, after which we were knocked out. We thank the Roboteers for inviting us to their alliance again and would be excited to play with them again in the future. A few of our members went to conferences, which included the extremely informative Controls presentation held by teams 254 and 971. We were also invited to the Design Philosophy book meeting, on which we will be writing about Traditional Design techniques as well as a few other subjects. Our friends on Team 118 captained the number one seeded Newton Alliance, comprised of 118(the Robonauts), 1678(the Citrus Circuits), 1671(the Buchanan Bird Brains), and 5012(Gryffingear), to become the 2015 FRC World Champions. After nail-biting semifinals and robot issues, their alliance came out on top. We are very proud of 118 and their alliance and congratulate them once again on their win. We are proud of all our students’ and mentors’ hard work and appreciate the help of our sponsors to make this season as incredible as it was. We still have several offseason competitions to go, so stay tuned!