FiT Dripping Springs Event

FiT Dripping Springs Event

Wow, what a start to our 2020 Team 624 Competitions!!! This past weekend we competed in the Dripping Springs, Texas District Competition Event. What an event and outcome for Team 624!  CRyptonite came in 3rd place after 12 Qualifications Matches and went on to be the #2 Alliance Captain taking our Alliance to the District Event Finals! In addition to the on-field performance, CRyptonite also won a team award, the Innovation in Control Award! It was a full weekend of Robotics that could only happen with such strong support from the students, parents, and mentors. A big thank you to those who help in the logistics, hotel setup, meals, car pools, transporting the team trailer, and venue transport of our students for this large group of 60 individuals. 

Here is a short list of major items to recognize:

  1. Team 624 had students work as volunteers at the Competition, helping with setting up the field on Friday evening and being Student FIRST Ambassadors across the weekend. Way to go Ambassadors Enaya, Christia, and Cassandra! The Senior FIRST Mentor for Dripping Springs gave special recognition to your expertise and help in being Ambassadors and training other Ambassadors. Team 624 CRyptonite’s help was recognized and our expertise was greatly appreciated!
  2. Team 624 Mentors volunteered to help FIRST at the event, with Lorrie Button-Edelson as Lead Queue, David Edelson as Field Supervisor, and Dr Muskopf as Field Supervisor Assistant. Thanks guys!
  3. Team 624 won the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation. This is a continuation of winning this award for Team 624! The Innovation in Control Award celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical, or software – to provide unique machine functions.
  4. For the On-Field competition against 32 teams, after 12 Qualification matches across Saturday and part of Sunday, Team 624 came in 3th place headed into the Elimination Rounds. At this point CRyptonite had pushed every element of the robot to the limit, keeping the pit crew engaged in replacing/repairing the ball intake and the climbing arms. With Scouting Team data in hand, Team 624 started the Alliance Selection as the #2 Alliance Captain. We picked Team 4610, BearTecs from Bastrop, TX and Team 6155, ElektraBots from San Antonio, TX. CRyptonite made it thru the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals to then take on the #1 Alliance of Team 3847 Spectrum, Team 1477 Texas Torque, and Team 3240 Orion in the Finals. CRyptonite played two hard matches and ended up placing 2nd.

Check out the attached picture of the Team with our 2020 plaques, medallions and trophies. The awards will be displayed in our RSC Build bay. It is a great start for 2020!

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We are set and looking forward to the Oklahoma City Regional Competition in about 2 weeks, immediately followed by the Houston District Competition Event at the Aldine ISD Campbell Center. Along the way we will continue to tune and optimize our robot and our strategies to win a spot at the FIRST World Championship at the George R Brown in mid-April.

Go CRyptonite!