We were a FIRST team from Lakeville, MN. We participated in FTC (or FIRST Tech Challenge) for 4 years. At the 2013 World Championships we were the first pick of the winning alliance, also winning the PTC design award for our CAD models and at the 2014 World Championship we won the Connect award. We are now a retired team but over the 9 years of our team we have learned a lot and love sharing that knowledge with others. We are all very interested in science and technology, and we all agree that being in FIRST programs has helped us enormously.
Check out our list of awards!
For more information about the team click here.
This season Crystal mentored FTC-9132 Polar Vortex. They had an amazing year, winning the Inspire award at the Columbia Heights regional tournament and the Connect award at the Minnesota State Tournament.
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This Year's Challenge
Block Party is played on a 12’x12’ square field
with approximately 1’-high walls and a soft foam mat playing
surface. Two randomly selected teams are paired together as
an Alliance to play one match against a second Alliance.
Alliances are designated as either “Red” or “Blue.”
Scoring Elements are 100, 2”, 2oz. plastic blocks. These
blocks are yellow and can be used by all robots. At the
center of the field is an assembly that includes a center
bridge, pull-up bar, and two pendulums – each with four
“pendulum goal baskets.” Below the pendulums are floor
scoring areas. An Infrared (IR) Beacon is randomly placed
under one of the four goals on each pendulum after robots are placed on the field, but before the Autonomous period starts. The field includes tape to aid robot navigation and to mark protected areas. Each Alliance also has their own flagpole in opposite corners of the field.
Thank you to everyone for a fantastic world championship! We finished seeded 36th after the qual matches with a 4-5 win loss record, and were not selected for elims. We were finalists for the PTC Design Award and won the Connect Award at the World Championships! It was a fantastic experience for everyone, rookies and veterans alike.
We want to thank everyone for a fantastic nine years as Fish in the Boat and regret to inform everyone this was our last competition as Fish. We will (and already do) miss competing, but our seniors are never going to leave the program, already preparing for next season as coaches, mentors, volunteers, and alumni.
Thank you for all of your support during this season and the past nine seasons. Keep checking in for our summer plans (there are a lot of them !)
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