2013 FTC World Champions!
We are a FIRST Tech Challenge team consisting of 6 members from Lakeville, MN. This is our third year in FTC (or FIRST Tech Challenge). At the 2013 World Championships we were the first pick of the winning alliance, also winning the PTC design award for our CAD models. Our team is widely known because we are enthusiastic, competitive, and sportsmanlike. Our team consists of 6 girls and 1 boy. Over the 9 years of our team we have become more of a family than a team. We are a neighborhood team. 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.
We are Wisconsin State Champions!!! We competed in Milwaukee the first weekend in February and had tons of fun. We finished as second seed and won the Inspire Award!
On Tuesday, we were part of the "It's all FIRST to me" webinar put on by FIRST for teams who are transitioning from FLL to FTC. It was super cool to be an official part of that webinar. We were also the lead in segment to Woodie Flowers! How cool is that? If you want to see our section as well as the three others about transitioning click here to check it out.
We are the World Champions! Fish in the Boat along with Alliance Captain 4251 Cougar Robotics and 5096 Monkey Madness were the winning alliance! We also won the PTC Design Award and were nominated for three other judged awards, including the Inspire Award.
For more information on our experience at the world championship click here.
See video from the world championships here.
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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.
Check out Gene announcing the score of the FINAL match of the FTC 2013 World Championships! Fish in the Boat, Cougar Robotics, and Monkey Madness are crowned World Champions winning the final match 251 to 230!
Fish in the Boat, Cougar Robotics, and Monkey Madness are crowned World Champions.
It still hasn't hit. We did this thing. I can say that I am a world champion. There was one time in fifth grade where I took part in a trivia contest at the library. I came in fourth and later complained that I never won anything. That, my little ten year old self, is no longer true. An the thing I love about FIRST is that you aim to compete with teams at their best and I feel like your job and your goal should be to help teams get to their best. You talk to people and make connections. It's not just running around a field trying to score - don't get me wrong, I love lacrosse - it's making sure everyone is learning everything they can, meeting everyone they can, networking with everyone they can, and meeting others who spend their time in similar ways you do - expanding the new knowledge to everybody else . This is FIRST. This is my life. I wouldn't trade it for the world. ~ Erin
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