This weekend, we attended the first FTC competition in BC in 6 years!
The event went very well. We had 7 rookie teams and 5 experienced teams from all over the world. Every team showed up, with at least one robot, and managed to compete in most of their matches. Some of the rookie teams ranked higher than one of the experienced teams, due to the ranking points scored in matches. None of the teams managed to win every match, meaning Team Standings were decided by ranking points.
Match 13 was probably the most suspenseful match of the day, due to lights which kept turning off, and a robot which started just before the clock. It was a lot of fun for the spectators to watch and for the robots to play in.
Our team ranked 3rd with 8 qualifying points. We were chosen for an alliance with Auto Vortex, the team from Romania, and we became the Winning Alliance! The finals matches were tough, and were very close, decided by the autonomous period and particles scored.
At the end of the day, when awards were given out, we received the Control Award, so now we can say we have the best FTC programming in Canada. We will be seeing Helios and SKID at the World Championships, in Houston at the end of April. We have a lot to do between now and then.
Our thanks to Faculty of Engineering at the University of Victoria for agreeing to host the competition.