Today we had our first day of the World Championships! We went through judging, set up our pit, and saw an absolutely amazing opening ceremony!
We were able to meet many teams from over 15 different countries at the event, everyone with a unique approach to this year’s challenge.
We also got to play our first match of the competition, we were able to learn about the new issues that we have never encountered before at BC Championships, and we are ready to improve for the next ones.
After a long day, we decided to relax in the pool, mess around, having a bit of fun, before calling it a night.
If you are interested in watching the matches, you can watch them here on twitch, our match schedule is: 1. 20, Red 1 2. 39, Red 2 3. 52, Blue 2 4. 76, Blue 1 5. 96, Blue 1 6. 113, Red 1 7. 137, Red 2 8. 156, Blue 2
We can’t wait to play more matches, and see more of what this event has to offer!
It has all been leading up to this moment, everyone working together to design, build, and program the robot. Volunteering and organizing Outreach and Connect events, competing in scrimmages, and BC Championships, all to get to… The World Championships!
As we prepare to leave for our flight, we prepare to transport our robot, pack up our field, and prepare. In the past three years, FIX IT has qualified for the World Championships but never had a chance to compete due to Covid-19. For all of our team members, it will be our first time at the World Championships!
Thank you to the VI-Tech Park for providing us with a space to set up a field. We’ll miss our temporary digs in Mystic Beach!
We are all excited, and can’t wait to meet teams from all over the world. Safe travels to everyone!
On Feb. 26, 2022, 3491 FIX IT competed in the first in-person Championships in over two years! It was held at at Khalsa Secondary School in Surrey. For some of our team members, this event was their first live competition.
Overall, we came 17th place out of 28, having a total point score of 404, averaging 80.8pts per match.
On Nov. 20, 2021, 3491 FIX IT competed in the first live FTC scrimmage in over a year and a half! It was great to get back to in-person matches playing FREIGHT-FRENZY, and meeting the teams for a very fun Scrimmage!
We had a good first scrimmage, with an average score of 75.2 pts each match, and the highest score in the scrimmage of 177 points!
Earlier this month, FIX IT competed in the Asia Pacific Open Championships hosted virtually from Australia. We all had a lot of fun in the competition, learning about many team’s extremely impressive mechanisms, and being able to experience competing with an alliance partner!
In this competition, Beyonce held her own! Our Autonomous program works very consistently, we are always able to score Wobble Goals in the drop zone when needed, and we can effectively collect and shoot rings in both the high goal and power shots!
BC Championships marked the end of the season for FIX IT. Although this year was challenging for everyone, we persevered; working together to build the best robot we could, and constantly improving our robot over time. Even though the pandemic has separated us physically, we continued to reach out to other teams and communities. We created and led workshops, while continuing to connect with companies such as Boston Dynamics and Battlesnake.
And in the end, this would all pay off in BC Championships…
This year gave us many firsts, both good and bad.
In FIX IT’s 12 year history, it was the first year we didn’t get to travel to and compete in Washington; the first year that we didn’t get to meet other teams in person.
It was also the first time we won the Inspire award in BC, and the first time we were part of creating a network in which all BC teams can communicate together – helping each other through the season, from giving each other advice to improve their robot, to providing outreach opportunities for other teams.
It’s almost time for our two seniors, Ines and Mythri, to leave the team. We’ll miss them, but hope to see them as Alumni volunteers at events!
With the season now finished, we’re planning on how to develop our skills this summer, reaching out to our community and connecting with other companies, as we prepare for next season. And we defintely need to find some girls to join our team. ( And wishing for a Water Game! )
League 5 is the final FIRST Tech Challenge league event in British Columbia, and it was a success! All of our team members at the workshop did an amazing job during practice and during scoring matches.
Beyonce didn’t have any mechanical issues, but it was clear that we need more driver practice.
As a part of Fair Play, we recorded all of our matches, available for everyone to see on YouTube.
We are all excited for Wednesday, the Virtual Pits with League Wrap-up. We’ll see how we did compared to other teams around British Columbia.
We then played some matches. It was a little difficult getting the match up and started, but we managed to do it! Every other team seems to have the same struggles anyways; whether that was randomization or autonomous and it took the full 2 hours to get through all the teams. The lag on discord also made some matches harder to watch.
It was a fun day and chance to see more FTC people.
Fair play is a new program for FIRST Tech Challenge teams It was started by Mark Eldeman to “provide encouragement (and maybe a bit of extra incentive) to “do the right thing.”
In order to be a Fair Play team, a team must be:
As a team, take the Fair Play for FTC pledge
Fair Play teams will publish robot match videos with scores and encourage comments and feedback from other FTC teams. It’s a great way for all teams to get better at scoring their own robot matches this season.
On March 6, FIX IT hosted a workshop called “How to Create a Virtual Pit” for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams. It was designed to help FTC teams with making a Virtual Pit, and potentially helping them with judging interviews. For this workshop, we invited two FTC teams from Washington, Team 3805 Atomic Robotics, and Team 417 S.K.I.D., to help with the presentation.
We covered what is a Virtual Pit, and how to plan for one. Half way through our presentation, Atomic Robotics and S.K.I.D. presented their Virtual Pits to give an example of a Virtual Pit. Then we moved on to topics like how to make the most out of visiting pits, the importance of asking questions, how to cope with technical difficulties, and additional tips.