Today unfortunately marked the last day of our trip, but it was no less exciting than every other day. We went and visited the NASA Johnson Space Center!
We were able to see everything from a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft used to build the Internation Space Station, a replica Delorean in the exhibition, to seeing the actual control room for the Apollo 11 mission, and seeing all the controls and screens as they were in 1969!
Afterwards, came the sad part of the trip, returning home. We all had so much fun throughout the trip, from meeting teams from all around the world, competing at an amazing event, to visiting a NASA center and seeing the Gulf of Mexico, this was an amazing trip, and we hope to do it again next year.
With the World Championships now concluded, the team decided to head down to Galveston to have some fun and relax. Upon arrival, we had an amazing lunch at a local restaurant.
We then decided to enjoy ourselves at an amusement park, with the majority of the team deciding to go on some rides!
But much more importantly, we found a restaurant named “Bubba Gump Shrimp Co,” named after the movie “Forest Gump,” which our team deeply enjoys.
Today was an amazing day to slow down, relax, and take a breather after all of the excitement of the World Championships. We look forward to visiting the Johnson Space Center tomorrow before returning home!
Today marked the last day of the World Championships, with absolutely amazing final matches displayed by their amazing robot, teams, and performances, and absolutely stunning finale!
And although there were teams that won, and lost, we would like to congratulate ALL teams competing at the event throughout the week, and congratulations to all the Dean’s list nominees, finalists, and winners, and a special thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers that make events like this possible, without you, this would never have been possible.
After the event, came the worst part of every trip… Packing. So, our team decided to… Well, see for yourself.
We had an absolutely amazing time at the World Championships, and we hope to be back next year.
Today was the final day of qualification matches, we played the last 4 of our matches, getting a new high score of 221 points! Ending at a ranking of 137 out of 160. But much more importantly, we all had a huge amount of fun, including watching an amazing display of team mascots dancing in front of the fields!
And of course, following FIRST tradition, we wore a tiara for Tiara Friday!
Unfortunately, we were not picked for the alliance selection, but we would like to congratulate not only everyone in the finals but also every single team for their hard work and dedication, allowing them to compete in the World Championships!
Afterwards, we decided to indulge ourselves in some food trucks at the “Block Party” enjoying some delicious food while sharing stories around the table.
We ended the day with another swim and some card games, and we all can’t wait for tomorrow. Good luck to all the teams competing!
Today we completed three more of our matches, performing a lot better than yesterday! We had a high score of 189 points! We were able to showcase not only our strength in scoring in the Shared hub while playing defence, but also to spin and score the ducks at the same time!
All of our team members also had some personal highlights from today’s event: Amren: “I liked the kimchi fries and experience of Field Coaches and want to be able to pass the knowledge to younger team members. Specifically, practice everything you want the robot to do. It doesn’t matter how simple it seems, practice it! Now I understand how important it is to have someone watching the field and making decisions.” Bryce: “It was great to talk to a team who we could relate to easily since they had an extending arm so we could talk about the woes of wiring moving arms.” Hanson: “It was great to see some of the expos in the innovation fair, especially worth noting a mini copy of the Internation Space Station, which is able to mimic the ISS in real-time.” Ishaan: “I liked listening to the Rap songs from different teams. They get a $100 gift certificate from our sponsor Actuonix.” Jackson: “I liked looking at FRC, it’s bigger, louder, but the rules seem simpler and not as many points.”
Afterwards, our team decided to continue to try out amazing Houston Food! With Truffle Fries, Pasta, and Pizza, all in a Texas Style. And of course, with lots of work, comes with lots of fun:
We have a match first thing in the morning, and we can’t wait to get started!
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!