Saturday January 26 was an exciting day of robotics competition in Cincinnati. All seven of the Loveland VEX Robotics Teams competed in a qualifying tournament at Scarlet Oaks, and all of them moved on to the afternoon elimination rounds. Loveland High School team 10565B finished third in qualifying rounds and was an alliance* captain. All three Loveland Middle School teams, 97310A, B, and C were also alliance captains. Team 97310B and their alliance partner 10565D performed well in eliminations until losing in the semi-finals. The Loveland VEX teams will compete again on February 9 at Milford Junior High School.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Loveland High School Teams 10464 (The Bionic Tigers) and 5040 (Nuts and Bolts) both competed in the Cincinnati Qualifying Tournament at Walnut Hills High School. The Bionic Tigers were captain of the winning alliance and won the Inspire Award, which is the highest award presented at a tournament. The team was also a finalist for the Connect and Innovate Awards, and qualified for the Ohio FTC State Championship.
Nuts and Bolts was the first team selected by the Bionic Tigers for their winning alliance, and won the Control Award for “the team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges.” Nuts and Bolts also received second place for the Inspire Award and was nominated for the Design and Motivate Awards. (Detailed descriptions of the various awards can be found here.)
Both The Bionic Tigers and Nuit and Bolts will be competing next at the Ohio FTC State Championship on February 23 at Loveland High School. For more information, go to lovelandrobotics.com
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*New to robotics and wonder what alliances are? Both FTC and VEX compete with four robots on the field – two on the red alliance and two on the blue alliance. During qualifying rounds, alliances are randomly determined. Team members don't know who will be on their team until the morning of the competition, and it changes each round. Since there are usually about six qualifying rounds, they could even find that their partner for one round is the opponent in a later round! After qualifying, all teams are ranked. The top teams are captains, and they choose their alliance partners for the elimination rounds. In VEX they choose one alliance partner, in FTC they choose two. All matches in elimination rounds are played with these chosen partners so the alliance wins or loses together, but the alliance captain was the one who chose the group.
Caption: FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Loveland High School teams 10464 (The Bionic Tigers) and 5040 (Nuts and Bolts) at the Cincinnati Qualifying Tournament at Walnut Hills High School on January 26.
Article posted on January 31, 2019.