On Saturday, January 18, the intrepid Williston Wildcat Robotics Team set out at 5:15 am in the dark and the snow to compete in the FTC Challenge Qualifying Tournament in Arlington, MA. Eighteen high school teams from the northeast converged on Arlington High School in the snow and slush.
The Wildcats faced a number of challenges during the day. The robot (“The Bull”) required a few changes to optimize its performance. Our Team worked feverishly in the pits to modify the software to compliment the hardware improvements that we made. We were also pitted against a number of teams with robots that had already qualified for the State Tournament and had many competitions under their belt.
Williston Wildcat Robotics hung in there refusing to be pushed too far down in the ranking. At the end of the Qualifier, the Wildcats place 13th out the 18-team field. We learned a great deal from this competition and have already started the list of improvements for The Bull!
Future competitions for the Wildcats are:
– Scrimmage at the Chickering Elementary School, 29 Cross St, Dover, Mass. on January 25*
– Final Qualifying Tournament at Ursuline Academy (Dedham, MA) on February 8
*Please note the new location as of 1/23/14 is Chickering Elementary, not Dover High School.