FTC team 4251, Cougar Robotics, went undefeated in 14 matches to become the 2013 FIRST FTC World Champions! Cougar Robotics, is a part of the FIRST Tech Challenge. FTC is an international robotics competition where students design, build, and program robots to compete against other teams in a challenge that changes every year.
FTC encompasses design, community outreach, and game performance. This year’s game was called “Ring-It-Up” where robots had to take rings off PVC dispensers and make tic-tac-toe lines on a center rack. Our team has 4 members; Joey Diamond, Sean Morehart, Nathan Nahhas, and Evan Hollins. This year, we qualified to compete at the World Championship in St. Louis by winning the Ohio State Championship Inspire Award and the Indiana State Championship robot game. In preparation for the World Championship, we fabricated major parts of our robot at the CIF. We also hosted a scrimmage for 3 other teams and ourselves at CIF to practice and tune our robots for the competition.
The World Championship was a 3 day competition held in St. Louis, Missouri. 128 teams from around the world qualified for this event and were separated into 2 divisions of 64 teams each. First, we had to win our division, then compete against the winners of the other division.
During the first 2 days, robots are randomly paired with and against each other in qualifying matches to determine the rankings within a division. At the end of the 2nd day, the top 4 seeded teams in each division (we were ranked 1st) chose alliances. This means we got to choose 2 partner teams to compete with us through the elimination matches. After intense scouting, we chose alliance partners, team 4140 Fish in the Boat and team 5096 Monkey Madness. On the last day, alliances play against each other in “best-of-3” elimination rounds. Each of the divisions has their own set of elimination matches, followed by the winners of each division playing each other. We went 2-0 in all of our 6 elimination matches with our chosen alliance partners, to win the World Championship, going undefeated in every match.