Friday afternoon

The alliance got off to a strong start, with 11 and 42 teams posting a strong win in the first round of a double elimination match against the 36-24-8 eighth seeded alliance.

The second round saw team 13 on the field, and the capping strategy quickly in disarray.  One of the teams allied against us had been matched with us earlier, and was well aware of our strategy.  They proceeded to unseat the capping ball while our driver tried to hold it down.  Leverage beat gravity, as usual, and they actually flipped our robot over.  Our driver was successful in righting the robot, using the versatile arm, but without the ability to cap, their hanging robot gave the margin of victory.

The final match saw the 11 and 42 teams once again with accurate shooting, but the rival alliance also piled up points, and in the absence of a cap, their hanging robot gave them a 5 point victory margin (75-70).  Their alliance was successful up until the finals, when it was overcome by the 27-18-48 second-seeded alliance.

In the Georgia Dome

Our friends, the FLL team "The Funky Monkeys", in the tunnels

On Davinci fields

FVC 11-42-13 alliance, 11 & 42 in first heat

On Davinci fields

First heat score

On Davinci fields

FVC 11-42-13 alliance, 13 & 42 in second heat

On Davinci fields

FVC 11-42-13 alliance, 13 & 42 in second heat

On Davinci fields

"Johnny" righted after being flipped holding down ball on mobile goal

On Davinci fields

FVC 11-42-13 alliance, opposition in second heat

In Georgia Dome

Sharon Eagle teams supporting, lost heat

On Davinci fields

FVC 11-42-13 alliance, 11 & 42 in third heat

On Davinci fields

FVC 11-42-13 alliance, final score, lost heat & eliminated

In Georgia Dome

Our teams gather up to return to pits

In pit area

Our teams on the practice fields, mentors vs. teams

In pit area

Teams meeting Radio Shack VP Joel Carter and Robot builder Grant Imahara

In pit area

Grant Imahara, of Industrial Light and Magic and now MythBusters

In pit area

Our teams on the practice fields, mentors vs. teams

In pit area

FVC team 13 breaking down their pit area

In pit area

Our friends, FLL team the Funky Monkeys, awards for Most Robust Robot & Gracious Professionalism

Near the pits

Radio Shack Vex area; displays, challenge fields & lounge

After we congratulated our opponents, and thanked our alliance partners, we headed back to the pit area to have a scrimmage between the team and the adult coaching and support contingent on the practice field.  We also meet a number of folks from Radio Shack, including Joel Carter, the Vice President for Product Marketing.  He was very gracious, and discussed Radio Shack's commitment and enthusiasm for the Vex product and the FIRST relationship.  He also discussed (in broad terms) upcoming products for the Vex line, including the programming environment.  It is to be C-based, with a visual shell not dissimilar to the Mindstorms programming environment.  It will allow just the Visual environment, just the C environment, or the two side-by-side so you can watch the generation of C code from the visual tokens.  It sounds like lots of fun is on the way!

He also introduced us to Grant Imahara from Industrial Light and Magic (Lucas), and now a host on Myth Busters (Discovery Channel, a favorite show with my team).  He builds models and animatronics professionally, and drives both R2D2 and the Energizer Bunny.  He has competed on both BattleBots (Comedy Central) and Junkyard Wars (TLC).  As well as being incredibly skilled, he is a very gracious and friendly guy, and examined and drove our robots on the practice field as well as conversing with our teams.

 


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