Eagle Robotics thanks
Karen Moss Everson
John and Elizabeth Adamson
Robert and Laura Baars
David and Kimberly Epps
Willie and Linda Chrisp
Stephen and Kelly Moss
Eagle Robotics competed on January 21st, 2017, in the FIRST Tech Challenge CircuitRunners Second Qualifier, held at East Cobb Middle School, in Marietta, Georgia. Eagle Robotics Diamond Plate (Team 11364) qualified for a berth at the State Championship.
Eagle Robotics Team Diamond Plate, also known as Team 11364, took high honors and top hardware at this event. This team of freshmen and sophomores finished the seeding round of 40 in fifth place, was selected into the third seed alliance as first pick, won the semifinal round in 2 out of 3, and landed in the Finals, which is also a best 2-out-of-three match event. The Eagles won the first Finals Round match and was left with only one match to win the tournament. A mechanical malfunction in the second round left them 1 and 1, with the entire tournament riding on a single two-and-a-half minute match. When the dust had settled, the Eagles completed the match driving on only three wheels and with the score so close no one knew who had won. In an unprecedented event in the history of the FIRST Tech Challenge, when the score had been counted and reconfirmed, the Final match had ended in a tie. (see reaction photo in the gallery below). The Eagles lost the final tie-break match, but finished the day awarded the highest trophy for the event, the Inspire award. This award advances the team into the state championship. Our Eagle Robotics teams are now both in possession of an Inspire Award this season, which constitutes a top-ten ranking in the state. They will both compete at the state championship at Clayton State University in February. See details further down the page on awards. We are so proud of our Eagle Robotics Teams!
Team 7373, Eagle Robotics Carbon Fiber was originally scheduled to compete in this event. When it was revealed that FIRST had more teams needing competition slots than there were openings, the Eagles took action. In an attempt to enrich the experience of all teams, and in a gesture of Gracious Professionalism, Team 7373 gave up their spot in the tournament so that another team would have the opportunity to compete for the right to go the state championship. Uncomfortable with not attending the event, however, Team 7373 volunteered to help run the tournament. Team 7373 in its entirety helped this event run as smoothly as any event we've ever attended. Thank you, 7373 for walking the walk, not just talking the talk, and putting others FIRST! You embody the ideals of putting the concerns of others above yourselves! (Philippians 2:3-4). You know how to make sure that in all things we put "First things First", and live out Matthew 6:33!
Judge Match Observer: Sam Yalew, Jacques Gatipon:
Field Technical Advisor/Assistant: Jordan Moss
Field Reset and Score Tracker: Jasmine Chrisp, Alex Mueller, Nick Weaver, Andrew Love, Brian Baars, Sam Kim
Audio/Visual: Phil Han
It was our pleasure to host First Leg0 League Eagle Robotics Teams 19711 Master Builders and 6762 Code Busters for a pit tour and lunch during the competition. Special thanks to Stephen and Kelly Moss, and Coach Randi Terry for coordinating this visit and encouraging our middle school Eagles to remain Eagles for life!