The team just got back from Saint Louis where we all had a blast competing against the best teams in the world. Championships was a great experience where the team had a awesome time competing and going on excursions to all of the wonderful places in Saint Louis!
The fun started when the team got on board our flight to Saint Louis. On the plane we found out we were flying with The Holy Cows and some of The Cheesy Poofs; some of the best teams in the world! Once we got to Saint Louis we had the rest of the day to hang out and enjoy the city. While walking around we were blown away with the way FIRST changed the city. You couldn’t go anywhere without running into another team, or having random people wish you luck in the competition.
The next day we had some extra time before the pits were open so we went to City Museum. There, we had a blast and would highly recommend it to anyone that ever finds them self in the area. It is like a Chuck-E-Cheese built with steel scaffolding in an old sock factory. Fun, strange, and slightly dangerous their was no way that we couldn’t love the place!
The next day the competition began and we were enthralled with the teams the made it to championships! We got all fired up by watching the Killer Bees, Robo Wanglers, The Cheesy Poofs, and lots of other great teams compete! What amazed us even more was how well our fellow Arizona teams did this year.
Arizona, despite not being a robotics heavy state, was well-represented: We achieved 12th in our division, the NERDS placed 13th, the Bionic Bulldogs ranked 32nd, Falcon was picked by the third seed alliance and the All Knights won their division and made it all the way to Einstein field.
After all the competition was over and the winner was declared we got to listen to inspirational speeches by people and organizations like: The Air Force, Monsanto, Dr.Woody flowers, Grant Imahara (a Mythbuster), and FIRST founder Dean Kamen.
At the end of the championships we all flew home and instead of calling it a year our team got to continue working on the robot for yet another competition, AIA State Championships. As always, the Bit Buckets can never seen to find rest!