A few weeks ago, Northern Force students and mentors alike held their first All Team Meeting in a very long time, however this time, it was over Zoom. It was a strange new experience for everyone but we managed to get through it, seeing approval from most attendees. During the meeting, we introduced new students to the overall idea of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Using breakout rooms (a feature within Zoom to create smaller meetings within the original), students on the Leadership team held small conversations with new students to introduce them to 2019’s game; Destination: Deep Space. New students were given the opportunity to watch the animated trailer, read over the Game Manual, and devise optimal strategies for winning matches and obtaining Ranking Points. The team also went through the same orientation stuff as each year, describing the season, talking about subteams, registration, etc. The team also discussed the possibility of tackling one of FIRST’s many new challenges that have been introduced for the “at-home” season this year. Team 172 is bound to have many more meetings like this in the near future.
After a slow build season and a rough start to the weekend at the South East Mass District Event, Team 172 was able to get on its feet and win a few qualification matches with Sparky, this year’s robot. After playing hard, Team 172 was ranked 31st in qualifications and was the second pick of Alliance Seven. Team 172 was eliminated in the quarterfinals, 0-2. Despite the rough turn out, members of Team 172 remain proud of their work and will continue to improve for the upcoming Pine Tree event in Week Six.
Here’s a shout out to team member Max and his team of match scouts. Our scouting at Bridgewater was awesome, led by Max. He took on the difficult task of organizing teams of students to watch matches and collect data about other teams to help us in match strategy, and during alliance selections. Team 172 and Team 246 worked well together.