World Championships were huge this year with 608 teams competing. It was broken down into 8 divisions with 76 teams in each division. Since we knew our robot was not the best offensive robot, we were busy optimizing our robot to do one function well. It was noticed, and we were picked in the 1st round by the #8 seed. This is only the 2nd time Rockford Robotics has been selected to compete in eliminations at the World Championships, and the highest we’ve ever been selected. Our team captain showed Gracious Professionalism® when they decided that the alliance would be better if the 3 robots they selected competed together, so they sat out of the eliminations. We knew it was going to be difficult fighting from the #8 seed without our alliance captain in what appeared to be a difficult division. The alliance came up with a great strategy to play to each robot’s strength, but ultimately we finished 5th in the quarter-finals and just missed out on the semi-finals.
Some quick facts:
- We were in Newton Division.
- We ended in Ranked 46th with an average qualification score of 115 and average playoff score of 195.
- For comparison, at Central Illinois Regional we had an average qualification score of 74.17 and average playoff score of 48.5. At Midwest Regional we had an average qualification score of 75 and average playoff score of 74.5
- We were the 8th overall pick (First round pick!) selected by our alliance captain team 4118 (Rank 11). Our other Alliance members were team 955 (Rank 14) and team 4954 (Rank 29).
Beyond the competition, our team had a chance to connect with a Peoria, IL team that wants to do a robotics rollout within their school system, similar to one that Rockford Robotics is doing within RPS205. It’s awesome to see our students not only doing everything they can to promote STEM within our community, but also helping impact other communities.
THANK YOU to our sponsors and families. It would be difficult to compete at the same level or conduct as many community outreach events and technical training classes without their support.