The Western Georgia League Tournament of the FIRST® Tech Challenge took place in the Hughes Gymnasium this past Saturday. Thirty robotics teams from the Etowah and Douglasville leagues battled to compete for a spot in the Georgia State Championship.
Eagle Robotics Teams 7373 Carbon Fiber and 11364 Diamond Plate had outstanding days. The entirety of the season meet results were accumulated and added to the seeding rounds of Saturday morning’s competition. At the end of seeding, Team 7373 was ranked #1 and Team 11364 was #12 in the league. Team 7373 acted as first seed alliance captain, while Team 11364 was selected by the second seed as an alliance partner. This means that both Eagle Robotics teams were in the semifinals. Team 7373 won the first best-two-out-of-three semifinal matches. Team 11364 also won their first semifinal match. In Team 7373’s final match, the robot suffered a spectacular but catastrophic failure that cost them the match. Team 11364’s alliance went on to win not only their semifinal, but also the finals. This means Team 11364 is a robot game tournament champion!
The highest tournament award, the Inspire Award, which includes robot performance, community outreach, judging interview, engineering documentation and learning from professionals in the STEM community, was awarded to Team 7373 Carbon Fiber.
At the end of the day, both Eagle Robotics teams were awarded advancement into the State Championship. The championship will take place at the Cobb Civic Center on February 22-23.
Congratulations to the members of Team 11364 Diamond Plate: E. Bethel, M. Green, S. Haygood, L. Lumpkin, and T. Mateychak for their fantastic robot finish, and to the members of Team 7373 Carbon Fiber: S. Baker, M. Bunn, A. Hanson, T. Idowu, J. Kessock, S. McCune, B. Mueller, K. Moss, L. Spinetto, G. Terry, and E. Torp for their league dominance and highest honor Inspire Award!