This past weekend, the Lake Orion High School FIRST Robotics Team 302 traveled to Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio, for their initial competition in this season’s POWER UP game and left as a champion.
The team’s hard work during the past six weeks to design, build and test their creation paid off as they went undefeated in the qualification matches. Entering the playoffs, the Dragons, as 4th place alliance captain, chose to team up with Team 4362,The Gems from Brighton, and Team 3397, The Robolions from St. Louis, Mo.
There were some tense moments during the second quarterfinals match as one of their partner’s robots broke down and Team 302 chose to take on their opposing alliance partners in a 2 vs. 3 robot duel. The move paid off with a win for the excited crowd. With their partner’s robot fixed, the alliance completed their remaining matches and finished the day as event winners, only losing one match during the entire competition.
As a result of the win, this group of talented students, have qualified to compete at the inaugural FIRST World Championship in Detroit to be held at Cobo Center and Ford Field on April 25-28.
The team was also proud to receive the “Gracious Professionalism Award” for assisting multiple teams who encountered technical issues with their robots at the competition. This award reflects one of the basic principles of FIRST, that teams learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect.
Team 302 is grateful for the support of all of their 35+ community and corporate sponsors which provide the students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on STEM skills. Next up on their schedule, the team travels to Lansing to compete on March 23-24.