FTC-Iowa: 2013-2014 Qualifier Summary

**For a detailed breakdown to see how your team did at a specific event, check out the Yellow Alliance page.

 

Jan. 18, 2014 - Kennedy Qualifier, Cedar Rapids

Jerry & Cheryl Sheehy and the Kennedy Robotics team - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

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Jan. 11, 2014 - Sergeant Bluff Qualifier, Sergeant Bluff

Dave Nelson, DeeAnn Zimmerman and the 4H Robotics program - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

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Jan. 4, 2014 - Southwest Valley Qualifier, Corning

Heidi Lumbard and the students at Southwest Valley School District - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

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Dec. 14, 2013 - East Buchanan Qualifier, Wintrhop, IOWA

Mark Nall and the students at East Buchanan School District - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

  • High Score: Qualifier Match #13 20-207
     
  • Highlights: 23 teams passed inspections and competed. We had blocks scored during autonomous, pendulums balanced, robots hanging, and even a double robot hang. Final Match #2 had a score of 121-126!
     
  • Award Winners
     
  • Teams Who Advance

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Dec. 14, 2013 - Central College Qualifier, Pella, IOWA

Stephen Fyfe and the employees & students at Central College in Pella - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

  • High Score: Semi-Final Match #1 217-104 and Final Match #2 - 217-163
     
  • Highlights: 21 teams passed inspections and competed. We had blocks scored during autonomous, pendulums balanced, robots hanging, and even a double robot hang. Final Match #2 had a score of 121-126!
     
  • Award Winners
     
  • Teams Who Advance

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Dec. 7, 2013 - John Deere Qualifier, Johnston, IOWA

Ann Culver and the employees of John Deere Des Moines - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

  • FTC Strategy: As many teams know, FTC is much more than just about the robots - Gracious Professionalism, team work and always strategy. During alliance selection is when the most amount of strategy comes into play. The top four ranked teams get the opportunity to ask another team to be an alliance partner with them and move forward to the semi-final matches. However, if a team is invited by another team, but declines that invitation, then they are no longer able to be invited by another team. We had a situation in such that two teams (A & B) wanted to be partners, but another team (C) extended an inviation to one of those teams. Team B declined the invitation from team C, but did not realize that team A could no longer invite them to be in the A & B alliance. A needed to invite another team. The Alliance Selection is probably a favorite part to the event as it reminds the students that strategy is an element to the FTC game.
  • High Score: Qualifier Match #25, Score: 16-207.
     
  • Highlights: All 24 teams who registered passed inspections and competed. We had blocks scored during autonomous, pendulums balanced, robots hanging, and even a double robot hang. Final Match #2 had a score of 121-126!
     
  • Award Winners
     
  • Teams Who Advance--

Nov. 16, 2013 - Mt. Vernon Qualifier, Mt. Vernon, IOWA

Coach Richard Scearce - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

  • FTC Family: The FTC community is a family. Not only are the volunteers wonderful and dedicated, but also the coaches have been very dedicated. At the Mt. Vernon Qualifier, it was great to see so many co-coaches serve as judges and referees for this event, even though their teams were not competing. Its wonderful to see the family of coaches who help each other.
     
  • Special Guests: It is so wonderful when we have special guests to witness the FTC magic (which includes the teams, coaches and volunteers). This weekend, we welcomed Iowa House Representative Daniel Lundby as a FTC judge and visitor Rep. Quintin Stanerson
  • High Score: Final Match #1, Score: 219-55.
     
  • Highlights: All 24 teams who registered passed inspections and competed. We had blocks scored during autonomous, pendulums balanced, robots hanging, and even a double robot hang.
     
  • Award Winners
     
  • Teams Who Advance
     
  • "Iowa students gaining interest in robots, other STEM programs", Gazette, Nov. 21, 2013

    ~~Our thoughts are out to team #7317. They competed at the Mt. Vernon Qualifier on Saturday and then their community was hit by a devestating tornado on Sunday. ~~

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Nov. 9, 2013 - LINN-mAR Qualifier, MARION, IOWA

Coach Dan Niemitalo - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

  • Gracious Professionalism:
    As this is still early in the season, the volunteers are starting to see great examples of teams helping other teams. During the Nov. 9 event, Team #5280 did not pass inspection due to the fact they had a pre-maufactured part; team #4150 and #4324 opened up their shop to allow them time to make the part. Team #3866 was having connection errors and three teams came to their resuce.  Gracious Professionalism is a great way of life!
     
  • Special Guests: It is so wonderful when we have special guests to witness the FTC magic (which includes the teams, coaches and volunteers). This weekend, we welcomed Iowa House Representative Art Stead, Representative Dave Jacoby, Reprensentative Bobby Kaufmann, Representative Daniel Lundby, Board of Regents Member Katie Mulholland, College of Engineering Dean Alec Scranton, College of Engineering Associate Dean Tonya Peeples. 
  • High Score: Qualfying Match #16, Score: 186-85.
     
  • Highlights: All 18 teams who registered passed inspections and competed. We had blocks scored during autonomous, pendulums balanced, robots hanging, and even a double robot hang.
     
  • Award Winners
     
  • Teams Who Advance
     
  • Photos -  Thanks, Sherry Schons!

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Nov. 2, 2013 - West Des Moines Qualifier, West Des Moines

FTC events are for volunteers: In Iowa, the volunteers are a family. It has been several months since our FTC family was together and we just clicked -- with no awkward family reunion moments. The FTAs, referees, inspectors, emcees, judges, scorekeeper and queuers did an awesome job! They are all amazing. Coach Emmaly Burklund - THANK YOU! for organizing a smooth and successful event!

Below are some highlights received from the teams!

  • Blue Ribbons:
    On Saturday, many of the volunteers were asked to wear a blue ribbon in support of a team member from Metro High School.  Below is an email from Metro Robotics Team #4175 & #4272
    "As the team member of one of the Metro robotics teams, we would like to inform you that two of our team members were in a serious car accident on October 28th, 2013. Kegan B. and Lafayette H. were both injured in the accident. Kegan has lacerations and road rash to his face along with a chipped bone in his left foot. Lafayette is still currently in Iowa City in ICU. One of the first two things Kegan asked after making it home from the hospital Monday night is "Will I be able to go to the robotics competition?" These guys have so much spirit and passion for FTC and robots that this has been a very rough wee for both teams. On November 2nd 2013, both Metro robotics teams wore blue ribbons in support of our team member who could not be with us at our first competition. We would like to ask for FTC's support and acknowledgement of this horrifying accident because both team members were a valuable assets to the school and team. We would also like to take the time and say thank-you to the judges and volunteers that also wore the blue ribbons at the West Des Moines qualifier on November 2nd, in support of Lafayette. Thank-you so very much." (Kegan was able to compete and be at the first competition and he was a huge moral booster for the team.)
  • Rookie Experience:
    "The competition was amazing! You guys really know how to set it up for the kids. Being a rookie team, getting in on an early competition was just such a great opportunity. Thank you so much for the invitation. It really has put a boost into our program. The team's whole attitude changed in yesterday's meeting. Ideas were flying, engagement stepped up 3 notches! Just what the team needed to pull it into a better perspective." -- Team 7529
  • High Score: Final Match #2, Score: 126-152.
     
  • Highlights: All 23 teams who registered passed inspections and competed. We had blocks scored during autonomous, pendulums balanced and robots hanging. Great event to start off Block Party!
     
  • Award Winners
     
  • Teams Who Advance
     
  • Photos -  Thanks, Sherry Schons!