13 Jan 2014 9:33 AM | Shari (Administrator)

Lord of the Bricks FTC Team 7039 is headed to State Championships! 

The team competed this past weekend on Saturday, January 11 at the Southwest Virginia FTC Regional Qualifier at Southwest Virginia Community College.  The five-member team competed consistently well, advancing in 6th place out of 24 teams into the semi-final rounds. 

They were a finalist for the PTC Design Award, which "recognizes design elements of the robot which are both functional and asthetic. successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robots but complement its purpose. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of the CAD tools, Creo and Mathcad. PTC gives licenses to the FTC student teams for these software products to help them with their designs. Use of these tools is not required to be eligible, however, teams that use them in their design are given extra consideration for this award." -USFirstg.org

The team took home the trophy as the recipient of the Think Award.  "This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.  The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award will include those describing the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned. A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the Engineering Section of the Engineering Notebook." -USFirstg.org

The rookie team has previously competed in the Central Virginia Qualifier, placing 7th place out of 24 teams, and in the Northern Virginia Qualifier, where they were a finalist for the Connect Award, and won the Finalist Alliance Award as one of the last two alliances standing.  Great job, Team!

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