From April 18 to 20, we were able to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This was definitely an out of this world event and tears were shed at the end.
Since there were so many teams, the competition was split up into 7 different divisions and our team competed in the Hopper Division. We were able to win 6 of the 11 qualification matches and tied in one of those matches as well. After all 114 qualification matches were done, our team ranked 30 out of 68 teams and it was time for alliance pickings. We were able to be picked for the 4th seed alliance by team 2158 ausTIN CANs along with teams 1425 Error Code Xero and 7121 Keller Fusion Robotics. Although we didn’t win our matches during the quarterfinals of our division, it was really exciting to compete with everyone.
We also invited FTC teams from the middle schools in our district to attend on Thursday. A few of our members helped to give tours and get the students excited for what they can do in FIRST robotics. We lead the students through the FRC pits, the Innovation Faire and showed them the competitions. They were very enthusiastic about the event and joining our team when they get to high school! We were also filmed by KHOU live on Friday where some of our members showed off our robot!
The Welcome Party on Thursday really helped to bring down the stress levels for many of our students. At the party there were many family board games and some photo-booths where we took group pictures and made lasting memories. There was even a silent music festival which was very interesting. We were all given headphones and the music that was playing would be the same for everyone. Everyone was dancing and having a great time. Definitely a moment to remember.
The next day, as we finished our qualification matches, a few of our members helped lead tours as student ambassadors. It was a fulfilling experience as we informed guests about FIRST robotics.
On the last day, after the finals matches for each division were done, next came the playoff advancement to see which two teams will move on to compete at Minute Maid Park. This must have been very nerve-wracking for all the teams in the playoffs but congratulations to the alliances from the Turig and Newton Division for playing at Finals. It was an intense finals match for the World Championships. We also would like to congratulate team 6986 PPT Bots from Nanjing, China for making it to the finals as the first Chinese team playing at Minute Maid Park. We hope to see you guys next year too!
Congratulations to the Newton Division alliance with teams 973 Greybots, 1323 MadTown Robotics, 5026 Iron Panthers and 4201 The Vitruvian Bots for winning the Houston World Championship for 2019! Congratulations to team 1902 Exploding Bacon for winning the Chairman’s Award as well! Super congratulations to ALL the teams for making it to World Championships and we hope to see you again next year!
Afterwards there was a whole fireworks celebration! It was so emotional especially since this will be the last competition that the seniors will compete in. Everyone hugged and cried our hearts out because this season was amazing and we will all miss each other! World Championships was so much fun and it was great to see so many different teams from around the world! This was a beautiful moment that everyone will remember.
We also can’t wait for the FIRST RISE 2020 season that will be powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. Good luck to all the teams next year and may the force be with you!
Please enjoy some more photos from World Championships 2019!