This past weekend we participated in not one but two state championships! On Saturday we went to Pennsylvania States. We won 3 out of our 5 matches and were nominated for the Motivate award and the PTC design award. Unfortunately we couldn’t qualify for super regionals at PA like we had hoped, however New Jersey was a slightly different story.
The next day, Sunday, we headed to New Jersey States. We were undefeated until our very last match in the qualifiers which left us in 1st place in our division, Parkway. We selected team 4347 Nanogurus and team 247 The Game to make up our awesome alliance. Unfortunately we lost in the semi finals. We were nominated for the Connect award but our hope for super regionals had pretty much run out when we didn’t win any awards. Lucky for us, the highest ranked team that hadn’t won an award (MOE) got an invitation to super regionals!! We’re so excited that our season isn’t over and we can’t wait to see everyone in April! Good job to all the incredible teams that competed at PA and NJ!
Team ThunderMinds is an all-girl, homeschool team from Northern Delaware. Our team member Emma has been mentoring them since she graduated from the team and joined MOE. They recently competed at the Delaware FLL State Championship and did really well! They won the Robot Design: Strategy and Innovation award. They’re a great team and we’re eager to see them compete again next year! Check out their website at http://weather4.weebly.com/
This week’s team of the week is our good friends, team 395 Robauktics. They are a local Delaware team and at the Delaware State tournament we selected them to be our alliance partner. We were very happy to work with a great group of kids from Delaware. We even made it to the finals with them. They have also been at multiple of our outreach events and they have constantly supported us. We hope to see them at future outreach events and we hope they continue to have a good season.
This past Saturday we got to compete down in Dover, Delaware for the Delaware State Competition! It was a blast. At first we were disappointed that the competition wasn’t being held at the Bob Carpenter Center like it has been for years, but the new location was still nice and we all agreed that it was less intimidating. The day started out well with a great interview session and we never lost our MOEmentum. We were undefeated and in first place for most of the day until we lost our last qualifying match. We finished in fourth place which meant that we were alliance captains. We chose team 395 Robauktics and team 4077 MASH. We made a great alliance! We made it all the way to the finals and held out until the very last match, which we unfortunately lost.
We were very excited to see how well all of the rookie teams did, especially the teams that we had the opportunity to help throughout the season. We couldn’t be prouder of Bad News Bots, the Flaming Phoenixes, Bionic Builders, and the EngiNerds
This year’s robot finally has a name! The Block MOEbile! This isn’t to be confused with our team name, MOE, which is permanent. Each year we name our robot, keeping with the MOE theme and sometimes with the game theme. Let us know in our poll what you think of our new robot name!
Here is our 5th weekly video! We’ve been so busy with building, programming, outreach, and competitions that our “weekly” videos are no longer weekly. We don’t have any more competitions until February so we are excited to get back into doing our vlog! This video is about all that we’ve been up to lately.
HPRobotics/Beastie Bots team 3785 offers free website hosting for all FTC teams. MOE has been using their hosting for the past season and a half. That’s why this team is our team of the week. Any team looking to sign up for this hosting should go to ftcteamhosting.tk. We saw this team last year at Worlds and from what we can tell from their twitter and facebook they have been having a good season. They won the Inspire award and were a winning alliance member at the CMSA qualifier. We hope they continue to have a great season.
Recently we went to our second PA qualifier of the season! We had a great day! Because we had already qualified for PA states we tried to just have fun and relax. We also let everyone on our team try driving the robot in at least on match. Although the relaxing part didn’t really work, the switching up of drive teams went great. The new drivers did an awesome job! After finishing in 9th place our good friends, Mini MASH, picked us as their first alliance. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it through semi-finals. We won the MOEtivate award and were nominated for the Think award.
This past Saturday we were able to reach out to FLL students at an FLL qualifier at Conrad high school. It was a great opportunity to let the older students know about the next step up, FTC! Many of the students and parents were interested and we are eager to help a few groups who are looking to start FTC teams next fall. We also got to cheer on the FLL teams that we graduated from, including the team that Emma mentors and that I visited Good job ThunderMinds!
We competed at the Oxford Qualifier for Pa on Saturday, November 16. We had a great time competing with all the teams at the tournament. We finished 2nd overall in the Elimination Rounds going undefeated in all 5 matches. As an alliance captain we selected 4347 NanoGurus. We competed against team 4999 Imagine It and 7055 Cruzin’ Comets. They defeated us in 3 very tough matches. We were nominated for two awards the PTC and Innovate Awards. To cap off an amazing day we won the Inspire Award! Here is what the judges said about our team. “The Inspire Award is given to a team that best represented a role-model FTC Team. This team was a strong competitor on the field today and placed high in every judging category. They are very included in community relations. They have a strong social network presence to promote the FTC values in all their endeavors.” Congratulations to all the teams who participated and moved on to PA states, great job!
Additionally, we competed at the Robo-CATastrophe Qualifier for New Jersey states last Saturday. There were many competitive and great teams at the event. We finished 5th overall in the Elimination Rounds. Our highest score was 217 which was the highest we have ever scored in a competition. We were selected as an alliance partner by 3983 Highland Undefined who also selected 5873 Dragon Terminators as our other alliance partner. We would go on to be the winning alliance! We were all very excited. In addition we were awarded the Motivate Award, which we were all proud about. Great Job to all the teams that competed. GO MOE!
The MOE Battery Board debuted at the Oxford, PA Qualifier in November 2013. We had several teams ask about it, so below is some additional information.
In the past, we had challenges around keeping everything charged, knowing where all of our batteries were located and knowing what has been charged and what needed to be charged. We saw a nifty solution by Team 3538 Say Watt last year that inspired us to make our Battery Board.
The Battery Board was created to manage our chargers and batteries in a compact and organized manner. It currently includes a power strip, two Tetrix battery chargers, two NXT battery chargers, a bin to hold two Tertrx batteries, and straps to hold two NXT batteries. The Tetrix batteries and chargers have been converted to Anderson Powerpole connections.