2018 First Power Up Season
FIRST® POWER UP, the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, includes two alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances are working to defeat the boss in order to escape!
The MARS/WARS robotics team competed in two FRC regionals, the Central Illinois Regional and St Louis.
During the second week of competitions, we went to our first competition in St. Louis. Out of forty-nine teams, we we ended as the fourteenth ranked team. This was our first year that we had a different driver for each of the competitions. For the competition in St. Louis, Cole Hunt was the driver along side Charlotte Wilkes, the human player. During this season's game, the human player was in charge of giving boxes to their robots and taking boxes from the robots and using them for power ups. Through all our hard work, we made it to the quarterfinals. The third alliance captain, Team 3397, the Robolions, picked us as their first pick and Team 931, Perpetual Chaos, as their second pick. We lost to the sixth place alliance in only two matches. We left the competition with no awards and we weren't going to worlds but we had a second chance with the Central Illinois Regional.
The Central Illinois Regional was a little more exciting and we were able to fight a little longer and make it to the semifinals. In this regional there were thirty-seven teams, which we ended as the fourth ranked team. Our driver for this competition was Ryan Meyer alongside Charlotte Wilkes, as the human player again. When it came time to picking the alliances we were the fourth ranked team, but the first ranked team picked the second ranked team. So we ended up being the captain of the third alliance. After careful consideration, we picked Team 1736, Robot Casserole, and Team 4356, BIG Furious George. We made it through the quarterfinals but lost in the semifinals. We took the second alliance team to three matches but we weren't able to pull off the win. We left that competition with no awards again and we were not going to worlds. It was the end of the 2018 Season for us and it was time to say goodbye to our seniors.