2019 DEEP SPACE Season
In DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, we join two competing alliances collecting samples on planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next sandstorm arrives.
The MARS/WARS robotics team competed in two FRC regionals, the Central Illinois Regional and St. Louis.
We started our first regional at St. Louis during the third week of competitions. We didn't do as good as we wanted to but we ended up being the seventh ranked team out of forty-eight other teams. After showing the number forth alliance captain, Team 4256, Cyborg Cats, our strengths, they picked us as their first pick and Team 7472, Jesu Robotics, as their second pick. We fought our way passed the quarterfinals but we unfortunately lost in the semifinals in two matches against the number one alliance. We left the St. Louis competition with no awards and hopes that the next competition would be better and would give us our pass to worlds.
On the fourth week of competitions, CIR was our second competition. CIR proved to be a very rewarding regional. There was a total of forty-eight teams competing in CIR. Overall we ended up as the second ranked team. We were the number two alliance captain and picked Team 5442, Mechanical Monarchy, and Team 4256, Cyborg Cats, to compete with us. After fighting hard alongside our team, we unfortunately were eliminated in the Finals. Although as luck would have it, we received the Wildcard and we went to Worlds in Detroit. During the award ceremony we received the Excellence in Engineering Award.
FIRST World Championship
This was our fourth time visiting worlds in the seven years we have been competing in FIRST Robotics. This year, worlds were held in Detroit, Michigan, which for us was a longer drive than we are used to. It seemed crazy that we went from forty-eight teams at regionals to four hundred eight teams. We were put into the Darwin Division with sixty-eight other teams. We ended as the twenty-eighth team and lucky enough to be the third pick for the number three alliance with Team 225, TechFire, being the captain, Team 125, NUTRONs being the first pick, and Team 503, Frog Face, being the second pick. During the second match of semifinals, Team 503 blew their engine so we were put in. Little did we know that it would be our last time competing for the 2019 season. We lost to the number two alliance in the semifinals and they went to Einstein and won the whole competition. The 2019 season was an exciting one for the seniors to end on. We hope next year we can break the pattern of us going to Worlds every odd year.