After winning the Queen City Regional with Team Titanium and the Pink Team, we qualified for the World Championship. Most of the team flew, while some took the thirteen-hour drive. On Wednesday, we went to the Innovation Fair, where we talked with a lot of FIRST sponsors, received giveaways and saw demonstrations. We then had to set up the pit (Shoutout to MOE for transporting some of our stuff). On Thursday, the qualification matches began (Newton Division!), and our rank fluctuated throughout the day, though our robot performed consistently. During our lunch break, some went back to the Innovation Fair and others went to Scholarship Row and tried liquid nitrogen graham crackers. That night was opening ceremonies, and several inspirational speakers announced the Dean’s List winners – congrats to those who won! Roboprom was also that night and thanks to Team 399 for a great first Roboprom!
On Friday, we played more qualification matches and our final rank was 60th. We met a lot of people from other teams, “sealed” some pits, and just overall had a great time. Saturday morning was the awards ceremony and alliance selection, and though we were not picked, we had fun the playoff matches. After the playoffs, Einstein was played on two separate playing fields, and Teams 118, 1678, 1671, and 5012 from Newton won! Closing Ceremonies consisted of Chairman’s being awarded to Team 597, and Dean Kamen speaking (Note: Dean’s Homework is to spread FIRST faster). The night went out with a bang with DJ Andy Caldwell, Christina Grimmie, and Boys Like Girls who were all fantastic. We had the best time and hope that we will come back next year!
Finally, thank you to everyone who made it possible to go to Worlds. Without your help, we would not have been able to experience something that for some people may be a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you!