By Wendy Hayworth
This past weekend bore witness to the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition. 58 teams competed for a chance to move on to the World Championship held in St. Louis.
Lee’s Summit West’s Team Titanium 1986 seeded second in the qualification matches and joined the top seeded team for the elimination rounds. This alliance went on to win the regional competition. This is Team Titanium’s second regional victory this year and they will be heading to the World Championship on April 23-26.
"This year's game, Aerial Assist, is challenging. The game was designed to require the three robots on an alliance to work together or assist each other to complete the game objectives," Team Titanium coach Nancy Spatz said. "Negotiating positions with alliance partners and making sure everyone perform their function is a big component."
In addition, Team Titanium won the Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award and senior and co-caption Cameron Lerch won the Dean’s List Finalist Award.
"He earned the Dean's List recognition because of his support and promotion of all levels of FIRST including mentoring FLL teams, helping with STEM summer camps, and making presentations to the community about the team," Spatz said.
So far, Team Titanium is the only Lee’s Summit FIRST Robotics team advancing to the World Championship.
Lee’s Summit North Broncobots 1987 seeded 18th and were in the fifth seeded team. This alliance made it to the quarterfinals.
For their creative use of LED lighting and bicycle breaks they were awarded the Industrial Design Award.
The Bronocbot’s next stop is Denver Colorado on the weekend of April 3.
"The Greater Kansas City Regional is always a very competitive regional. This year was no different," Broncobot coach Lynn Griffith said. "We were pleased with our robot’s performance and cohesiveness during our first competition."
Lee’s Summit High School’s Team Driven 1730 seeded 7th and were picked up by the third seeded team. This alliance advanced to the semi-finals.
"Since our practice robot is slightly different, we had very little time to adjust to the robot and make it function the same way," Team Driven senior Luke Orr said.
Team Driven also took home the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award.
Next up is the Bayou Regional on April 3 in Louisiana.
"We aren’t qualified for championships yet, but hopefully we will be after the Bayou," Orr said.
Metro Home School Robotics Cyborgs 1825 seeded 12th and picked up by the 6th seeded team. This alliance made it all the way to the semi-finals. This was their last competition of the season.
"We’re proud of our team and are happy for the teams that will go on and represent our region," The Cyborgs coach Chris Lawatsch said.
Their next chance to showcase their robot will be at the annual off-season event held at Lee’s Summit High School, Cowtown Throwdown.