By Wendy Hayworth
While the Broncobots were waking up to snow, Team Driven was waking up in the Bayou this past weekend.
Arriving at the hotel Wednesday night after a very long bus ride, the team was brimming with excitement and ready to get going.
At 7:45 Thursday morning they unloaded the robot. At 830 a.m. the doors opened and it was time for regionals to begin. Before the robots can take to the field, each pit must pass inspection.
"A lot of the team was helping other robots and teams. Some robots had a lot of work to do and the efforts of Team Driven helped those teams pass inspection and allowed them to compete the entire weekend," senior Team Driven member Luke Orr said.
Teams were allowed to spend their first day practicing in preparation for the qualification matches on Friday.
Team Driven ended the qualification rounds as the third seed with a record of 9-1. Their alliance went on to win the quarterfinals and was eliminated in the semi-finals.
"We had no big problems with the robot. It was robust. It did what we designed it to do," Orr said.
Team Driven won the Engineering Inspiration Award, which qualifies them to attend the World Championship in St. Louis along with Team Titanium on the weekend of April 23.
The judges for the Engineering Inspiration award had this to say about Team Driven: "This Team impacts communities by developing camps geared toward technology development and advancing the ideals of FIRST. They align with corporate partners for investments, insight into high tech careers and visibility within the community. This team inspires and coaches other teams to develop their own camp programs further impacting students, faculty, mentors and alumni. Their inventive alliance partnering app which allows collaboration among teams is just one example of their measurable successes in furthering engineering and technology. Impact, Alignment and Inspiration makes the Team Driven!"