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Team Titanium: Undefeated
March 9, 2013
Team Titanium went undefeated at their
first regional tournament in Lubbock, Texas
qualifying them for the World Championship
on April 24th-27th in St. Louis
By Wendy Hayworth
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
This past weekend, Lee’s Summit West High School’s Team Titanium Robotics (FRC 1986) put their robot to the test for the first time at Regionals in Lubbock, Texas.
For six weeks the team has been working almost nonstop to design, build, program, and test their robot.
In this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent, robots can score points by shooting Frisbees into goals of varying heights and climbing a pyramid shaped tower. Team Titanium took on both challenges.
“Our robot can pick up Frisbees off the floor with a loading scoop, receive Frisbees from the human player at the feeding station, shoot Frisbees accurately and forcefully into the high point goal, and climb to the top level of the tower which is 90” above the ground,” Team Titanium Mentor, Nancy Spatz, said.
The tournament begins with qualifiers. Alliances of three teams are randomly selected and pitted against each other. For each of the 11 matches, each team was put into a new alliance. This allows the teams to better decide which teams they want in their alliance for the elimination rounds.
Having been the only team to win all 11 matches Team Titanium, along with seven other top teams, drafted their ideal alliance. Team Titanium joined forces with the Cockadoodle Dominators from Chicksasha, Oklahoma and The Dapper Dans from Kountze, Texas.
This alliance was unstoppable and won the elimination round. Team Titanium had not lost a single match.
The alliance has qualified for the World Championship which will be held on April 24th-27th in St. Louis.
Team Titanium took home more than just a victory. They were honored with the Entrepreneurship Award for the business plan prepared by senior Laura Spatz. They also won the Quality Award for the construction of their robot. A junior on the team, Jay Urban, was given the Dean’s List Finalist Award. This award is the highest honor given to a FIRST participant. This award is granted based on essays written by Mentors of the hard work done by the team members. There are only 10 spots on the list.
Team Titanium made a presence on and off the field. The tournament organizers could not provide a webcast for this event. Team Titanium took it upon themselves to set it up. The tournament gained almost 10,000 unique views over the course of the weekend.
In addition, Team Titanium helped other crews as they frantically worked to fix their robots and get them up to code.
Team Titanium will compete again at the Hale Arena in Kansas City on March 14th-16th and in Oklahoma City on March 28th-30th.
Team Titanium’s major sponsors are NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and TradeBot. Other major financial sponsors are GE; Northpoint Development; Dr. Tom Cates, DDS; Intuitive Surgical; Paradise Park; US Engineering; Honeywell; Deauville Apartments; Siemens; KC STEM Alliance; Time Warner Cable; and Delmer and Ruth Harris. Local businesses that sponsor the team by assisting with some aspect of the robot build or providing materials are Kastle Grinding, Venture Industrial Products, Billy Goat Industries, Metals USA and CK Enterprises.
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