On March 7th of 2019, the F.A.S.T. Team will be competing in their 1st event of the 2019 competitive season. The event scheduled to be held at Belleville High School serves as one of the two teams regular season events. Team 7056 will be competing with their newly built robot which is named "VADER". The theme for this season is associated with the 50th anniversary of man landing on the surface of the moon. The game this year is being called "Destination: Deep Space" and it encompasses the movement of two specific game pieces called "Cargo" and "Hatch Panels". The End Game portion of each match involves lifting a robot onto 1 of 3 platforms that have different elevations. An explanation of the game can be viewed by using this link here! The F.A.S.T. took the time to analyze the game and decided to position the design of the robot and its strategy to help the alliance they will be assigned to each round of the competition. The team looks forward to the chance to compete and prove their robot is one to contend with!
The F.A.S.T. Team qualified for the Michigan State Championships in our FIRST season and competing in the Power Up game! This was accomplished by accruing enough points through our 2 District events and being awarded the Rookie All-Star Award! The event was held at Saginaw Valley State University April 11th through the 14th. The F.A.S.T. Team would like to thank our community partners for providing the funds needed to travel to, compete in and pay for the fess of this event. You can view our partners on the Our Partner tab!
You can visit the Michigan State Championships page by clicking this link: Michigan State Championships. Team 7056 was competing on the DTE Energy field with the most competitive field to date and at the entire event. In the end, the team did not make the playoff rounds BUT was awarded the Rookie Inspiration Award for the event which is awarded to a team that has the best catalyst for a team that will be successful in the future. This was a huge accomplishment for the team to be awarded this special award and feels like we accomplished many achievements during our Rookie Season!
From March 22nd to March 24th Team 7056 competed at the Lansing District event held at Mason High School. Out of the 40 teams that competed at this district event there was 14 Rookie team that took their first chance at winning a coveted Blue Banner. during the qualifying matched the F.A.S.T. Team was ranked #1 in the Vault point Catagory and #5 in the Climb/Park Catagory. At the end of the qualifying matches, Team 7056 was ranked 23rd going into the alliance selection process. 7056 was selected for the 5th alliance partnering with Teams 5205 and 6556.
During the 1st of 3 matches in the quarterfinals, the 5th alliance misses in the autonomous portion of the match left Team 7056 and our partners in a deficit that could not be overcome. Team 7056 and the rest of the 5th alliance won the next 2 matches in a dominant fashion to eliminate the 4th alliance and advance to the Semi-Finals. During the semi-finals Team 7056 and the 5th alliance fought valiantly but were outmatched by the #1 alliance and District Winner. This competition was a great start to the history that the F.A.S.T. Team will create in the future in the FIRST community and within the FRC Organization!
Fowlerville High School's robotics team, The F.A.S.T. Team 7056 competed at their 2nd District event in Lakeview Michigan during the weekend of April 5th, 6th, and 7th. The F.A.S.T. Team looked to iterate and improve their performance from a great 1st event at the Lansing District event. The teams that made up the Lakeview Event were a more seasoned field of competitors and with only 8 Rookie Teams in attendance at Lakeview, the F.A.S.T. Team would have to continue their consistency which was on display at the Lansing event.
The drive team from Team 7056 continued to improve their solid performance from the previous event and with added weight to their robot's chassis the drive team picked up and deposited cubes into the exchange with quickness and greater accuracy. The scouting team for the F.A.S.T. Team refined their scouting methodology for this event and had the data and pick list to prove it when it came to the alliance selection process at the end of the qualifying matches. During the alliance selection, Team 7056 was selected for the 8th alliance and joining Teams 5502 and 5688. With two robots that reach the scale, the alliance was a solid alliance to compete for the coveted District championship.
In the first match of the playoffs, one of the alliance partners robots was tipped over but thanks to the rest of the teams in the alliance, including Team 7056, the margin of defeat for that match was lessened. The second match in the playoffs was short lived as the opponents quickly took the scale in auton and won the match eliminating the 8th seeded alliance in the Quarter Finals. That seemed to be the end of the event for Team 7056 but within the Awards presentation the F.A.S.T. Team was selected and awarded the highest award that can be given to a Rookie Team and that was the All-Star Rookie Award! This award and the district points that were awarded to the F.A.S.T. Team with that award helped them Qualify for the Michigan State Robotics Championships! This a great accomplishment for Team 7056 and the team looked forward to making the arrangements to attend the State Championships both as a Rookie All-Star presenter and qualifying the Robot for competition!