On Wednesday April 23, 2014, the Thurgood Marshall Robotics team goes to St. Louis, MO for the FIRST Robotics World Championship where 400 teams from all over the world will compete to become the First Champions. Team 2665, the Cougarbots, was one of the three winners at the Queen City Regional that took place March 27 – 29, 2014. They won with their alliance teams 16 (BombSquad from Arkansas) and 447(Team Roboto from Indiana). This year’s game is called Aerial Assist. Aerial Assist is played by two competing Alliances of three Robots each on a flat 25′ x 54′ foot field, straddled by a lighting truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2 minute and 30 second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their alliance receives. Only one ball is re-entered in to play, and the Alliances must cycle a single ball as many times as possible for the remainder of the match. With the single ball, they try to maximize their points earned by throwing balls over the truss, catching balls launched over the truss, and scoring in the high and low goals on the far side of the field.Alliances receive large bonuses for “assists,” which are earned for each robot that has possession of the ball in a zone as the ball moves down the field.
In St. Louis on Wednesday the team will arrive at the Edwards Jones Dome and load their robots in. At approximately 6:00 pm the practice matches will begin. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning the team will participate in Qualification Matches. On Saturday is when the Alliance selection takes place and if the team is selected for an alliance then they will have an opportunity to become the championship winners and visit the President of United States of American at the White House. The team also has been invited to a pizza party on Thursday by another local team, team 3138 Innovators Robotics, and will attend a baseball game on Friday to participate in the FIRST parade where they will parade around the field before the game.
Team 2665 is from the High school Thurgood Marshall in Dayton, Ohio. the team consist of seven members and has had a team for the past. they were also 2013 Ohio State Championship Finalist where they competed against 23 other teams from Ohio. They are currently placed 11th in the State and will attend and compete in the 2014 Ohio State Championship. The State Championship will be held on May 17, 2014 at thurgood Marshall High School located at 4447 Hoover Ave. The State competition is free and open to the public. For more information on the FRC competitions visit www.usfirst.org.