4/8/2014 4:44:00 PM Petoskey Middle School robotics team compete at FTC Robotics North Super Regional
The FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Super Regional was held the weekend of April 4-6 at the Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA. Seventy-two teams from 13 states competed over 2 days for a chance to go to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO.
The local Petoskey Middle School team, G3 Geeks, Gears, & Gadgets, fell short of their goal of advancing to the World Championships, but did a good job of competing in this challenging event. The G3 Team was one of eleven teams out of more than 160 from Michigan to qualify for the Super Regional. In Iowa, they were competing against high school teams with many years of experience. The teams competing at the Super Regionals made up the top seven-percent of FIRST teams in the world. The competition was fierce, but G3 performed well and placed 33rd out of 72 teams and won their last three matches.
In the judged awards, G3 won a huge honor; they were one of three finalists for the Think Award. The Think Award is a judged award given to the team that best reflects the "journey" the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. It is based on the level of Gracious Professionalism the team demonstrates, the quality of the engineering notebook the team assembles, and how they documented their design development from start to finish. It is the highest award given after the overall winning award, the Inspire Award, which G3 has won at other competitions.
G3 was the only team from Michigan and the only middle school team to be nominated for an award. The high school team, the Petoskey Paladins, is competing for a chance to go to the World Competition at the State Championship April 12.