Team 1717 engineers victory in Ventura with record-setting final match at regional tournament
Sometimes the best teams don’t win by simply being better ... they win by simply overcoming obstacles more consistently. Sometimes, greatness is most evident not when things are going well, but when things are going wrong, and yet somehow a team rallies to get past that to the finish line.
That was the theme at the Ventura FIRST Robotics Regional, which Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy’s powerhouse Team 1717 won Sunday with a dramatic and record-setting final match in the “Recycle Rush” competition.
Team 1717 also won the Innovation in Control Award from Rockwell Automation for the creative way it designed its robot’s movement system, as well as the arms and “elevators” that lifted the boxes that were part of the competition.
Teaming with robots from Hermosa Beach and Fresno, Team 1717 managed to eke out a win in the first game of the best-of-three final at Ventura College, even after a key system of its robot did not work. Then in the second game, they put up 207 points, the highest score of the nearly 100 matches played in the two-day event.
The Ventura championship earned all three schools on the winning “alliance” a ticket to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, April 22-25. For Dos Pueblos, however, it will be the fifth-straight appearance in the title tournament.
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