This weekend, March 18-20, Upper School Robotics Team 1218 will be competing in the second of their two District Qualifying tournaments. This weekend's tournament is hosted here on campus in the Thornley Middle School's Vare Field House. Once all of the 120 teams in our district have competed in two qualifiers, the top 60 teams will be invited to the District Championship at Lehigh University. The top 22 ranked teams from our district will be invited to the FIRST World Championship held in late April in Houston Texas.
In this year's game—RAPID REACT—two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color (red or blue, based on alliance affiliation) to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport! Each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period, during which time alliance robots operate only on pre-programmed instructions to score points by taxiing from their tarmac and retrieving and scoring their assigned cargo into the hub. In the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, drivers take control of the robots and score points by continuing to retrieve and score their assigned cargo into the hub and engaging with their hangar. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match wins!
Also, be sure to follow Team 1218 (@1218SCHRobotics) on Instagram, where they share LIVE video from the tournaments and more!
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