Friday, March 16, 2012

Results and Upcoming Competition

On March 9th and 10th, Winnovation FIRST Robotics Team 1625 competed at the Lake Superior Regional, Duluth, MN.  This year's game of Rebound Rumble involves shooting foam basketballs into basketballs hoops at 3 levels along with balancing on a bridge at the end of the match for bonus points.(see pictures)  Winnovation's robot performed well being driven by Arthur Siebel and Seth Lightfoot.  Luke Didier served as Human Player, returning scored basketballs to the field.  Through Qualification Matches the team was 8-1, ranked 3rd of 64 teams going into the draft.  During the quarter-final matches, Winnovation ran into some tough defense from a team from Appleton, WI, and was eliminated from competition.

On March 23 and 24, Winnovation will again compete at Rebound Rumble at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion, 525 S. Racine, Chicago.  52 teams will be in attendance from 7 states and Mexico.  The team is making some improvements to a few components of the robot to prepare for this competition.  16 rookie teams will also be competing, includingl 3928 from Ames, IA mentored by 1625 alumni Tony Milosch and Aren Hill.  Team 4096 from Champaign has been mentored by alumni Becca Nothof.  Competition is free and open to the public and will run from 8:30am-5pm, Friday and Saturday.  The team promises an exciting time and hopes you will come cheer them on.  Webcast information will be posted on the team website,

Pictures provided by team member, Ian Haynes.