It was an exciting few days for the KC Robotics Team members and members from the 65 other FIRST Robotics Competition teams that participated in the Palmetto FRC Regional Event Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this past week.
We took students from four schools (Camden Middle, Camden High, Camden Military Academy, and Lugoff-Elgin High), several parents of students, and several team mentors. I think we all had a good time at the competition.
Thursday was the day for teams to practice on the playing field with their robots. This was a great day for us as we had the opportunity for our students to drive the robot at least six times. The learning from those drive times really helped prepare them for the competition.
Friday and Saturday morning were the qualification rounds where robots competed, 3 per group, in this year's game - Recycle Rush. Our robot performed very well except for some computer related challenges. We overcame some of those challenges on Friday and were ranked 7th of 66 teams at the end of the day. On Saturday we had some bad partner robots and some other challenges, and we did not score many points. That reduced our rank to 31st at the end of Saturday morning. We did not get selected to compete in the elimination rounds, but we were all happy that our robot worked well. All of the adults were thrilled at how well the students increased their game knowledge, worked with their partner teams to develop game strategies, and interacted with lots of students from other teams.
Our students were well behaved and represented Kershaw County well.
We don't have funding to attend additional FRC events so this is the only one we are participating in. We will participate in the one day South Carolina FRC event and the one day North Carolina FRC event this Fall.
Thanks to everyone who has provided support for the team.
We will be posting some pictures and videos from the competition to our team website (http://www.kcroboticsteam.org). Check it out in a week or so to see some highlights from the competition.
by Cpt. Jamie Hames