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Coyote Robotics is a Northern Virginia non-profit organization that is dedicated to inspiring students to follow careers in math, science, and technology through the fun and engaging FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition. Both FTC Team 965 and FTC Team 3749 are supported by Coyote Robotics.

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GWCS Robotics Triumphs in Richmond!

Saturday, Dec. 7, the two GWCS/Coyote Robotics teams, FTC 965 Shark Mafia and FTC 3749 WaWIFATuM, went to St. Christopher’s School in Richmond to participate in the FTC Central Virginia Qualifying Tournament. The event was actually two simultaneous tournaments with 21 teams in each division.

Both robots go off to a good start. Returning to the pit after each match for diagnostics, repairs and programming changes.

After 7 matches each in the qualifying rounds, FTC 964 was ranked 10th in their division and FTC 3749 was ranked 4th in theirs. 965 was picked by the 3rd-ranked Alliance Captain as their first choice partner. (The 4th-ranked Alliance Captain, who was obviously not paying attention, tried to select them also!) 3749 was picked by the 2nd-ranked Alliance Captain as their first choice partner.

965 again suffered the same wiring problems we have been trying to troubleshoot for over a year and their alliance fell in the semi-final round.

3749’s alliance cruised through the semi-finals with Paul Whittington driving and scoring like a pro, lost the first match in the finals (with the other two teams in the alliance playing), and then won two straight with 3749 playing to take the Division Championship!

In the final match, their alliance partner suffered a communications failure leaving 3749 on their own against two robots. At the end of the match, reaching for the pull-up bar to earn 50 points, one of their hook arms failed! Fortunately, the one working arm was enough to lift the whole robot and win the match!

Congratulations to FTC 3749 team members Matt Cathell (Captain), Paul Whittington (Driver), Max Doyle, Jenna Brendler, J-P Fisch, Trevor Ferguson, Jon Rice, William McCarthy, Sam McKay (Coach) and Mr. Joe Brendler (Mentor). They have qualified for the State Championships in March.

Congratulations also to FTC 965 team members Matthew Firsching (Captain), Bobby Sunderland (Driver), Ryan Burns, Danny Saile, Ronan Taylor, Mr. Gary Lindner (Coach) and Josh Barton (Mentor) for bringing home another trophy. In addition to the competition, team 965 was Awarded the “Control Award”.

Thanks also to Ms. Bowen, Mr. Whittington, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Brendler and Mrs. Saile for driving us down and back, and to Mr. Saile, Danny’s Grandfather, Mr. & Mrs. Doyle and Mr. Fisch for coming down to cheer us on to victory!

Gary Lindner, GW Community School Robotics Teacher

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About Coyote Robotics

Coyote Robotics is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to follow careers in math, science, and technology through the fun and engaging FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition.
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