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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 / Coyote Robotics Teams Dominate at Local Tournament

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This past Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, both GW Community School/Coyote Robotics Teams participated in the Northern Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament at Battlefield High School in Haymarket.  Effectively two simultaneous competitions, the 48 teams were assigned to two different divisions, the Dean Kamen (FIRST Founder) Division and the Woody Flowers (FIRST National Advisor) Divisions.  The teams were from public high schools, private schools, community groups and home-school groups throughout Virginia.  Our Team 965 “Shark Mafia” was assigned to the Kamen Division and Team 3749 “WaWIFATuM” was assigned to the Flowers Division.

After more than a year of communication failures frequently preventing its robots from working, Team 965 finally identified and fixed the problem so its robot worked during every match.  In fact, it worked so well that, other than a loose screw resulting in a lost gear during its first match, the robot required no repairs or programming changes through the entire event.  Successfully scoring in the Autonomous period in 8 out of its 9 matches (probably the reason it received the “Control Award” for the second straight tournament), Team 965 jumped to the top of the rankings after the first match and effectively stayed there all day.  

Finishing Qualifying ranked 1st  in the Kamen Division, they captained the top-ranked alliance for the Elimination round after inviting two strong teams to join them.  They breezed through the semi-finals and the finals, winning two-straight at each level to win the Division Championship!

Team 3749, 1st picked team in the previous week’s Championship Alliance, also jumped to the top of the rankings after its first match and finished Qualifying undefeated and ranked 1st in the Flowers Division.  They also captained the top-ranked alliance to victory through semi-finals and the finals, losing only one match in the semi-finals when their partner incurred a penalty.

They accomplished this despite being banged up in almost every match.  Once an opposing robot managed to accidentally push the Off Button on their robot and another time an opponent accidentally pulled out some communication wires!  Fortunately, they had good alliance partners to save them during those matches.

Both Champion Teams would like to thank their coaches and mentors, as well as all the parents and family members who came out to cheer us on to victory.  As a special thank you to Andrew Hazel, the only other student to come out to support us, he will receive a free Coyote Robotics T-shirt.

Both teams have now qualified for the FTC Virginia State Championship Tournament March 2, 2014, at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center in Richmond.  We anticipate participating in other tournaments before then.  All the events are free so come out and join the excitement!

Gary T. Lindner

GWCS Robotics Teacher

Coyote Robotics Team Coach

 Below is a photo of two robots hanging from the beam in the endgame.

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Below is a photo of Robot 965 carrying blocks.

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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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