Coyote Robotics Champions at Virginia Regional

FIRST FTC 1st Place TrophyCoyote Robotics is proud to announce a very successful participation in yesterday’s FIRST Tech Challenge Virginia Regional Championship Tournament. Our two teams, #965 Murphy’s Law and #3749 Lambkins had unquestionably two of the best robots out of a field of 38.

Murphy’s Law (965) was ranked in 2nd place in their division after finishing 5-2-0 in the qualifying rounds. They advanced to the division finals, but fell in a close battle, partly the result of an untimely communications failure between their computer and their robot.

The Lambkins (3749) were ranked 3rd in their division after finishing 6-1-0 in the qualifying rounds, and in the only match they lost they were unable to compete when their computer and robot lost communications. They we chosen by the #1 ranked team as their alliance partner for the play-offs, breezed into the division finals, won the division in a close 3-game match, and triumphed in two straight close games to emerge in the Championship Alliance with a team from Maryland which was actually just a family (Engineer Dad, Computer Scientist Mom, and 4 kids, with the oldest being 15.) They finished 12-2-0 for the tournament, and are likely to receive an invitation to the World Championships in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta April 14-17.

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FTC 09-10 "Hotshot!" Kickoff

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Team 965 in the Maryland Championship 08-09

With the help of a last-minute Friday-night hardware modification, the team's robot Snaphoo driven by Ben Shaps scored dozens of pucks and provided stiff competition. Unfortunately, due to bad luck of the draw, our partner teams were almost entirely unsuccessful. We finished the qualifying rounds ranked 23 out of 39, which did not accurately reflect our team's performance. Nonetheless, the team had fun madly working to improve our robot and its program and get it to its matches on time and had an overall satisfying day. Thanks to Mrs. Schaps, Mr. Mathewson, and Mr. & Mrs. Andrews Bashan who came out to cheer us on. Look for photos soon. Our next known competition will be on May 30 th when we defend our title in the ECPI Tournament in Virginia Beach. We are hoping to participate in other events in between. Thanks to all for your support.

Team 965 Wins Again at ECPI

Shorthanded without the seniors who stayed home to attend Prom, Joseph Esposito, Team Captain, modified and improved the robot programming all day with the help of Joe Mathewson and Joe Ramsay-Clark. With William McCarty driving the robot, the team advanced to the Championship Match.  The exciting three-game match ended in a tie, requiring an extra “Sudden-Death” overtime game.  When his alliance partner's robot failed to respond, Will McCarty was forced to take on two other great robots by himself.  Driving like a master, scoring, defending, and driving back up the ramp in the last few seconds, Will brought the trophy home with a win, 131 points to 117.

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Sponsors

Coyote Robotics would like to thank our sponsors for their gracious support of our team:

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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