Team 965 in the 2008 FTC Virginia Championship

The GWCS Robotics Team 965 competed in the FTC Virginia Championship this past weekend.  Though we did not finish very high in the rankings, we made a better showing than many of the other 47 teams.  We managed to overcome hardware failures, damage, software changes, weak alliance partners, exhaustion, frustration and disappointment to show off the quality of our engineering and teamwork.  We improved in each match we played, and left with lots of ideas on how to improve our robot before the Maryland Championship in February.

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Team 965 Wins at ECPI

imageGWCS ROBOT TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE IN THE ECPI ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT in Virginia Beach on Saturday, April 12th.  The Coyotes Team, with drivers Joseph Esposito and Brendan Towle, competing in their fifth tournament this school year, placed 4th out of 11 teams in the qualifying rounds.  The Killer Penguins team, with drivers Joe Ramsay-Clark and William McCarty, competing in only their second tournament, placed 5 th after qualifying, right behind the Coyotes.  The Killer Penguins were invited to join the 3 rd place team for the playoffs, and the Coyotes invited a team from Norfolk Technical Center to join them in the 4 th alliance for the playoffs.  The 3rd alliance, including the Killer Penguins, lost a close semi-final match to the 1st alliance.  The 4th alliance, lead by the Coyotes, beat the 2nd alliance in a close semi-final match, and then beat the 1 st alliance in a close final match for the championship.  In addition to a nice trophy for the school, Joseph Esposito and Brendan Towle each received a $100 Best Buy gift card, as well as a $1000 scholarship if they attend ECPI College of Technology.  Congratulations to both teams, including Coyotes teammates Dan Woolston and Ben Schaps, and Killer Penguins teammates Josh Butler, Aidan Doyle and Adam Lowenthal, who helped design, build and program the robots but were unable to attend this event.  Go Coyotes! (4/14/08)

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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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