Robotics Team Qualifies for Super Regionals

3 February, 2015   |     |   News, Robotics

On Saturday, January 31, robotics teams 2856 (Tesseract) and 6157 (Leviatech) competed against and with the top thirty-two First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams in Washington State at the FTC State Championship at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The teams won a combined eleven out of twelve qualifying matches that they played in, finishing second (2856) and sixth (6157) in the state at the end of qualifying play. With their ranking, 2856 became the alliance captain of the #2 alliance and selected two other teams to play as their alliance partners. In a series of nail-biter matches, the #2 alliance beat out the #3 alliance in a best of three series, winning the first and third games by a close margin. The #2 alliance went on to be defeated in the finals.

Photo from Washington FIRST FTC State Championships

Photo from Washington FIRST FTC State Championships

In addition to being the alliance captain of the finalist (runnerup) alliance, 2856 was recognized with the prestigious Think Award and was the runnerup for the most important award given in the FTC program, the Inspire Award (results posted here). The Think Award recognizes a team that “best reflects the ‘journey’ the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season,” as shown in the form of a technical document called the engineering notebook. The Inspire Award is given to the team which “best represents a ‘role-model‘ FTC Team… [and]… is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field.” Team 2856, Tesseract, has qualified to compete in the FTC West Super Regional competition which will be held March 27 and 28 in Oakland, California. Congratulations to both teams on their outstanding accomplishments.

Check out the team’s digital engineering notebooks at, and follow the teams on Facebook (SAAS Robotics Club) and Twitter (@saasrobotics).