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FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) Nov. 4, 2017

This past weekend was The FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) first district robotics competition at Capital High School School.  The Olympia School District (OSD) had a great showing with eight teams participating in this competitive league.  At the end of the day, Olympia High School’s  team, 6424, “OlyCow” finished in first place and Capital  High school’s team 9876, “The Countdown” finished second.  The Olympia School District had a great showing with four teams finishing in the top five spots.  It should be noted that the Olympia School District fielded eight  teams out of the total 18 teams in the FTC South Sound Lovelace league.  Six of the eight OSD teams finished in the top half of the league.  The November 4, competition was a great showing for The Olympia School District.

On Dec. 2, the Olympia School District robotics teams return and compete in their second district FTC competition at Capital High School.  Competition will be fierce and it will be fun.  If you would like to see these exciting robots “In action!!!”   Matches start at 11:00 in the Capital High School Commons.

This year’s challenge, “Relic Recovery,” has robots reading a secret cypher code and then picking up and placing the glyphs in a particular pattern in a crypto box based off the cypher code.   During the endgame (the last 30 seconds of the match) robots place a relic outside the field at one, two or three feet to earn extra points.  So, between placing glyphs in the correct sequence and dropping the relic at the correct distance, there is a lot of action going on in these matches.

At all three OSD high schools, teams of students have designed, built  and programed a robot to read the cypher code and place glyphs in the crypt obox in Relic Recovery within a 2 ½ minutes time frame.  But that’s not all!   Students will also give a ten minute presentation about their robot, and team activities to a panel of judges and turn in an engineering journal that includes their robot evolution, CAD designs, programming, outreach and more.  Teams that compete well, present to the judges well and have a well written engineering journal will move on to the Washington State Competition in February.

Check out this video to learn more about “Relic Recovery!”