OSD teams Compete in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Inter-District Competition
This past Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, the (FTC) South Sound Inter-District Championship was held at St. Martins University. The Olympia School District (OSD) fielded seven competitive teams (more than 70 OSD students in all) out of 38 teams from around the South Sound. Student engineers designed their best robots, presented their engineering journals and gave presentations to judges. To top it off, these student designed robots then went head-to-head in fierce robotics competition. As one would expect, the competition was very strong and teams gave it their all.
At the end of qualification matches, two Olympia School District teams made their way into the semifinals, with Capital High School’s team 9876, ‘The Countdown” earning the 4rd place alliance captain’s spot, out of 12 possible spots in the Semifinals. The Count Down then invited Olympia High School’s OlyCow to be their teammates for the Semi Finals. After intense semi final play, the Countdown and OlyCow were knocked out of the semi-finals by the top seeded alliance.
There are also many awards teams can win and Olympia High School teams did just that.
Oly Cow won the Control Award which is s given to the team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the field.
The BarBEARians came in 2nd Place for the Control Award, and placed in the top 20 overall.
The BlueBEARies came in 3rd Place for the Motivate Award which celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm. They also placed in the top 20 overall.
Oly Wan Kenobi & Over BEARing teams, which are made up from students in the Robotic Engineering Class, showed consistent improvement and growth across the three tournaments this year.
The Olympia High School robotics club will continue to meet throughout the year doing fun activities, training for next year, and community outreach projects. The club meets Tuesdays in 701 2:30-4:00.
If you would like to see a video of this year’s FTC competition, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wc1LhG2FEs&t=61s