On March 12-14, 2015, FIRST Robotics Team 1710 won the Chairman’s Award and was on the Winning Alliance at the Greater Kansas City Regional. This event featured 54 teams from Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa, who played ninety qualification matches before entering into elimination rounds. Team 1710 was the second pick of the sixth-seeded alliance, joining alliance captain Team 1785 (Blue Springs Robocats – Blue Springs, MO) and fellow alliance partner Team 1723 (The FBI – Independence, MO). Using an effective teamwork-based strategy of 1710 and 1785 building tote stacks, and 1723 topping off these stacks with cans for a points multiplier, the alliance advanced into finals. In final matches, the alliance faced off against the first-seeded alliance, Teams 1730, 1806, and 1777. Team 1710’s alliance won the first two hard-fought matches of the best-of-three, and was named the winner of the regional.
Just minutes later in the awards ceremony, Team 1710 was also named as the recipient of the Regional Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the FIRST Robotics Competition, recognizing the team that best embodies the ideals of FIRST, both on and off the field. This was Team 1710’s fifth Regional Chairman’s Award, and it’s fourth in the last four years.
Interestingly, all six teams on the field were in their tenth year of competition, and all were started with grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. All six finalists qualified to the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in St. Louis on April 22-24, due to qualification wildcard’s generated by 1710 winning both robot and the Chairman’s Award, as well as having won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the World Championship last year. Team 1710 looks forward to seeing it’s fellow Kansas City teams next month in St. Louis.
More information about the 2015 Greater Kansas City Regional can be found at:
More information about the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition game challenge Recycle Rush can be found at: