2018-05-10 / News

Martians rank 4th, 6th at World Championship

GOODRICH — Goodrich High School FIRST Robotics Teams 494, The Martians and 70, The More Martians recently successfully represented the Martian Nation at the FIRST World Championship held at Cobo Hall and Ford Field April 27-29.

The two GHS teams qualified for the World Championship after successful District and State Level competitions. Both teams were on the winning Alliance of their respective Divisions. Team 494 was the 6th seed Alliance Captain of the Darwin Division and 70 was chosen by the number 1 Alliance of the Curie Division.

The two teams had to face each other and four other alliances in a Round Robin Playoff. When the playoffs were completed Team 494 alliance ranked 6th and Team 70s alliance was in a 4-way tie for 1st place, when ties occur there is a hierarchy of tie breakers that are used to determined the rank order, they had to go to the second level to arrive at a final ranking, with that completed Team 70 ended up ranked 4th.

More than 400 teams from across the country, Canada and several other countries were divided into 6 Divisions for 112 Qualification Matches. Each match consisted of two Alliances of three randomly chosen robots facing each other to complete tasks to score points. At the end of those matches, the teams were ranked and the top eight teams selected their own Alliance members for the Divisional Play-Off. The two top scoring Alliances meet for the Finals after the Round Robin Play Off. Team 494 and 70 congratulate Alliance Captain, Team 2767, Stryke Force from Kalamazoo and our neighbors from Clarkston, Team 27, RUSH for their Championship win with Ontario Team 2708, Lake Effect Robotics and Team 4027 from Pennsylvania.

Team Mentor Pat Major, as always very proud of the team, said, “They did great at the Championship in Detroit against 400 teams from all over the world, and at the State of Michigan Championship it was announced that 11 teams have qualified to the state championship every year for the ten years it has existed and 2 of the 11 of out of 504 Michigan teams were the two Goodrich teams.”

The Martian teams are comprised mostly of GHS students but accept students from the community that do not attend the school. Also accepted are any adult community members who wish to mentor the students in the areas of fabrication, design, and programming.

Other areas the students are involved with are website design and management, digital and video production, and marketing. Their major sponsors include GM, FCA, Leonni, and Kettering University and are open to and grateful for other sponsors. If you would like to sponsor or donate materials or monetarily, please visit: http://www.goodrichrobotics.com/ or call Goodrich High School at 810-591-2251. The teams are hoping for help to continue their success this summer at the Monroe Area Robotics Competition (MARC) and the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), the so called All-Star Event. — P.S.

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