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FTC SC Championship Recap

Last Saturday, our middle school team participated in the 2015 South Carolina FTC Championship. Five students and 3 mentors woke up really early that day to travel to Gaffney High school where the competition took place. The team chose to name their robot “Cupcake” because Mr. Stanek, one of the mentors, always makes sure there are cupcakes ready in the robot room for the hungry teenagers

From left to right; front row: Michael, Hudson, Stefon (CMA), Daniel and Kelly (CMS). Back row: Paul Sullivan, Jamie Hames, Henry Bull

From left to right; front row: Michael, Hudson, Stefon (CMA), Daniel and Kelly (CMS). Back row: Paul Sullivan, Jamie Hames, Henry Bull

After arriving to the competition site, the team set up their toolboxes and the robot in the pit area and began checking the robot’s hardware and software before inspection. The robot passed both inspections with flying colors! After inspection, all the students had to participate in the judging section, in which students explain how the robot works to the judges.

Once the preliminary events were completed, the students were able to practice driving the robot on the competition field.

For the qualification matches, KC Robotics was able to participate with in 2 different alliances: Blacksburg High RoboCats and Aiken County School District Atomix,

Blacksburg High RoboCats

Match 1

Aiken County School District Atomix

Match 2

By the end of the qualifying rounds, our team was ranked #3 overall, which gave the students the opportunity to select alliances. The team chose to team up with the hosting PokiBots, and the team from Charleston County School District.

During the elimination matches, one of the alliance robots did not function properly, and our team did not get to participate in the final round. However, the students were a great sport and exhibited Gracious Professionalism (c) throughout! In fact, the picture above was taken right after getting eliminated–look at those smiles!

During the awards ceremony, KC Robotics team was recognized for the following 2 awards:

  • 1st Place Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
  • 2nd Place for the FTC Inspire Award

The Inspire award is very special as it recognizes the efforts of the team as a whole and provides an invitation for the next tournament stage: the Super Regional Championship, in which teams from Texas to Florida compete for a chance to go to the National Championship.  We are elated about the opportunity to go and are currently working out the logistics to send students, mentors, and the robot to San Antonio, TX, in mid-March.

Below are the judging guidelines for both awards. Well done KC Robotics Team!

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An Award Winning Team

Team work, problem solving, using tools… That’s so much fun! But winning is also fun! Did you know that KC Robotics Team is an award winning team? Check out our awards page and see for yourself.

As the competitions approach, we would like to win more awards, on top of enjoying all the fun of robotics competitions. Today, the FTC team was working hard on updating the Team Notebook, practicing driving, and making inventory of parts used in the robot for the Bill of Materials.

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The FRC team had a brainstorming session with Mr. Bull to improve the design of the lifting mechanism.


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Holiday Workday

We took advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday today to have an intensive workday instead of the regular afternoon session after school on Tuesday.

When I walked into the robot room, it was obvious everybody was at work. There were students drilling, sounds of metal clanking, tools everywhere, the deafening sound of the vacuum… There is no reason to waste time! The clock is ticking, and every moment spent working on the robots or straightening up the room out helps in getting ready for both the FTC and FRC competitions. We even had Mrs. Welch running an errand to refuel the mentors with coffee and the students with soft drinks! Thank you!

The FTC team (208) came back from their scrimmage on Saturday with quite the list of upgrades needed to improve our performance in the game: the bucket was too low, the string for the telescopic arm was sticking, the wheels were lagging, and more practice was needed to score points correctly. Needless to say, this scrimmage proved invaluable in getting the team ready for the competition. The middle school students worked hard today to fix these issues.


The FRC team continues to work on the frame and elevator truck for the big robot.


The students also made gear boxes for the wheels and attached a motor to the boxes.


The media team (Mrs. Putnam and I) worked on updating the FTC engineering notebook and of course, this website.


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