Congratulations to Nova Labs FTC Team 8072, The Grey Jedis, for winning a nail-biting final at the Annapolis FTC Qualifier on Sunday, January 10th, 2016.
The Grey Jedis consist of 9 teens (over half of whom are FTC rookies) and various mentors, working together since August. Members of the team have learned programming skills, and after designing and assembling the core robot, have crafted and tested various attachments for the robot to help complete the mission. A tape measure with a carbon fiber hook was a key element to pulling up their robot and scoring them big points in this weekend’s victory.
After a frustrating first match with a stalled robot, Team 8072 rebounded and climbed steadily through the ranks to achieve 4th out of 24 before the end of regular play. This was enough to put them in position to be an alliance captain, picking team mates for the 2 playoff rounds. They subsequently won 4 out of 6 playoff matches over 2 rounds, defeating 2 other alliances, and emerged the captain of the winning alliance for the tournament!