New Apple Corps Robotics, FIRST Team 93, competed in the FIRST Robotics Challenge Regional Tournament March 9 &10, in Duluth, MN, reaching the semi-finals. Sixty-four teams entered the event, one of more than 50 such events held around the world.
This year’s challenge was a three on three robot basketball game. After a day and a half of qualifying matches, NEW Apple Corps placed 7th out of 64 teams. The top eight teams then selected two other teams to form their three robot alliances. Team 93 selected teams 3747 (Chaotech of Mankato, MN) and 3883 (Data Bits of Cottage Grove, MN) as their alliance partners. New Apple Corps’ robot, TOBOR 15, played tenacious defense as their alliance won their best of three quarterfinal matches 2-0. NEW Apple Corps lost in the semi-final round to an alliance that included FIRST Team 2826 – Wave Robotics of Oshkosh, WI, in two hotly contested matches.
NEW Apple Corps did not leave Duluth empty handed, however. Team 93 received the Johnson & Johnson “Gracious Professionalism” award for their efforts in helping other teams with parts and technical knowledge so they could compete and the Xerox Creativity Award for their design of a gripper device to attach to another robot during the match end game, which was to balance one, two, or three robots on a teeter-totter type bridge.
NEW Apple Corps will be competing in the Wisconsin FIRST Robotics Regional Tournament in Milwaukee, March 23-24.