This past weekend, Team 3641, The Flying Toasters headed to Cass Tech High School in Detroit for their second district competition. Our team was very successful on and off the field.
Our team was able to “toast” the competition, eventually ranking 2nd seed at the end of qualification matches. We then went on to be picked by the first seeded team to create an alliance with them and the 31 seeded team. We progressed through quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals, coming out with a solid victory, and earning a blue banner. This victory did not come without challenges though. We faced difficulties with our hatch manipulator when it stopped working correctly during qualification matches. Despite this, our team persevered and was able to solve the problem and continue to win matches. We have now been ranked third in the state with a total of 133 ranking points amassed from our two events. Although it is not official, we will be attending the Michigan State Championships April 10th-14th.
The Flying Toasters also held the machine shop at the event, which helped many other teams be successful on the field. This competition had many rookies and newer teams, so it was amazing to have our team members step up to help them be successful and show them what they can grow to be in the future.
Judges also took notice of all the wonderful things our team has been doing and awarded us the Engineering Inspiration Award. This is considered the second most prestigious award in FIRST and shows our team has worked to bring appreciation to the engineering field. Our presentation team will now be preparing to give a presentation for this award at states. If we win this award at MSC, we will immediately qualify to attend World Championships and our entree fees will be automatically paid.
In an unexpected surprise, our team placed 3rd runner up for the Safety Award. We have been working hard this year integrating safety deeper in our team's culture through training, acquiring MDOE virtual badges, and online quiz. All the hard work paid off!
In two weeks our team will be heading to our next competition, Buckeye Regional in Cleveland. This out of state competition will give our team members a chance to connect with kids from areas other than Michigan.