Windsor Qualifying Day

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What an early start today. We left the hotel at 7AM and were in line with our friends 2056 and 1114

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Our robot had a pretty good day, ending up in 6th place (6 wins and 3 losses).

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There was a mountie on stilts that was dancing up a storm.

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We danced up a storm as well!

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We needed a bit of tuning for our autonomous, and after a few minutes on the practice field we got things working reliably.

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Some of us used our down time to strategize, while others used it for sleeping.

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Our Chairman’s team did their presentation this morning and were happy with how it went.

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There was a contest for the best robot selfie over the course of the day. Here are a few of ours.
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Our scouting meeting started after a great pizza dinner.

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Windsor Practice Day

What a day!

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We lined up early with the regular early crowd, 1114 and 2056. There are lots of rookies at this event, and it is fun to share in their anticipation. Not so long ago we were in their shoes. We had some good conversations with some of the rookie teams while we were in line.

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We got great seats in the stands…we can see our pit and the playing field.

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Our pit area got set up, and the pit crew worked hard to make repairs and to get the robot through inspection.

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We made it to a few practice matches, and were thrilled to see that we could shoot, truss,,and that the intake was working.

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We passed inspection, and even had time to add significantly thicker and more robust armour to the robot.

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Our scouts worked hard to get accurate information recorded from each match. We’ll scout for real tomorrow.

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We also took notes on all of the robots we saw in the pit.

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K-Bots helped out throughout the day handing out safety glasses. Safety is key!

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We had lots of moments of fun between the stressful ones.

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By the end of the day things were all working well….so well that the pit crew came to eat dinner with the rest of the team rather than staying late.

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After our dinner we went back to the hotel and got organized for everything that tomorrow will bring.

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We were excited to talk to some of our team mates who couldn’t be here in person via skype. We’re going to try skypeing some in tomorrow for the scouting meeting too.

An early night for all, in bed by 9PM. We wake up early tomorrow!
Here is our match schedule. Tune in at watchfirstnow and check out the windsor essex great lakes regional competition.

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Windsor Day 1

We left the school at 10 AM headed for Windsor.

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It was a long ride, but we made good use of the time doing lots of homework!

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Even our friend and alumni Colin was doing homework!

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It’s a special day for two of our K-Bots, but since we dont have two tiaras, we had to add a birthday hard hat too.

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The hotel was excited to see us!

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What a good looking bunch we are…

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We ate dinner at Swiss Chalet and celebrated with cake

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No forks here!

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We made our lunches for tomorrow, and the Chairman’s team practiced a few times.

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We had a team spirit nails session before bed. We are excited for tomorrow.

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Finger Lakes Elimination Day

It was a great surprise to start the day with birthday cake!

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Family traditions continue when we’re at competition.

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We lined up and waited with many others for the doors to open.

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Once we got inside, we got Captain Canada and toured the pits and stands collecting buttons and meeting other teams.

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We had a challenging time in our matches, our robot sustained considerable damage over the day, and needed a lot of repairs.

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We were thrilled to be in a good position for alliance selection. We were the 5th alliance captain!

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Captain Canada made some good picks! Our alliance was strong and took the quarter finals to 3 games. Unfortunately we were smashed pretty badly in the last of the matches. Our solenoid module was destroyed! It was in the middle of our robot. Despite our lexan armour, it still got hurt.

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We are making larger and thicker armour for Windsor.

At the end of the competition we waited for the awards ceremony. We won the judges award because we’re a team that’s “got it all”.

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Here we are, just before getting onto the bus.

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The ride home was a bit wet and slippery. We saw many cars in the ditch, so we held off on our bus rave this time.

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We had a quick dinner on the road, and headed home to unpack and get ready for the next competition.

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Congratulations to all K-Bots for their fantastic behaviour and spirit during the competition. We look forward to another excellent competition at Windsor.

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Finger Lakes Qualification Day

We were up at 6 AM and headed to RIT for 7AM to line up for a choice location for the day.

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We’ve got our spirit nails ready

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Our robot had a turn on the practice field to test out the shooting. We tweaked a few things and were shooting 20 out of 20 consecutive shots.

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We watched each match and took notes on the robot performance.

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Our Chairman’s team presented this morning. They were excited that they did so well. We’re all proud of them.

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Our database operator was working hard…he had his game face on!

The matches went well for us in general. We ended off the day with a record of 8 wins and 1 loss. The last two matches were stacked against us, yet our scouting and strategy team came together to create a game plan that our drive team executed very well, and allowed us to take down some powerful opponents. All told, we ended the day in 4th place out of 49.

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Between matches we danced and danced and danced! We are glad of our last minute dance workshop so we could all get involved.

The team social afterwards was lots of fun, and more dancing. After our pasta dinner we had a bit of a dance party with some other teams. It was too dark for any really good pictures.

Our bus driver had quite a surprise waiting for us when we headed for the hotel. He had set up a light show inside the bus! The pictures dont really capture the moment.

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We had a big debrief to wrap up the events of the day.

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Everyone came together today so well. It really felt like teamwork on our own team, and with our alliance partners.

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The scouts met to discuss the game strategy for the remaining qualification matches and to develop a list of our top 24 teams in case we’re still in a position to lead an alliance tomorrow.

It was a thrilling day, and we are so ready to see what tomorrow brings. Follow along at http://www.watchfirstnow.com

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Finger lakes practice day

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We were up early this morning and enjoyed eating some waffles, and bagels…breakfast of champions.

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We got to RIT and lined up to wait for the doors to open.

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We got great scouting seats near Miss Daisy and a team from Florida that are very good cheerleaders.

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The field and pits are close by each other, so we can get back and forth quickly.

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We got our pit set up, and robot inspected right after lunch.

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We made friends with Miss Daisy, and taught them things like the word “toque”.

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Our scouts practiced filling in sheets and our drive team practiced on the field.

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There were a few bugs to fix, so the pit crew worked hard to get things working smoothly.

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We collected lots of buttons from other teams. There are 50 teams here!

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Our Dean’s list students got interviewed today. They practiced their interview face to prepare.

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After the matches we headed out for dinner.

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We’re excited that our grade 10s are here with us now. They wrote the literacy test today. Grade 10s like crayons.

We’re looking forward to a great day of matches tomorrow.

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Finger Lakes regional day 1

We packed up the bus at noon

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It was a pretty exciting moment when we pulled away from the school

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We went to Transformix to load our tools. It was a really tight fit.

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We set off for the border, watching Doctor Who the entire way. We took a bathroom break at a rest stop, and we knew we were in America.

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They have mint m&ms here.

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In America, the maps stop at the border.

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They have pennies here too

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We checked in to our hotel and settled in while the load in crew dropped off the pit and robot, and then we had a great dinner at Char Broil.

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If you are in Rochester, check it out.

We celebrated Jacob’s birthday again.

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And the bus driver played a happy birthday medley on the sound system on the way to the hotel.

We made sandwiches for lunch tomorrow. An assembly line makes everything fun!

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We are looking forward to tomorrow, when the fun begins.

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