GTR East Saturday

Saturday was a busy day at GTR East in Oshawa.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe got a great place in the stands again near some of our old friends….

Here’s Petey wearing his vintage Simbotics uniform…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and here’s JNo (being a K-Bot in disguise)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and here’s Brian from the Cyberfalcons OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe all settled in to scout the teams on our pick list.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had a very challenging lineup in the morning, and didn’t win any of our matches.

We did get to spend time dancing….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…cheering…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…knitting…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…. talking with new friends…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA….and helping out in the pits.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s our pit where we do all of our repairs between matches.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe also give our our special hand knit buttons.  Thanks so much to the knitters of Battersea who have made so many hats for us over the last 2 years.  Thanks also to Elizabeth (an alumna studying in Halifax) for making us more! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had a pretty famous mascot at this tournament.  Blue bear made lots of new friends! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It’s a hot and sweaty job being a mascot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe alliance selection happened before lunch.  We were selected by the third alliance captain, FIRST team 1547, Where’s Waldo, to be part of an alliance.  We asked FIRST team 4252 to join us.  We had a tough few quarterfinal matches…our alliance got a red card causing us to lose the first match.  We won our second match, but our robot had suffered a rather serious crash into the pyramid, and our shooter needed immediate repair.  Things got marginally better for the third match, but we still lost the match and were eliminated from the competition.

We ended the day at the Transformix warehouse where we unloaded our rental van, and crated up our now shooter-less robot.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe examined the shooter to make a plan for our re-build.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Look at that poor mangled shooter! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Mr. Wood had left us instructions to crate the robot, indicating that the doors fit tightly….we could not make them fit tightly at all!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe closed it up anyhow as best as we could.  FedEx is picking up the crate this week. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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