PIRATE Robotics, Team 6032, has earned an invitation to compete in the World Championships in Detroit April 24-27.his is the second year in a row the team will compete in the World Championships!
Building of the robot began in early January when FIRST robotic teams from across the world discovered the challenges their robot would face for the season. Robots earn points based on completed tasks during competition. Teams had six weeks to construct a robot and develop a marketing plan. Students spent time before school, after school and on weekends working together with coaches before the stop-build day prior to the competition season. After the stop-build date, and between competitions, the robot is wrapped and teams are not permitted to work on the robot.
The first competition of the year for the team was the Miami Valley Regional held at the Wright State Nutter Center from March 6-9. There were 60 teams from nine states competing. The PIRATES finished the qualification round with a record of 8 wins, 1 loss, and an overall ranking of 5th place
out of 60 teams. It was the best qualification finish the team has ever had!
PIRATE Robotics was the third overall pick in the alliance team selection. Alliances are made up of three teams that compete together in 3 versus 3 matches. The team alliance swept the quarterfinals and semifinals. The alliance won the first finals match. For the next two matches the PIRATE robot experienced technical issues causing the robot to become disabled. The alliance lost both of the final matches and finished in 2nd place;
however, because the team was the first pick in the runner-up alliance, they
won the wildcard and the invitation to the World Championships.
Before worlds, the team will be heading off to the Greater Pittsburgh Regional being held in California, PA from March 20-23. You can follow the team progress at https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/6032/2019 as well as see a picture and video of the Team 6032 robot.