Shorebots Place in Colonial Heights Robotics Competition

Pictured above from left are mentor Brook Thomas, mentor Elvin Hess, Skyler Outten, Oscar Melendez-Vera, Dev Patel (lead programmer), our 2022 robot “The Metal Jacket,” Ashley Zodun, Abigail Zodun (co-captain), Tyler Zodun (driver, co-captain), mentor Stephanie Zodun, Nick Fernandez, mentor Mike Zodun. (Mentors Tim Anderson and Matt Goldstine were not pictured.) Photo by Ann Hess.

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The Shorebots (FRC Team 1908) traveled to Colonial Heights, Va.,  March 20 and competed against 18 other FIRST robotics teams.  The Shorebots finished the day #5 in the qualification round and was the #1 pick of the third alliance in the finals.  

The robot performed well, finishing with one of the highest Offensive Power Ratings (an objective measure calculating the contribution of a team on average to the match score) but ultimately was defeated in the semifinals by a defensive powerhouse alliance. 

The Shorebots were also awarded the prestigious Quality Award. This award celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. To win this award a team must meet a variety of criteria. The team must be able to describe their quality plan i.e., how their design ensures robustness throughout the entire competition. The entire machine has to demonstrate quality workmanship, wiring, and attachment systems. The machine has to withstand the rigors of competition – maintaining functionality, including the use of designed-in redundancy and risk mitigation measures. Building the machine also has to contribute to the team’s success.

The Shorebots have now been awarded two prestigious awards this season, in addition to the Quality Award from week three they were also given the Industrial Design Award for week one. 

For the first time in the team’s history, the Shorebots will be traveling to the District Tournament on April 7 to 9 at the Hampton Coliseum. The event is open and free to the public April 8 and 9.

Come out and join the team in the cheering section as it works toward earning a spot to compete in the World Finals in Houston, Texas April 20 to 23. 

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