Loveland FIRST Tech Challenge Teams Excel at State Championship

LOVELAND ROBOTICS SUMMARYProvided by Christine Rasmussen, Robotics Coordinator – Special to Loveland Beacon

LOVELAND, OH (May 10, 2021) – Loveland High School FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams 10464 The Bionic Tigers and 5040 Nuts & Bolts competed last week at the Ohio FTC State Championship.

Both teams excelled in the robot competition and awards, and the Bionic Tigers are the 2021 Ohio FTC State Champions!

Team 10464 The Bionic Tigers won the Inspire Award, which is the highest award given at the competition, and 1st place Robot Performance with a total score of 1900 points over 6 matches.  They also had the highest single match score of the event with a score of 375 points. 

The Inspire Award is “given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program”. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other team, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a robot.” (www.firstinspires.org)

Loveland Bionic Tigers Team 10464 won the Inspire Award (Provided)

Team 5040 Nuts & Bolts won the Think Award, the 3rd place Inspire Award, and 5th place Robot Performance with a total score of 1718 points over their 6 matches.  Their highest individual match score was 348 points, which tied for the second highest score of the event. 

The Think Award is the second highest award and is “given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering content within the portfolio is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering content must focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries should include descriptions of the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, redesigns, successes, and opportunities for improvement.” (www.firstinspires.org)

Loveland Nuts & Bolts Team 5040 won the Think Award and excelled in other areas as well (Provided)

The Ohio FTC qualifying tournaments and State Championship Tournament were held remotely this year.  The FTC season kicked off world-wide in early September when teams receive this year’s challenge, Ultimate Goal, and began to design and build their robots while also working to connect with their communities to provide STEM opportunities for youth, learn from STEM and business professionals, and make FIRST known across their school and community.

Teams from across the Ohio competed in qualifying tournaments from January through March. Forty-four teams advanced to the State Championship, which took place from April 24 – May 1. During that time, teams ran six live-scored competition matches in their own facilities, competing to score the most points possible in two and a half minutes. 

The first 30 seconds of each match are autonomous, with the robot completing pre-programmed actions to score points.  The final two minutes are driver-controlled with two drivers controlling the robot via remote controls.  At the end of the week, after all competition matches were submitted, teams met with judges and presented their accomplishments for the season in designing, building, and programming their robots, and in connecting with their community to promote STEM and robotics.  Awards were decided based on team presentations and Q&A sessions with judges.

Loveland Robotics FTC Teams 2020-2021 (Photo provided)

NOTE: The Ohio State Championship was the final official event of the year for Ohio teams. The FTC World Championship has been cancelled for this year due to COVID.

The accomplishments this year by both The Bionic Tigers and Nuts & Bolts cap an outstanding FIRST Season for Loveland FTC teams. Both teams are honored to be recognized for their accomplishments. They are extremely grateful to the many volunteers who worked to make the remote season successful in Ohio and to their mentors who dedicated many hours to the teams throughout the year.

To learn more about Loveland’s FTC Teams, you can visit their website at www.lovelandrobotics.com.