Garrett County’s high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1629, the Garrett Coalition (GaCo), qualified to compete at its district championship at a two day event over the past weekend in Edgewater, MD. Team 1629 competes within the Chesapeake District consisting of 130 FRC teams from Maryland, DC and Virginia. This is the second of two district qualification events in which GaCo competed and finished the second event on the winning alliance and the recipient of the event’s Chairman’s Award. The most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. Chairman Award winning teams among all seven district qualification events will compete for three District Championship Chairman’s Awards at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship along with competing with their robots.
FRC teams earn cumulative qualification points at two district qualification events. The top 58 teams are then extended an invitation to compete with their robot at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship. Teams winning the Chairman’s Award are automatically extended an invitation to compete for the award among all the other Chairman’s Award winners along with their robot at the District Championship. During its first qualification event in Haymarket, Virginia at the beginning of March, GaCo ended up on the finalist alliance and won the event’s Engineering Inspiration Award. This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community At the conclusion of all seven qualification events, GaCo enters the Chesapeake District Championship as the fourth ranked team..
GaCo will be traveling to the University of Maryland Xfinity Center in College Park, MD next week, April 7-9, to compete at the Chesapeake District Championship event. Qualification rounds will begin on Thursday afternoon and will continue through noon on Saturday. Each team will compete in 12 qualification matches which will determine its ranking. On Saturday at noon, the top eight teams will invite 2 other teams to form an alliance to compete in playoff matches through the afternoon. The event will be free and open to the public. The competition will be webcasted - for more details about the webcast please check back.
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