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Garrett County High School FIRST Robotics Team Wins BIG at Chesapeake Regional

Last Updated on Apr 7, 2014 at 12:57pm | Public Information Office

Garrett County’s High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1629, Garrett Coalition (GaCo), competed at the FIRST Chesapeake Regional Robotics Competition in College Park.  The event was held at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center last weekend, April 3-5, 2014.  During the three-day event, team members competed with 54 other teams from surrounding states, including one from Canada.  
 
Team 1629 had the number one seeded robot after 11 qualification matches with a record of 10-1.  This enabled the team to have the first pick of the elimination rounds alliance selections.  GaCo selected the 4th seeded Team 2363, “Triple Helix”, from Newport News, VA, and the 27th seed Team 623, “Cougar Robotics”, from Vienna, VA, to play with them in the elimination rounds.
 
In the elimination rounds the alliance went a perfect 6-0 enroute to winning the FIRST Chesapeake Regional Championship.  This is the second regional win for Team 1629, as they won the same event in 2006.
 
 

 
During regional competitions, teams are judged in many areas in addition to how well their robot placed during the competition, including robot control and design awards, team imagery, spirit, and community impact.  Of the awards, Team 1629 received the “Chairman’s Award”, the most prestigious award that FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) offers in their regional competitions.
 
The team receiving the Chairman’s Award, in view of the judges, is the team that best exemplifies the mission of FIRST.  The FIRST mission is to change the way young people regard science and technology and to inspire an appreciation for the real-life rewards and career opportunities in these fields.  The award reinforces the premise that FIRST is more than building a robot or winning a competitive event.
 
As a result of winning the Chesapeake Regional, Team 1629 earned an invitation to compete at the FRC World Championship in St. Louis, MO, from April 23-26, 2014. As recipients of the Chairman’s Award, the team would have also been extended an invitation to the Championship event in St. Louis.
 
The team also competed in Richmond, VA, at the Virginia Regional in March.   Team 1629 was the 15th seeded robot out of 64 teams.  This was the first competition of the year for the team where they garnered a 6-3 record and lost in the quarterfinal round of the competition.
 
The FRC team consists of 22 students from Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools and is partnered with the Garrett County Public School System, Beitzel Corporation and Pillar Innovations of Grantsville, Wilson Supply of Cumberland, and the Garrett County Government.  More about the team can be found at www.garrettcountyschools.org/frc1629.