Competitions

There are two types of competitions, district and regional. A district event is a local competition with 30-40 teams competing. At these competitions, we score ranking points by completing certain tasks throughout the games. If a team gets a certain amount of ranking points, they will then qualify for District Championships, which in turn allows the team to qualify for World Championships. A regional event works differently. It is much bigger and any team can register. There are 60-70 teams that compete. Regional competitions do not use ranking points. Instead, if your robot is in the winning robot alliance, you get automatic entry into World Championships. A competition is set up into 3 sections. The first section is the “qualifying matches.” Robots will be randomly paired into groups of three and compete for the most points against another group of three. There can be anything from 5-12 qualifying matches per team. The top eight teams with the most points will become alliance captains. The second portion is a playoff where alliance captains pick two other robots to join their alliance. From there, only 24 robots continue in the competition. The eight alliances compete against each other until eventually, there is a winning alliance.

How We’ve Done

2009

  • Game: Lunacy
  • Washington DC Regional Competition
    • Record: 3-4-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

2010

  • Game: Breakaway
  • Washington DC Regional Competition
    • Rank 43
    • Record: 3-4-3
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds
  • Newton Division (World Championships)
    • Rank 77
    • Record: 3-6-1
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

2011

  • Game: Logomotion
  • Washington DC Regional Competition
    • Rank 39
    • Record: 4-6-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

  • Virginia Regional Competition
    • Rank 33
    • Record: 4-4-1
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

2012

  • Game: Rebound Rumble
  • Virginia Regional Competition
    • Rank 57
    • Record: 2-8-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds
  • Washington DC Regional Competition
    • Rank 23
    • Record: 11-6-0
    • Regional Winners
  • Curie Division (World Championships)
    • Rank 88
    • Record: 3-6-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

2013

  • Game: Ultimate Ascent
  • Palmetto Regional Competition
    • Rank 14
    • Record: 6-3-0
    • Made it to quarterfinals
  • Washington DC Regional Competition
    • Rank 48
    • Record: 2-8-0
    • Made it to quarterfinals
  • Curie Division (World Championships)
    • Rank 90
    • Record: 2-6-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

2014

  • Game: Aerial Assist
  • Hub City Regional Competition
    • Rank  27
    • Record: 6-9-0
    • Made it to quarterfinals
  • Greater DC Regional Competition
    • Rank 45
    • Record: 3-7-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

2015

  • Game: Recycle Rush
  • Mexico City Regional Competition
    • Rank 8
    • Avg Score: 66.43
    • Made it to finals
  • Chesapeake Regionals Competition
    • Rank 33
    • Avg Score: 45.11
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds
  • Archimedes Division (World Championships)
    • Rank 29
    • Avg Score: 116.8
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds

 

2016

  • Game: Stronghold
  • CHS District Competition
    • Rank 21
    • Record: 4-6-0
    • Did not make it past qualification rounds
  • Central Virginia District Competition
    • Rank 30
    • Record: 8-10-0
    • Made it to finals
  • Battle O’ Baltimore
    • Rank 11
    • Record: 6-5-0
    • Made it to semifinals
  • IROC
    • Rank 9
    • Record: 6-3-0
    • Made it to semifinals

Awards

Chairman’s Award

This is the most prestigious award given by FIRST. It is given to a team that emulates FIRST’s message and provides an excellent role model to other teams.

Creativity Award

This award is given to a team that displays great creativity through their robot design, game strategy, use of components.

Entrepreneurship Award

This award is given to a team that presents a comprehensive business plan that outlines a strategic and effective strategy to achieve the teams objective.

Engineering Innovation Award

This award is given to a team that has an outstanding initiative to spread engineering throughout their school and community.

FIRST Dean’s List Award

Given to a student who portrays excellent an exemplary passion for FIRST and its ideals.

Gracious Professionalism Award

This award is given to a team that effectively displays FIRST ideals through working well with others on and off the field.

Highest Rookie Seed Award

This award is given to the highest ranked rookie team at a competition.

Imagery Award

This award is given to a team whose robot displays great attractiveness in engineering, and visual aesthetic when it comes to the integration and robot design.

Industrial Design Award

This award is given to a team whose robot subsystems prove to be incredibly effective and efficient.

Industrial Safety Award

This award is given to a team who goes above and beyond with designing their safety procedures.

Innovation in Control Award

This award is given to a team whose robot displays innovative and creative ways of completing the games tasks throughout a competition.

Judges Award

A team will win this award if the judges decide that the team displays unique merit and performance.

Quality Award

This award is given to a team whose robot is stable and built with extreme durability.

Rookie All Star Award

This award is given to a rookie team who displays great potential and has successfully implemented FIRST’s ideals within their community.

Rookie Inspiration Award

This award is given to a team who’s efforts to share STEM and FIRST’s ideals are exemplary.

Team Spirit Award

This award is given to a team who displays great enthusiasm for FIRST and teamwork.

Woodie Flowers Award

This award is presented to a mentor who displays great passion for teaching, FIRST, and empowering their team through learning.

Award Submissions

Chairman’s Award: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Chairmans2017.pdf

Entrepreneurship Award: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/EntrepreneurshipAward2017.pdf

Woodie Flowers Award: file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/WoodieFlowers2017.pdf