Between being the host team of the Reading District Event and competing in the event itself, The Robockets have had quite a busy weekend! All of our efforts payed off in the end though. Overall, the competition was a success- we even overheard some other teams saying, “I wish my school was this cool!”
The Robockets are extremely thankful for the support we have received from the Reading community as well as our FIRST community. Our awesome Superintendent of Schools, John Doherty, and amazing new principal, Adam Bakr, both joined the team and served as judges throughout the weekend and we loved having them around. We had members of the Board of Selectmen and Reading Rotary Club who stopped by to check out the event, as well as many teachers and students of the Reading schools. Our local FLL teams even came and showed off their robots (and got a VIP tour of the pits).
As for the team itself, at the competition, The Robockets had an overall ranking of 11 out of the 40 teams attending the Reading Event, and were fortunate enough to become the 7th alliance captain. With strategic scouting, Team 4761 selected Team 1058, The PVC Pirates, and Team 190, Gompei and the H.E.R.D. With these two great stackers, and The Robocekts capping the stacks with recycling containers to boost the points, the alliance ultimately made it into the semi-finals and ended up 3rd overall.
As if leading an alliance to 3rd wasn’t enough for the night, The Robockets also won the Entrepreneurship Award for developing the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. From writing up new business plans, applying for grants, and reaching out to the community, The Robockets have stepped up their game this year to branch out to the community and spread their message of STEM.
But that wasn’t all for the night! Two of our founding mentors were honored at the Reading District Event. Charles Strout, our teacher mentor, became a finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award- an award that celebrates outstanding robotics mentors who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. And Sanat Patel, one of the founding mentors of the team was awarded Volunteer of the Year Award for all his work with FIRST and creating the Reading District Event.
We even had both Woodie Flowers and Dean Kamen visit us in our own field house!! Such a nice surprise!
Team 4761 is extremely proud of this huge success. Many thanks go to the local FIRST community, including Team 3467, Windham Windup, Team 4909, The Bionics, and Team 2876, The DevilBotz. Hopefully the event can be hosted by Reading again next year!