First off, congratulations to teams 180, 1592, and 4901 on their regional win at Orlando! Those teams performed extremely well throughout the competition, and deserved their victory.
Unfortunately, we were not among the winning alliance, nor did we make it past the qualification round of the competition. It was a rough weekend for our robot, and frankly I was not expecting the intensity of this game in every match. Defense is a huge factor, like no other game before. Each match was a very rough atmosphere, making it difficult to get that perfect shot off. We got off to a hot start by winning our first two matches, but then underperformed the rest of the weekend.
But from this competition, we have to keep our heads high. It did not go like any of us expected, but we were able to see our flaws and we will learn from them in the future. We will be competing again in Virginia this weekend, and we are determined to succeed.
Besides the matches, this year’s Orlando regional was a lot of fun. We had some new faces like team 624, CRyptonite, who I was “fangirling” (as Jeni puts it) over all weekend. And we had stellar performances by a lot of old Florida teams, like 180 and 233.
We also won our 4th ever Regional Spirit Award!!! When presenting the award, the announcer quoted one of our team members speaking to the judges. This student said that “Robots aren’t just for engineers.” One of our greatest methods of growth has been spirit. When I started on the team, we were a small group of about 20 students. That year we won our first spirit award. We started to become more of a family, and we progressed as a team. Now we are a competitive force of over 100 students from all different backgrounds. We are the Ninjineers, and we won’t be going down without a fight this year. Go ninja go!