Firstly, as a raffle participant of the 2018 FTC championship in Detroit, team 4654 would like to congratulate the winners of the championship, and all other participants. During this breathtaking competition, we were able to achieve the rank of 22 out of 64 in the Edison division, with the final record of 5 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie. We had our struggles, and triumphs, but in the end, we are proud of what we were able to accomplish this season.

This year, was likely our most successful year, having created the best robot since our rookie year in 2010. We participated in 4 competitions during the 2018 season. The Hudson Valley Peekskill Qualifying Tournament, the Hudson Valley Yonkers Qualifying Tournament, the Hudson Valley Championship Tournament, and finally the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Detroit – Edison Division. We were able to win the Control Award, Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, and Inspired Award 2nd Place. We were also finalists for the Motivate Award and the Think Award.

2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Championship

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So Whats Next?

While this season has ended, and the 2019 season has not started, we are already preparing. Board position elections are coming up, our seniors will graduate, more funding must be secured, and lots of organization needs to occur. The goal is not to match our successes in the 2018 season, but to surpass them.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2019 FIRST Tech Challenge season, check out the new theme teaser that FIRST has released! From this video, narrated by none ofter than astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the 2019 FIRST season, “Launch” was announced. This year, the theme seems to revolve around space exploration, with the FTC game being called Rover Ruckus though game details were not released and will not be released until the reveal and start of the season in September.