This past weekend, the Lausanne Robotics team traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas to compete in at the FIRST Tech Challenge competition.
Its been six years since the Lynx started participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge, in which some of the region’s best teams are tasked with demonstrating the highest level of engineering and autonomous system design through a set of challenges. This year's robotic event presented new features of the competition, including challenges that involved stacking blocks atop a foundation as well as the shuttling of stones from both sides of a field.
Since September, Lausanne Robotics team members, Diego Alba ’21, Carter Trexler ’21, Virginia Derrick '21, Walter Mink '22, Gabriel Wright '22, Whit Faughnan '22, Logan Trexler '23, and Henry Tarkowski ’23 had been preparing diligently for this challenge every day after school.
Competing as the underdog, the team had a lot to prove. In the first match, the team was able to achieve first place despite the malfunctioning of some of their robot’s sensors. They held their position until the fourth match where they finished in second place.
The team then advanced to the semifinal elimination rounds and ultimately made it to the finals. In the finals, the team faced the first seed alliance who was the clear favorite.
In the first of two games, the Lynx were able to hold their ground, but unfortunately, the first seed alliance was just as coordinated. The two matches ended, and the Lynx patiently waited for the results. When the results were announced, the team was excited to hear, "Lynx Robotics will be advancing to State!"
This victory made the Lynx the Winning Finalist Captain. The team has also earned spots in both the Arkansas State Competition and the TN State Championship which are both in February. Due to their success, the team now has the chance to compete for a spot in the World Championships.
This story was written by Communications intern Phillip Kulubya '20.
Congratulations are in order for Lynx Robotics! The Upper School team is number #1 in the Tennessee First Tech Challenge Championship Ranking and holds the record for the highest-scoring match, and they were able to add to their accomplishments this past weekend when they competed in the Arkansas FTC Champion. The group took home the Colin Aerospace Innovates Award while also winning Alliance Team Members of the Arkansas State FTC Robotics Championship and breaking Arkansas' record for the highest-scoring match.
Way to go, Lynx!