TechFire was honored to attend the 2014 Indiana Robotics Invitational held at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, IN this past weekend. Hosted annually by Teams 234 Cyber Blue, FRC, 45 TechnoKats, and 1024 Kil-a-Bytes, this event has become one of the premiere FIRST competitions in the world, attracting top teams whose records of stellar performance have earned them a spot on this prestigious stage.
Team 225 played well and enjoyed sharing the field with some of the best teams in FRC. While TechFire did not advance to the elimination rounds, much was learned from playing at one of the most competitive FRC events ever. Without a doubt, attending the IRI was an invaluable experience which will serve to inspire and strengthen the TechFire program in seasons to come.
Congratulations to the Winners and Finalists at the 2014 IRI
Winning Alliance – 2056, 469, 1625 and 4039
Finalist Alliance – 254, 1114, 330 and 2013
Besides watching incredible robots, much fun was had after the matches. Kudos to TechFire members, Tessa and Michaela Bryan, for an amazing performance at the IRI talent show. These two lit up the stage with some impressive gymnastics moves--225's got talent!
In addition to being a top-notch event for FIRST Robotics Competition teams, IRI raises funds for local charities. Since 2004, IRI has raised money for various charities, provided many scholarships to students, and given away an impressive number of supply-filled backpacks for Indianapolis-area kids. The charities selected for the 2014 IRI were Riley Children's Hospital and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Howard County. Thank you to everyone who donated backpacks, supplies, and items for the silent auction!
TechFire will take a well-deserved break before the next off-season event coming up in September. Thank you to everyone who made IRI a big success and to the Martin family for hosting a fun-filled, post-competition party for the team!
In appreciation for the use of practice space, TechFire visited Tekgard and gave a presentation, demo, and signed photo to recognize the support this local engineering company has shown to our team. Tekgard employees enjoyed learning about the FIRST program and were amazed to watch the 2013 robot shoot frisbees across the warehouse. Great job, TechFire students!
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