Along with alliance partners, team 2590 Nemesis of Robbinsville, New Jersey, and team 2016 Mighty Monkey Wrenches of Ewing, New Jersey, team 225 TechFire competed throughout the weekend, making it to finals and battling through the playoff rounds to finish in first place at the district event. Krtanjek says landing the Mighty Monkey Wrenches team on the alliance was, “a steal and a half.” He beams, “They complemented our alliance so well. Nemesis being a fantastic scale bot, TechFire being a fantastic scale bot, and the Mighty Monkey Wrenches being an amazing switch and exchange robot... the fact that we had them available was incredible.” Pit Team Member Jess Babcock agrees, “What matters most about your alliance partners is what you can do with them. Compliment your weaknesses with their strengths.”
Winning the event qualifies all three teams to compete at the FIRST World Championship sponsored by Qualcomm on April 25 - 28 in Detroit, MI. TechFire is hopeful to make it further into the competition than last year, ideally all the way to the esteemed “Einstein” field. Babcock predicts, “This year I think we can make it to Einstein. I think we can only be stopped by our own personal limitations, and if we believe we can do it, then we will do it.”
Babcock remembers, “Last year was a season where we did not have that great of luck. We had some tough matches. But, I think this year, we are able to see that hard work that I know we put in really come to life. Especially with many of us being juniors and seniors this year, it makes me tear up just thinking about how happy I am to end my senior year on a good note. That is something I’ll always remember.”
Watch history being made at the FIRST World Championships at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on April 25 - 28. Visit firstinspires.com and www.firstchampionship.org for more information.