By Jim Sprague
Dexter’s FIRST Robotics team turned in another strong performance at the Lincoln Regional Competition, held March 22 and 23 at Ypsilanti’s Lincoln High School. Dexter’s 2nd place finish, along with their earlier 1st place finish at the Belleville competition, has the team currently ranked 9th in the state, out of the 549 teams competing in Michigan in 2019. As the State Championships typically invite the top 160 teams, the Dreadbots expect to be mixing it up with the best in the state at Saginaw Valley State University on April 10-13.
After a rough start, the Dreadbots diagnosed an intermittent short circuit that occurred after adding a structural frame reinforcement and ended up qualifying 4th out of the 41 teams competing with an 8-4-0 record. While the drive team was on the playing field collecting qualifying points, the Dreadbot scouting team compiled data on the strengths and weaknesses of the other robots, to aid the strategy team in making the best selections for alliance partners in the Finals. Additional team members staffed the pits, were interviewed by event
The Dreadbots served as captain for the 3rd seeded alliance in Finals competition. Along with their alliance partners the Whiteford Bobcats (Team # 6570 from Ottawa Lake) and the Steiner Steel Storm (Team # 5067 from the Rudolf Steiner School, Ann Arbor), the Dreadbots fought past every higher ranked team in the
In addition to the points from on-field competition play, the event judges singled out Dexter for another award, which also added ranking points to help qualify the team for State and World Competition. The Xerox Corporation sponsored this year’s Creativity Award, which “Celebrates creativity in design, use of
FIRST events are family friendly, fun and free to attend. Visit https://firstinmichigan.us/FRC/events/to find out more about upcoming events, including the State Championships, as well as the World Championships, to
Dexter area families with science or robot-inclined children younger than High School may be interested in helping to form
By Jim Sprague