FTC Robotics Team Brings Home Awards from Qualifiers

On Saturday, Nichols School's FTC robotics teams traveled to Corning, NY to compete in their last qualifier event of the season.

The White Team, made up of 8th, 9th and 11th graders, built an excellent and well-programmed robot. The robot had one of the best autonomous routines in the contest. They did very well in their team interview, qualification matches and were picked to be on the 4th seed alliance in the elimination round. They won the Judge's Award.

The Green Team, mostly made up of Nichols Upper School's Engineering Class students, won the 2nd place "Motivate Award" for their outreach efforts to other teams in Buffalo. They assisted the nine other Buffalo teams by running training, troubleshooting their problems, lending them equipment, and inviting them over to use Nichols STEM lab.

The team won the 2nd place "Control Award" for writing a paper describing how color sensors, accelerometers, encoders and cameras were used on the robot to make it play autonomously for the first 30 seconds of each match. The team had one of the most consistent and highest scoring auto routines at the contest.

The team also brought home 1st place "Think Award" for providing a 352 page books of the reasoning behind their design decisions for their robot. The book includes their 8 different initial ideas for robots, designing and manufacturing 34 unique robot parts in the Nichols STEM lab, trouble-shooting process, and redesigns of parts.

Nichols School won the 2nd place "Inspire Award" for having the best all-around team. This award qualifies the team to progress to the State Championship contest in Utica at the end of January.

Special thanks to Larry Hiller, Phil Coburn and Dillan Sayers for their help with the team as well as Holly Kemp and Dan Dolan for their help with travel logistics.