The Lee’s Summit West High School robotics team, Team Titanium, competed in the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics tournament March 28-30. This is the third tournament the team has competed in this year and the third time they have won, once again seeding first after qualification rounds and captaining the winning alliance of three robots.
They previously won tournaments in Lubbock, Texas, and Kansas City. The team’s next competition will be at the World Championships in St. Louis, April 24-27. Team Titanium has now won six regional competitions in a row dating back to 2011. Very few teams in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FRC program have enjoyed this level of success on the competition field. Some have ranked Team Titanium’s robot in the top five out of over 2,500 robots in the competition this year.
The Oklahoma City tournament included 58 robotics teams from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Oregon. These teams competed in the FIRST Robotics 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent. In Ultimate Ascent, robots score by shooting Frisbees into goals across a 54-foot field and climbing 8-foot tall jungle gym-like pyramids. During qualification rounds teams were assigned to random alliances to compete three-on-three in the arena. After 87 rounds Team Titanium emerged as the only undefeated team and earned the No. 1 alliance captain position. They selected S.W.A.T. from Smithville and Oklahoma Storm from Drumright, Okla., as their alliance partners. Together this alliance went undefeated through the quarters, semifinals and finals to win the tournament.
Team Titanium also earned the Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. This award celebrates outstanding sportsmanship and continuous Gracious Professionalism® in the heat of competition, both on and off the playing field, and is partially based off of the positive comments left by other teams. Team Titanium, comprised of 33 Lee’s Summit West High School students and their mentors, has earned nine awards this year in FIRST competition. Along with the three Winners trophies and the Gracious Professionalism Award, the team earned the Entrepreneurship Award, sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers; the Quality Award, sponsored by Motorola; the Industrial Design Award, sponsored by General Motors; the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for coach Aaron Bailey; and the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award for student team member Jay Urban.
The BroncoBots from Lee’s Summit North competed at the Alamo Regional in San Antonio Texas this weekend. There they earned the Regional Chairman’s Award which represents the spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate. It embodies the goals and mission of FIRST. This award also qualifies them for the World Championship.
Team Driven from Lee’s Summit High School is also qualified for the World Championship due to the Engineering Inspiration Award they earned at the Greater Kansas City Regional. They will be competing this coming weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
This is the third time that all three teams have qualified for the World Championship in the same year. They also all qualified in 2009 and 2010.