First thing’s first, we’re advancing!
On January 24, 2015, Team RPG attended the Georgia qualifier in Huntsville, Alabama. Unlike all of their other tournaments, in this one, they were joined by six other Tennessee teams, including SHARP (which finished as second place alliance captain) and RoboBears, both of which Team RPG mentored.
After a very exciting day of competing, scouting, talking to judges, and making new friends, Team RPG finished in 8th place. The team was disappointed, but hopeful, because of their extensive outreach. Their good spirits were rewarded when they won second place Control award, second place Motivate award, second place Connect award, second place Think award, and an Inspire award, which allowed them to advance to the Georgia state competition that will be held on Valentines day (if you’re looking for a romantic day to spend with your partner, a robotics tournament should be high on the list.)
But flashback to the beginning. The team arrived at the school where the qualifier was being held bright and early at 7:30 am and promptly began scouting, the remainder of check-in, and the interview process. Team RPG was happy to see several teams that they recognized from the 2013-2014 season and were sure to say hello to their old friends.
The team happened to be in both the first and last matches of the day, so they were busy all day improving and repairing their robot and preparing for their next match, always careful to keep at least one person at their table at all times in case a judge happened to come by.
The end of the day was exciting. Their anticipation grew each time they received a second place award. By the time they won the Inspire award, Nocturna was squealing, hyperventilating, and jumping up and down in her seat (this is not an exaggeration – this is actually what happened). Hugs soon after ensued.
All in all, the tournament went wonderfully and the team looks forward to competing in Atlanta!