FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 314 racked up more state qualifying points in competition against 39 teams from around the state at the Great Lakes Bay Region FIRST Robotics District Competition last weekend, according to a press release.
It was their second competition of the year after also finishing first in a competition earlier this month at Kettering University.
They finished last weekend with an overall ranking of first in the district, held the first ranking position from start to finish, played in all the elimination matches to reach the finals, was alliance captain and won the district competition in an alliance with Team 2619, The Charge, of Midland and Team 5712, Gray Matter of Hemlock.
Team 314 also won the Excellence in Engineering Award which acknowledged its
Elegant and advantageous machine having features that no other robot displayed.
As a result of this latest victory, Team 314 is currently in third place in the State of
Michigan out of 347 teams and have earned 146 points towards the Michigan FRC State Championship.
“I have been with this team as both a parent and now as a coach / advisor and I could not have been more proud of our students and the accomplishments they have done this last weekend,’’ said Ellen Crain, team coach.
The team will next compete April 2-4 at the Lansing District Competition held at Mason High School in Mason.
They are well on their way to defend their 2014 first-place title at the Michigan FRC State Championship April 8 -11, 2015 in Grand Rapids at the DeltaPlex Arena.
Donations and sponsorships still are needed to support the efforts of this award winning State Champion team, Contact Ellen Crain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-691-2810 for more information. — Rhonda Sanders