FLINT TWP. — After an outstanding showing last weekend at the Detroit FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Carman-Ainsworth FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Team 314 has earned enough points to qualify for a spot at the Michigan FRC State Championship next month.
Competing against 40 other teams from around the state, C-A earned an overall ranking of sixth in the district event, said Ellen M. Crain, Head Mentor CA High School Robotics Advisor.
Their robot “Big Mo” earned the 2nd highest amount of points in Autonomous, Tele-operator (student controlled), and earned average scores in matches. They were also selected by the 2nd Alliance Captain to be a partner.
The team played in the elimination matches, and went all the way to the finals. They were District Finalists and ended up winning second place.
They also brought home the second highest award of the tournament, the District Engineering Inspiration Award. This award is given to a team for their outstanding efforts in advancing respect/appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school and their community.
Currently ranked 6th out of 211 teams in the state, CA has now earned enough points to compete in the state championship at Eastern Michigan University April 11 – 13.
State rankings may change as other districts complete preliminary competitions between now and the state event, Crain said.
At the state meet, C-A will vie against the TOP 64 teams in the state to qualify for one of the 27 spots to go on to the world FRC Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. There will be 400 teams competing there from around the world.