Howell FTC Teams Qualify for State Finals

All Four of Howell FIRST Tech Challenge Teams Qualify for State Finals
Posted on 11/29/2021
Team KAOS with their awards at the FTC event11/29/2021 - All four Howell’s four FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, have qualified for the FIRST in Michigan State Finals based on their performances at recent FTC qualifier events.

KUDOS advanced to the state event by earning the Inspire Award at the Howell Qualifier on November 20. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed at FTC events, is given to the team that best embodies the 'challenge' of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism, both on and off the playing field.

KRASH qualified for the state event by earning the Design award at the Howell Qualifier on November 20. The design award recognizes design elements of the team's robot that are both functional and aesthetic. The Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot's appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team.

Team KAOS qualified based on their performance in the Fruitport Qualifier on November 13. The team finished qualifying matches with a 3-2 record and was selected as an alliance member by Team RoboDux from Zeeland for the playoff matches. Joining Team KAOS and Team RoboDux in the alliance was Team ZooBOTix United from Kalamazoo. The alliance went 4-0 in the playoff matches to be named event champions and advance to the state finals.

In addition to being a member of the winning alliance in Fruitport, Team KAOS earned the Motivate Award at the event. The Motivate Award is given to a team that embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a team. The award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through Gracious Professionalism and general enthusiasm for the overall philosophy of FIRST and what it means to be a FIRST Tech Challenge Team.

Team KILTS qualified based on their performance at the Midland Qualifier on November 13. KILTS finished their qualifying matches with a 4-0 record before being selected as an alliance member by Team The Viking Speed Warriors from Midland. Joining the two teams to complete the alliance was Team Circuit Breakers from Troy. The alliance fell 2-3 in the playoffs but still qualified for the state finals.

Team KILTS also earned the Think Award at their event. The Think Award award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.

This year’s FTC game is In FREIGHT FRENZY. In the game, teams and their robots must navigate a complex transportation system by traversing barriers and racing against time to load and deliver essential items to those who need them most.

The FIRST in Michigan FTC State Finals will be held on December 17 and 18 at Kellogg Area in Battle Creek and at Macomb Community College in Warren. All of Howell's teams will compete at the Battle Creek event.

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