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Cow Town ThrowDown Recap

posted Nov 5, 2013, 8:14 AM by Up-A-Creek Robotics   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 8:39 AM ]
On October 31st, Up-A-Creek Robotics set forth from the CDC on a mission to compete in the Cow Town ThrowDown in Lee's Summit, Missouri. We rode there over the course of two days and arrived at the competition on Friday.

We partook in a few practice matches before opening ceremonies, and then we were off to the races. After the two matches on Friday, we noticed that our disc retention mechanism needed some "enhancement", so on Saturday morning we fixed it with the use of a piece of shirt (Thanks, Team Driven!), some duct tape, and some zip ties. We ended the qualification matches seeded fourth overall with six wins, one tie, and one loss.

In the Elimination Rounds at the end of the day, we beat out the fifth seed, two wins to none, but lost to the number one seed with two losses. After the elimination matches, we sat down to watch the awards ceremony and was granted the Best Industrial Design Award ("Celebrates the form and function of an aspect of the robot that effective achieves the game challenge").

The next day, we gathered in our cars and sat down for the ten-hour ride back home (after way too many bottomless Root Beer Floats at Red Robin, of course!). When this trip was all finished, we had finished a great, away competition. Congratulations team, we successfully completed our first out-of-state competition!

Written by Jake O. on November 4, 2013