This past Saturday was our Qualifying Tournament - the real deal. I really wanted the kids to focus on having fun and simply celebrating their accomplishments as a team. As a result, we had a celebration pizza party the night before and they all arrived at the tournament simply happy to be there.
|The team's table display explaining the research project.|
|A visit from the Dean of Engineering|
|My daughter being interviewed by the university's newspaper|
|A practice run of the robot's program in between challenges.|
|Getting some fresh air on a break in the university's botanical garden.|
|A tense moment after the robot was dropped just before a challenge.|
|My son (left) and teammate during a robot challenge.|
|Line dancing while the final scores are tabulated.|
The kids went in confident, but I think lacking a trophy from the weekend before didn't make them overly optimistic. I, on the other hand, was quite confident they'd be in the top five teams and advance to the State Championship, though I'll admit to some self-doubt looming in the back of my mind. This was a smaller tournament and I saw were they ranked against some of the other teams in the practice tournament, but you never know how the others improved over the week or other teams coming in that weren't at the practice. However, even I was surprised at the final outcome.
First Place Presentation Performance
First Place Robot Performance
First Place Championship Award!!!