Robotics team headed to state competition
First Tech Challenge 4-H Robotics Team 10038, Illuminati Confirmed, is moving on to state-level competition.
State competition takes place Friday and Saturday at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Confrence Center against 48 other First Tech Challenge teams from across the state.
According to the team members, they were able to make it this far in the competition thanks to hard work and innovative ideas on the design and function of their robot, as well as their engineering notebook.
An engineering notebook, they explained, is a collection of the team’s notes, financial statement, business plan, member profiles, prototyping drawings, building ideas, and all outreach that the team does.
Illuminati Confirmed was able to progress from its league competition to Iowa Super Qualifier after being awarded the Motivate Award, which is given to teams that embrace “the culture of FIRST and clearly demonstrate what it means to be a team.”
In order for Illuminati Confirmed to win the award, the team had to show gracious professionalism to everyone, including allies, rivals, referees, judges, and spectators.
At the Super Qualifier Feb. 4 in Johnston, the team took sixth place out of 24 teams.
The team also earned the Judge’s Award.
A Judge’s Award is given to teams that catch the judge’s attention, but did not actually fit any of the award categories.
Earning the Judge’s Award alone would not have allowed the Illuminati Confirmed team to advance. However, by finishing sixth, they were able to qualify to go on to state competition.