Winthrop High Rambler Robotics [F.R.C. Team #5471]
FIRST© Team 2648, “Infinite Loop” from Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine sponsors an annual offseason event called “Mainely SPIRIT”.
In 2014, before our team was officially formed, a group of students from Winthrop was invited to attend Mainely SPIRIT 4. At the event, the Walpole RoboRebels, FIRST© Team 1153 from Walpole, Massachusetts graciously allowed our students to use their spare robot, which they had built as a prototype for the robot they used in the competition.
In addition to providing us with the use of their robot, the RoboRebels taught our students how to control the robot, how the competition worked, and strategies used during a match. They also worked overtime repairing damage that occurred as part of the matches, ensuring that our students could continue to the next match.
At the end of the qualifying rounds, our students continued on into the match rounds, having been selected to compete as part of the alliance for FIRST©Team 4906, “The Collective”, from Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville, Maine. The other team in our three-robot alliance was Team 172, “NorthernForce Robotics”, from Gorham and Falmouth High Schools, Maine. Our alliance made it through to the finals, where we lost in a ‘Best 2 out of 3’ contest.