Over the past weekend, we had the opportunity to compete at the Midwest Regional! During Midwest Regional, we were able to do a number of things, some even new to our team. For example, this year, our scouting was top notch. Understanding how each team played, and what teams would make the perfect alliance, it became beneficial to us. We crunched numbers and were able to understand which robots would work best with us. In addition to that, we gave it our all for two certain awards: Engineering Inspiration and Chairman’s Award, two of which allow us to go to FIRST World Championship located in Detroit, Michigan. In order to prepare for this, we created a booklet, highlighting every aspect we do on this team, from mentoring all of our FIRST teams at the school to doing outreach at big events. Even bigger than the booklet, we filled an entire two inch binder, full of our documents. It was quite impressive. The binder had almost every aspect to our team, and I mean everything.
While we did rank 51st out of 53rd, only winning two games, we did not walk home empty handed. Because of our efforts to spread STEM education within our community, we won Engineering Inspiration. Only 1.4% of FRC teams will win it this year, and fortunately we have become part of that percentage. Over the past 6 years, we have tried to reform our broken community, and through STEM, we are trying to shape it for the better. Winning Engineering Inspiration covers the registration fee for World Championship in Detroit Michigan. This is huge bonus for us, especially because we will need all of the financial help for the two upcoming competitions.
Engineering Inspiration is just the start, a start for something much greater. This may have the possibility of influencing inner-city teams, proving that it is possible to advance to World Champions. And who knows? Maybe one day, FIRST 5125 Hawks on the Horizon will become a Hall of Fame team.