ABSOLUTE ZERO EVENT BLOG
Maryland States 3/1/2020
Absolute Zero went to the state-level competition for the second time this year! They had an amazing time there and were able to wrap up their season with pride. Go Absolute Zero!
Showcase at Algonkian Elementary 2/26/2020
Absolute Zero was invited again to Algonkian Elementary school for its yearly STEM showcase. Multiple branches of Robotics for Youth such as STEMPowering Girls and the Drone Competition were showcased, and competitions such as World Robotics Competition and First Tech Challenge were also presented. Absolute Zero was able to make an impact on the young community so that they pursue their interests in STEM.
Virginia States 2/22/2020
Absolute Zero was ready for their Virginia state competition this season! There they had a great time and were able to showcase their new and improve robots and designs. They were also able to meet teams from all over the area.
Absolute Zero Scrimmage 2/15/2020
A scrimmage of 9 FTC teams was hosted by Absolute Zero. With a game schedule set up, teams were able to practice with each other for states. At this event, Absolute Zero was also representing some branches of Robotics for Youth in STEMPowering Girls, EV3 Hackathon, and the Drone Competition. They were able to encourage many people to join these competitions in this event.
Haymaker STEAM Expo 1/25/2020
Absolute Zero volunteered at the Haymaker Expo hosted at Battlefield High School by First Robotics Competition team ILITE. The programs of Robotics for Youth including STEMPowering Girls, RFY Drone Competition, EV3 Hackathon, and World Robotics Olympiad were represented by AZ. Through demos of our drones, secondary robot, raspberry pi arcade, and EV3s, we were able to inspire young minds and increase interest in STEM!
Absolute Zero, Xtreme Voltage, Knightrix, SWAT Team, Roarbotics, and Bruinbots Scrimmage 1/25/2020
Team Xtreme Voltage (#10515) hosted a scrimmage in which 6 teams participated. Absolute Zero’s drive team represented AZ with an amazing robot performance! During this scrimmage we were able to share and collaborate our ideas with other teams to improve as a whole. This was a fun and awesome experience for Absolute Zero!
DC Qualifier (Maryland) 1/19/2020
At the DC Maryland Qualifier, Absolute Zero made it to the finals with Robot Uprising (#14604) and Innovotics (#8702). In match 1 of our finals, our motor burnt out, leaving our robot immobile, but our strong alliance was able to win match 2 and ultimately win the finals. We were able to advance to Maryland states, also receiving the Think award and and being nominated for second place Control and third place Connect awards!
Absolute Zero and Slice of Pi Collaboration 1/4/2020
Absolute Zero and Slice of Pi (#13441) are both teams that are part of a nonprofit organization called Robotics for Youth. Slice of Pi is competing for their 3rd year, and to practice before their qualifiers they hosted a collaboration with us on Saturday January 4th to practice and exchange feedback before their first qualifier. Both Absolute Zero and Slice of Pi was able to gain experience based on the feedback they were given. In meetings like these everyone is able to leave with more knowledge than they had before. We hope to have more collaborations in the future to exchange feedback and improve our knowledge in all areas of experience.
Centreville Qualifier 12/15/2019
Absolute Zero was proud to compete at the qualifier held at Centreville High School. We qualified for states by receiving the Inspire Award! Winning all 5 of our qualification matches, we ranked first place and also were in the elimination finals. We were also the second place Control and third place Design nominees!
Absolute Zero and SWAT TEAM Scrimmage 12/13/2019
On Friday, December 13, Absolute Zero hosted a scrimmage with SWAT Team (#16502) to give and receive feedback on performance and robot engineering. During this collaboration, we worked on multiple things. We began the scrimmage to acquire a taste of how each of our robots worked together. During each match, scorers on both teams had an opportunity to score runs and confirm scores with each other to increase their experience and correct ourselves for mistakes, increasing the scoring experience for both sides. Between matches, we discussed game strategies to maximize efficiency and points. This was an important practice for the drivers to know how to properly communicate with their alliance partner during matches to increase the score.
Oakton Qualifier 11/24/2019
At this qualifier, the new members on our team experienced their first FTC competition. We won the Motivation Award and placed second for Robot Design. We also were one of the Alliance Finalists!
Like last year, our team was able to give our Onbot Java Presentation at ECPI University. Helping rookie teams by giving this presentation was our way of giving back to the FTC community that helped us when we first started. The year that passed from our last presentation enabled us to give more useful advice to rookie teams that we picked up over the season.