2017 Season Recap
2017 was a year of ups and downs, but also of never before seen achievement of the team. IHOT Robotics (FRC 1414) competed in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Steamworks. The team was ambitious and built a robot designed to intake fuel from the ground, shoot fuel into the high boiler with a double shooter design, place gears, and climb a rope. However, things did not go as planned for the team, placing 33rd in the PCH Dalton Event. Regardless, this event acted as a major turning point for the team. With a lot of effort and iteration of the robot, the team placed 3rd in the PCH Columbus event with a record of 11 wins and 4 losses. We captained the alliance picking Fernbank Links (FRC 4468) and Team Clutch (FRC 1795).
From our performance in the Columbus Event, we qualified for the Peachtree State Championship and ranked 16th in Georgia. As some may have noticed, we completely changed our robot's design for the State Championships, making us more competitive. We had issues with our drivetrain during this event. Nonetheless, we still performed better than ever and entered the quarterfinals with Marist Screaming Eagles (FRC 6340) and Hyperion (FRC 4516).
With our hard work, we qualified for the World Championships for the first time since 2006. This event really demonstrated how much the team has grown. We ranked 17th in our World Championship Division and had one of the highest gear averages. We were honored to be the first pick of Texas Torque (FRC 1477), a previous world champion, as well as to play with Apex Robotics (FRC 5803) and Hastings (FRC 6508). We played well and only lost to the alliance who went to win the Houston World Championships.
We would like to thank all the friends we have made during this year and all of those who helped us along the way! We hope to see everyone next year with another great season!
- Justin Chau