At the FIRST Robotics 2013 World Championships, four hundred out of 2,548 teams worldwide competed with robots they designed and built to throw Frisbees into goals and climb nine-foot steel pyramids. After 134 qualifying matches, the top eight teams of each division chose their alliance partners to continue into the playoff rounds. We were ecstatic when the second-ranked team chose Mechanical Mayhem for our ability to score Frisbees sixty feet across the full length of the field.
Nathan Streeter, one of our team’s amazing mentors, noted that our second divisional semifinal score of 266-216 “set the world record for highest score without penalties! That match also sets the record for the highest unpenalized combined score, with 479 points combined! The ‘Killer Mechanical Guerillas’ alliance definitely had a lot of disc firepower!”
Coach Streeter commended the team: “I’m so pleased by the hard work, perseverance, and teamwork by the students, parents, and coaches — not just at the 2013 Championship event, but in the weeks, months, and years preceding it. God is gracious.”