For the FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit on April 25-28, Mechanical Mayhem was assigned to the Darwin Division with 66 other teams from the U.S., Canada, Poland, and Taiwan. Meanwhile, more FRC teams competed in five other divisions. With 2018 being the first year the Championship event was held in Detroit, we looked forward to new fun adventures! Many of the team toured the Ford factory on our day of arrival with Team 4905 who shared our coach bus. Highlights of the FIRST Championship included meeting people from around the world, interacting with other world-class teams, attending conference talks, and testing all that our team has learned throughout the season. We ranked 18 of 67 teams in our division with a record of 7-5-0, and we were chosen for the playoff rounds by the 7th ranked alliance captain 234 Cyber Blue from Indianapolis, IN, with 3130 The ERRORs from Woodbury, MN, and 5234 MarauderBots from Elsie, MI, rounding out our alliance. We were knocked out in two quarterfinal matches by the 2nd ranked alliance. At the World Championship, the team enjoyed working hard under pressure, learning from our mistakes, and having fun!
We will miss our two seniors, Cas and Quinn, but we wish them well as they study STEM majors at college in the fall!