After six weeks of the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into the fabrication of the robot, here is where it all pays off. The competitions run from early to late March each year, with the FIRST Championships in April. On the playing field, you are out to win, but gracious professionally. Off the field, you cooperate with the other teams. FIRST does not have long-standing rivalries like other sports, as a team may be your partner one match, but your opponent the next. And that is what gracious professionalism is. Learning to compete, but not violently, but then cooperate the rest of the time, to openly share ideas and concepts, to synergize together. This may should new and unique to rookies and newcomers, but this is what will fuel the industry of the future, competing while cooperating in an open and friendly environment.
FIRST World Championship Event (2005)
The 2005 FIRST Championship Event was be held on April 21-23 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. Here, over 8,000 students from FIRST Lego League, VEX Robotics, and the FIRST Robotics Competition will compete against teams from all over the world. Please be sure to see the links to the right for more information.
The 2005 Championship Event is the biggest FIRST event of the year, with 341 FIRST Robotics Teams, 53 VEX Teams, and roughly 50 FIRST Lego League teams from all over the world. For three days, these teams competed on the field, gaining experience and qualification points. On Saturday, each of the 3 four divisions - Archimedes, Newton, Galileo and Curie - held their division playoffs, to find the winning alliance that would represent their division in the Championship playoffs on the Einstein field. Although it Archimedes Division, which Gus was in, was regarded as the "hardest" division, with all three reigning National Champs (71, 435, 494), it was the Newton Division that won with teams 67, 330, and 503. But the real winners, the Chairman's Award winner was none other than 67, HOT. They won not only two regionals, but also the Championship and the Chairman's Award. Congratulations to everyone who participated in FIRST, for although your team may not have won an award, in the end everyone does when FIRST inspires students.
At the Championships, Gus Robotics Team 228 finished in 14th place in the Archimedes Division, out of 85 teams. Gus Robotics also had a 5-2 win/loss record. For pictures, videos, and more, see the links in the left column.