After an amazing season, the girls of SWAT 771 proudly went on to their final competition of the year: FIRST Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Our girls had an incredible time at championships talking to judges, meeting teams from all around the world, and competing with some of FRC’s best.
Of course, who could forget decorating the pit of Team 610, “The Crescent Coyotes”, with pink flowers, feather boas, and balloons at night, and seeing their confused (and slightly shocked) reaction in the morning. Thankfully, the all boys team graciously commended and laughed at our prank, even using some of the decorations on their robot for a match.
Aside from this, our girls also continued to grow closer to one another and strengthened the team’s bond through games of Ninja under the Gateway Arch (something that has quickly become tradition), countless team dinners, and a spectacular visit to the St. Louis Science Center. Overall, championships has been an unforgettable experience and we hope to return next year!
The final regional SWAT attended this year was the brand new Western Canadian FRC Regional. Before the regional began, SWAT took a trip with Team 1305, “Ice Cubed”, to Banff, Alberta, a place that is truly as beautiful as everyone says it is! At the regional, we were honoured to receive our second Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award of the year and were delighted to build connections with many of the teams.
One team in particular that touched the hearts of our members was Team 4625. After struggling through build season, Team 4625 had become a team of one man, Hermon, who had fought to make it to this regional and to keep the team alive. Unfortunately as a team of one, Hermon did not have enough members to make up a drive team. Inspired by his story, SWAT 771, along with “The RoboDawgs” (Teams 214, 244, and 288) and “Qwerty” (Team 3278), worked to help Herman through qualifying matches, and proudly watched as he made his way to the quarterfinals. Without a doubt, it is clear to see that this regional helped all our girls learn about the true meaning of FIRST.