“I thought we did an excellent job exhibiting gracious professionalism with other teams as well as our own. I also feel we were able to truly teach our new members what being a Gearhead is all about.” -Claudia Dancy after Centerline District Event
“As someone who has been a part of the team for seven years i have seen the worst the team has done and i also remember seeing the team go to worlds, so to say we are the worst would be a wild miscalculation, but to say we don't need work is a lie. I love this team and i know we will get better.”- alumni Dan Blohm on the disappointment of finishing 22nd of 38 teams and getting eliminated in the quarterfinals
Congratulations to everyone on Team 1189 for reaching the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIRST Robotics competition at Centerline High School! Although we didn't win, we reached a level some teams couldn't achieve and for that we are thankful. This was my first time attending the robotics competition and I was a more than a little skeptical at the beginning; but by the end of that day I was dying to get back into those stands. I started out scouting other teams robots which I really enjoyed. However, when pressed to scout two robots at once and eventually two bots at once on opposite alliances, I reached my limit sought other things to do.
It was then that I met an Alumni and former media captain Dan. Dan was down in the aisle area dancing his mind out, it looked genuinely like he was going to drop dead at any second from the pure energy he was putting emitting by being down there dancing to every single song. At first, I just hung down there as a spectator and was eventually pressured by my fellow Gearheads to join in. I didn’t know at all what I was doing in the beginning but after observing I got the hang of the spirit of competition, it got to be a ton of fun.
Our team was lucky enough to receive the prestigious “Industrial Safety Award.” We were both honored and proud to be recognized for our safety precautions by the First Robotics Community.
Personally, I believe we did an absolutely fantastic job and i’m proud of my fellow teammates for making it to the quarterfinals with our newly named gear collecting, fuel launching robot, rope climbing “Twister”!
by Ben"Jamin" Hermon
At my FIRST (no pun intended) robotics competition, I didn’t know what to expect from the robotics teams participating in the Centerline competition. The sound of teams screaming nearly deafening, as every square inch of the gymnasium was bustling with team spirit, prompting many (including Mrs. Reickert) to wear ear protection. Speaking of team spirit, the mascots were full of it, cheering and supporting their robots. The robots were also impressive, performing the desired tasks with varying amounts of difficulty. Some had incredibly smooth movements, like silk, but others moved with less fluidity. Either way, the robots were impressive creations, and the variety of the robot designs and functions made my jaw hit the floor. Overall, the first competition I attended was interesting, and I’m looking forward to the next.