An Awesome Day of Robotic Fun at the Western PA FLL Grand Championship

It was a momentous day this past Saturday in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania as qualifying teams from across Western Pennsylvania all descended upon the National Robotics Engineering Center for the Western PA FLL Robotics Grand Championship.

48 teams participated in this epic celebration of excellence in applied math, science and engineering, vying for recognition and awards for outstanding robotic performance, design innovation, programming prowess, research excellence and demonstrated gracious professionalism.  Organizers commented that this year’s event clearly drew out the best in all of the participants as the field of robots on display were the most advanced involved in the tournament to date.

Clearly the multiple rounds of competitions allowed the teams to iterate and to improve both their robot and their overall performance at every step along the way.   The average table game score increased 22% between the Regional Majors and the Grand Championship – from 194 to 237.  More than 10% of the teams scored over 300 points… which is pretty darn impressive.  Congratulations to all of the teams that committed themselves to improving their performance in each round!  You are all awesome.

For the record, the final awards were given out to the following teams:

Overall Champions Awards

  • First Place Award – Team # 4051 – BrainSTEM Robotics 
  • Second Place Award – Team # 74 – Not The Droids You Were Looking For
  • Third Place Award – Team # 3226 – Electric Dreams

Robot Performance Awards

  • First Place Award – Team # 4051 – BrainSTEM Robotics
  • Second Place Award – Team # 74 – Not The Droids You Were Looking For
  • Third Place Award – Team # 3226 – Electric Dreams
Robot Design Awards

  • First Place Award – Team # 698 – Carlow Remembots
  • Second Place Award – Team # 3477 – Chaotic Robotics
  • Third Place Award – Team # 11293 – Super Charged Team
Programming Awards

  • First Place Award – Team # 11912 – RoboPals
  • Second Place Award – Team # 4947 – SciTech Thundersharks
  • Third Place Award – Team # 7228 – Penngineers
Research Project Awards

  • First Place Award – Team # 8299 – Robotix Psychotix
  • Second Place Award – Team # 8291 – Home Base
  • Third Place Award – Team # 14960 – Lightning Bolts
Team Work / Core Values Award

  • First Place Award – Team # 9726 – Freeport Engineering & Technology
  • Second Place Award – Team # 6523 – STEAM Powered Girls
  • Third Place Award – Team # 4918 – Shady Side Gold

The Western PA FLL has been extended the privilege of sending their overall champion to the FIRST FLL World Festival in St. Louis in April.  Good luck to Team 4051!

 

All of the relative rankings are available at the following link

Western PA FLL Grand Championship – Final Results Final Rankings