Hahn's FLL Team Wins Big in Debut
By Amie Martin
Two weeks prior to competition, Hahn's new Robotics Team, Cardinal Coders, were unsure if they would even be competing. After a delayed start to the season and the logistics of starting a brand new team, time was of the essence. Practices were kicked up to 4-5 per week, and the kids got down to business. They all took turns programming, building, and setting up their robot, and when time was up, they were ready. Maybe they didn't have the robot of their dreams, but they had a functioning robot that would stand its own in competition.
This FLL team headed to Kettering University on Saturday, November 23rd to compete against nearly 30 other teams. The team met with judges privately in small rooms for Robot Judging, Project Judging, and Core Values Judging, where they were very impressive and showed that they had truly worked as a team to complete all of their tasks. The most exciting parts were the head-to-head competitions. After a 55 point first round, the second round came in at 85, the third round at 150, and the fourth round at 190! The team showed so much improvement as the day went on, taking advantage of every minute they had to work on programming and perfecting their robot. At the end of competition, the Cardinal Coders were sitting in 8th place. The team earned the Research Award for their chosen project and they were congratulated with thunderous applause from the biggest crowd of fans there! Finally, the five teams qualifying for States were announced and when Cardinal Coders heard their team number, 48875, they went wild! It was definitely a day to remember. The team plans to regroup this week and begin preparing for their State tournament in the upcoming week. Congrats, Cardinal Coders!