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Canby High Cougarbots bring home more awards from Junction City tourney


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Canby High School Cougarbots earned several awards at a recent tournament at Junction City. The Cougarbots are: Harrison Gingerich, Austin Adair, Ian Oakes, Madilynn Nissly, Bryce Crispin, Ben Thomas, Steven Morris and Ryan Bigej.Canby High Schools Cougarbots did well at its second FTC Robotics tournament Feb. 14-15 at Junction City.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Canby High School CougarbotsThe team rolled through the qualifying rounds successfully, emerging as the top team in a 24-team field. The matches are played on an 18-foot by 18-foot field.

There are four robots on the field at a time, two in the red alliance and two in the blue alliance.

During the qualifying rounds, teams are randomly put into an alliance for each match.

“There is a lot of strategy and collaboration involved in working with your alliance partner to secure as many points as possible to win the match,” said Jennifer Gingrich, the teams’ volunteer coach.

The top four teams move into the elimination rounds. By emerging from qualifying in first place, the Cougarbots got the first alliance selection. The elimination rounds are a best two-out-of-three format. After winning its semifinal match, the Canby team pushed the finals to three games before falling, earning second place overall and the Finalist Alliance Award.

The compeititon also consisted of judging sessions, both formal and informal, to determine the winner of a variety of other robotic awards.

The Cougarbots received the “Think Award,” given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The engineering notebook must demonstrate that the team has a clear understanding of the engineering design process, with pictures or drawings and details documenting all stages of robot design.

In all, the Cougarbots won six awards over two tournaments.

“Hopefully, the establishment and success of the of this rookie FTC robotics team at Canby High School will lead to greater student and community interest in this program and an expansion of the program,” Gingerich said.



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