Another Successful Daisy Season!

2014 MAR Championship

After a busy build season, Miss Daisy began competing at the Hatboro-Horsham District Competition, a local event the team has attended for the past several years. Despite a rough start, we were ranked 9th out of 40 teams at the end of the qualification rounds. The first seed, Team 2590, Nemesis, selected us as their first alliance partner, and we chose Team 272, the Cyber Crusaders, as the third member of our alliance. FRC elimination rounds have three matches per round, but our alliance played only two each round, showing off our excellent teamwork. The finals were nerve-wracking, but Miss Daisy, Nemesis, and the Cyber Crusaders came out on top!

For our second event, Miss Daisy went to Tabernacle, New Jersey, for the Lenape-Seneca District Competition. Having been broken-in at Hatboro-Horsham, the robot worked very well; the drive team was able to score consistently in both autonomous mode and tele-op mode. Miss Daisy joined an excellent alliance made up of Teams 484 and 1089, and finished the competition ranked 9th. While we did not win Lenape-Seneca overall, there was still a treat in store: we were given the Team Spirit Award for our spirit during the competition and our presence in the FIRST® community.

Each season, Team 341 attends one travel regional competition, and this year, we went to the Finger Lakes Regional at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time in Daisy history. We had to compete against unfamiliar teams in an unfamiliar area, but Miss Daisy certainly rose to the challenge. We finished in the semi-finals, ranking 4th out of all the teams at the competition. A surprise came when we were given the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Entrepreneurship Award for our team’s business plan. The award was a testament to the hard work of mentors and students during the build season.

The Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) Championship is an event that we on Miss Daisy take very seriously, as it is an opportunity to mix with and compete against some of the best teams in our area. This year, the event was held at Lehigh University and was chock-full of both friendly teams and formidable opponents: at the end of the qualification matches, Miss Daisy was ranked 40th out of 55 amazing teams. Luckily we were able to join an alliance made up of Team 2590, Nemesis, and Team 11, Mount Olive Robotics Team (MORT). We competed against some very skilled teams, and after three nerve-wracking matches in the final round, Miss Daisy and our alliance partners came out on top! In addition to this regional win, the team received the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Entrepreneurship Award for the second time this season.

2014 World Championship

The biggest FIRST® event of the year is the world championships, held this year in St. Louis. Missouri. Four hundred FRC teams attend each year, including Miss Daisy. This competition is always challenging, but we did quite well throughout, finishing in 33rd place out of 100 teams in our division. We had a lot of fun along the way and made several new friends, including Israeli Team Y; the week after the world championships, they even made the journey to Wissahickon High School to see our facilities and talk about FIRST®.

All of the hard work and support of team members, mentors, families, sponsors, and alumni certainly paid off this year and helped make the 2014 season as enjoyable as it was!

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