Beyer High Iron Patriots turned an epic fail into a whopper of a win, and will be heading to Houston, Texas, to take on top teams from around the world.
It will be the Beyer robotics team’s second trip to the pinacle competition. Last year they won on heart, selected to go to the international contest because they mentored younger teams in Modesto. This year they won on moxie, elbowing away other robots to keep those teams from scoring.
“We were most effective at making other robots miserable,” is how team captain Hayden Ricklick put it. Among the robots they made most miserable was a top shooter destined for the final rounds. There, three-team alliances duked it out to shoot 5-inch Wiffle balls into a barrel and gather gears on a table, all part of the steam punk-style game designed for the 2017 FIRST Championship.
The Beyer robot, nicknamed Jack after
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