October 22, 2016
Written by Ringo Chui
Fall Fiesta is an event that just cannot be missed. With friendly competition in the air and a buzzing crowd, the most tired individual was awakened by the energy of the event. Even an unknowledgeable spectator would cheer for a goal, the emotion, sweat and tears, and that is what drove the spirit of the crowd. The games started with the anthem which was beautifully sung and electrified the crowd. Team 4001 started their day in an alliance with Teams 771 and 5834 and battled against Teams 5036, 4939 and 2935. There were many difficulties within the match, such as 771 not being able to move for the majority of the match or 4001’s battery and connection issues. Despite our alliances’ relentless efforts, our alliance lost the first match at 29-47.
The fast pace continued throughout the day as Team 4001 prepared for their second game. At 9:56 am, still very early into the day, our second game began. Issues continued to arise for the team, but taking a risk, we put our robot on stage. No tests, no problem. This time our team allied with Teams 6141 and 2809 and faced off against Teams 865, 4914 and 5921. Due to previous battery issues though, the motor ran weak. Our ally, 2809, on the other hand, had a great game which pushed our alliance in the lead. However it was a close loss with a score of 46-48.
As the third game approached and with a few fixes, we looked the readiest that we have been all day. Allied with Team 2935 and Team 4678, we went against Teams 4946, 6240 and 5031. This game, we were able to drive our robot to its full potential. Although we completed the match with only scaling the tower halfway, we had our first win of the day, scoring at 92-55. The day continued onto the fourth match, which started at 11:44 am. Teams 4001, 5036, and 2706 faced Teams 5428, 4476, and 5596. Coming off a win, the RAMS were confident for a win. Our alliance scored great once again, and we even fully scaled the tower, however it was not scored. We had a big win with a final score of 90-56. We were on a roll!
Final game. It was do or die; if we lost this match, we would not make playoffs. Teams 4001, 1285 and 6240 versus Teams 5911, 1325 and 1241. During the game, the team suffered a broken hook so we could not scale. We were outdone by Team 1241's bot who could score in any direction. With a final score of 62-140, we ended up at rank 18, coming out of Fall Fiesta with 2 wins and 3 losses.
Even though we came up short, we were invited to join forces with Alpha Dogs (Team 4946) and Breaking Bots (Team 5428), to form the 6th alliance in the playoffs. We fixed the hook the best they could with zip-ties. During the quarter finals, a best out of 3, the 6th alliance faced the 3rd alliance and won with a score of 109-92. Team 4001 surprisingly scaled the tower and got scores that made all the difference. The second game came up and the team looked locked in. The battle was close and competitive; we consistently got points and our chances looked good. The final score was 114-92 with our alliance taking the win.
With semifinals at 4:20 pm, Team 4001 prepared the robot for a win. However, unfortunately we lost connection with our robot early into the match and for the whole time, the robot sat on the field. Although our alliance lost the first game, the playoffs were best out of three, so anything could happen. Going into the second round determined to survive, our alliance work together to make a comeback. Connection issues doomed Team 4001 from the start and to the team’s surprise the robot disconnected again. With a team effort, we were able to fix it, but the difference was already too big to make a comeback. The final score was 75-172 and our alliance was eliminated.
Despite all the difficulties our robot faced throughout Fall Fiesta, we were able to learn so much about maintaining team spirit and perseverance. We want to thank all our teachers, sponsors, team members, and the organizers of Fall Fiesta for making this off-season event a great experience!