BX was able to “adopt” 5 members of COSMOS (Team 123) for our trip to worlds! We boarded the charter bus on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:00 am! Around lunch time we ran into Las Guerrillas (Team 469) so we decided to stop for lunch together. We arrived in St. Louis around 4:00 PM CST. We went directly to the arch and waited to travel to the top of it. You could see all over ST. Louis from there. Our pit crew headed to the arena and started preparing our robot for inspections. THOMAS passed inspections with ease! From there, we went to the Union Station for a little shopping before dinner. We then ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. After this, we headed to our hotel to check in, relax, and do a little swimming!
Thursday we all headed to the Edward Jones Dome and Americas Center to begin our competition. Our first match was a little rough, but our drive team worked it out and after that first loss, we didn’t lose any more matches. We were off to a great start. Matches went until 8:30 PM on Thursday. We were able to see a little of St. Louis as we ventured out for lunch and dinner downtown.
On Friday, we continued our winning streak. We were disappointed that a couple teams did not come to the co-op bridge to balance with us, but we were happy to continue to win our matches. THOMAS and our drive team were doing an amazing job. On Friday night, we were able to go watch a Cardinals game. That was a lot of fun even though it was a little cold.
Saturday was our final day. We won our only match and were happy to be the 4th pick of the division. We were the third highest scoring robot in our division for the hybrid and tele0p portions. Our alliance was defeated in quarterfinals. Sadly, the Guerrillas were also defeated. We headed to Einstein to prepare for the finals. Though they did not go as planned, and a hail storm and tornado warning was surrounding us, we still enjoyed the final moments of our experience. Since we didn’t get tickets to the finale, we decided to have dinner with our 469 friends. It was a great ending to a wonderful experience.
BX made some new friends on our trip! We enjoyed traveling with COSMOS, hanging out with the Guerrillas, seeing all of our Michigan friends, and meeting friends from all over the world. It is hard to believe our season is over, but we are looking forward to some off season tournaments!