First Tech Challenge Qualifier Readies Blue Jay Robotics Team

Posted November 30, 2017 / Last updated December 8, 2017

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Team Members (from left) James Bragg, Hayes Martin, and Emory Ducote focus intently on driving the robot as they compete in a match to qualify for the playoff rounds.

On November 5, the Jesuit Robotics team #6448 competed in a First Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying tournament at the Academy of Our Lady. The Jays competed against 14 other FTC teams from the Louisiana region. They finished the preliminary matches with a 4-1 record and went on to the playoff rounds in 2nd place.

This second place finish allowed the Jays to choose their alliance partner for the playoffs. They partnered up with team #8647 Cybercell from Hammond High and prepared for the next stage. With Cybercell at their side, the Jays quickly won the semifinal series 2-0 and advanced to the finals. While the Jays fell short in the final match, ending with a 0-2 series loss, they were one of five teams to qualify for the regional state championship at UNO on February 3.

The day ended on a positive note with the Jays winning the Think Award and placing third in for the Control award. The Jays also received an award for Finalist Alliance.

For their next competition, the team will travel to Baton Rouge to participate in another tournament on December 9. Woodlawn High School will host the event.