2014 Inaugural Rhode Island District Event

Three weeks after Mechanical Mayhem’s success at the Granite State District Event in Nashua, our team was ready for our second event in Rhode Island. After a two-hour drive, Mechanical Mayhem arrived at Rhode Island’s first FRC event, held at Bryant University in Smithfield from March 21-22.

After opening ceremonies on the first day of the event, our team settled into its routine as the matches went under way. By the end of the day, our team was undefeated and ranked first out of thirty-seven teams. In addition, our team’s Safety Captain received the peer-nominated “Star of the Day” award for his kindness and generosity in advising teams in the pit area. We also won the “#1 Safest Pit” Award for Friday.

On Saturday morning, the participating teams returned to the stadium for the remaining qualification rounds and the beginning of the elimination matches. Ranked first, with a record of 11-1-0, our team invited the Aluminum Falcons (2168) and the Aluminum Warriors (5163) to join our alliance for the eliminations matches. With our capable alliance, we breezed through the quarter and semi finals undefeated. In the finals, our alliance faced the second-seeded alliance comprised of AIR Strike (78), the NUTRONS (125), and the Robockets (4761). Our winning streak was broken in our second finals match which we narrowly lost due to a foul called on our alliance. In the tiebreaker, the second-seeded alliance barely managed a win with only two points to spare, placing us as District Finalists.

During the Awards Ceremony wrapping up the weekend, our team was honored with the Engineering Inspiration Award, the second most prestigious award celebrating “outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.”1 With the combined points gathered from both district events, our team has ranked high enough in all of New England to move on to the New England Championships in Boston on April 10-12.