The Browncoats are a community FIRST Tech Challenge team made up of six students ranging from 6th-12th grades. We’re from the Huntsville, Alabama area and this is our seventh year competing as an FTC team! Our name comes from our favorite tv series, Firefly! Stay Shiny!
We are currently in our 2019-2020 season, Skystone! We have currently competed at two qualifiers and two State Championships. We will be competiting in two more competitions before our season is finished.
Hot Springs Qualifier (1/11/20): Our first competition of the year was a qualifier held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our qualification matches went smoothly and we went undefeated, finishing in 1st Place. We chose team 7572 Lights On to be our alliance partner, and together, we won both of our semi-finals and finals matches, finishing the day as the Winning Alliance Captain, which advanced us to the Arkansas State Championship. We were also nominated for several awards including, 3rd Place Inspire, 3rd Place Motivate, 3rd Place Design, 2nd Place Innovate, and 2nd Place Connect.
Springdale Qualifier (1/18/20): A week later, our team competed at a second qualifier in Springdale, Arkansas. During qualification matches, we won four of our matches and lost one of them, finishing in 1st Place. Teamed with 9879 Root Negative One, we won both of our semi-finals matches, but lost both of our finals matches, finishing the day as the Finalist Alliance Captain. Our team was nominated for the Design Award and we won the Inspire Award.
Arkansas State Championship (2/15/20): Our first State Competition of the season was held in Springdale, Arkansas. We’d made a few updates to our robot, mostly for software, since our previous competiton. We went undefeated in our qualification matches and finished in 2nd Place. For our final alliance, we chose teams 10391 Lynx Robotics and 17179 DevilBots. Together, we won both of our semi-finals and our finals matches, finishing the day as the Winning Alliance Captain, which was a first for our team at State level. We also won our first ever Innovate Award, and we were a Promote Finalist, and 2nd Place Inspire. Because we were the Winning Alliance Captain, our team received an invitation to the Maryland Tech Invitational in June.
Alabama State Championship (2/22/20): Our final State Competition was held in Alabama on February 22nd. We won four of our five qualification matches and finished in 3rd Place. The #1 seeded team, 9879 Root Negative One chose us and 12652 The Flying Fish as Final Alliance partners. Our alliance won both of our semi-finals and finals matches, and we finished the day as the Winning Alliance 1st Pick. We were awarded the Promote Award (a first for our team) and the Inspire Award, which advanced us to the World Championship in Houston, Texas, which will take place in April.
We couldn’t be more excited with how our season has gone, and we can’t wait for the World Championship and the Maryland Tech Invitational! Good luck to all of the teams competing there!
Track Our Progress!
If you would like to keep track of our team’s competitions and results, visit our Orange Alliance page: https://theorangealliance.org/teams/7842
After each competition, the results will generally be posted soon after. You can also follow all of our social media, where we post about our journey!
Some of our goals for the 2019-2020 season include starting more FTC teams in Alabama and spreading awareness of FIRST and STEM to as many people as we can, both through outreach and our social media. Over the summer and throughout our season, we’ll attend as many outreach events as we can to help spread the word about the program.
Because there are so few competitions in Alabama, it is our goal to create more opportunities for teams to compete. We plan to host many scrimmages and workshops, along with our annual Rocket City Invitational!
Join Our Team!
If you would like to apply to join our team, please fill out this application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MK6BYWB and someone from our team will contact you to come join us at one of our meetings to meet the team!