Although the actual 2012 season is over, Red Storm Robotics attended the West Michigan Robotics Invitational on Saturday, October 20th, 2012. This competition did not count as a “real” FIRST competition, but aw otherwise like an in-season competition, with the same level of competition, atmosphere, and structure, and many of the same teams usually found at competitions in the West Michigan area. This competition was played using the 2012 FIRST game, Rebound Rumble. This competition allowed new team members to experience a FIRST competition during the off-season, preparing them for the real competitions in 2013, and to have fun at the same time.
The invitational’s website is here.
In the preliminary rounds, Red Storm went up and down in the rankings, but ultimately made it to nineth place, qualifying for the final rounds. It wound up selected for the alliance of the second-place team, but ultimately had to be replaced due to unexpected mechanical failure. However, the team is still proud of its relative success, and the competition was an excellent learning experience for all who attended.