Global Dynamics goes to Worlds

Derek Walker

The Global Dynamics robotics team competed and progressed at the FIRST Robotics District State Championship, coming in seventh place overall in the competition.

Walden Hillegass, the primary driver, i.e. the controller, of the robot felt the stress during the competition.

“You have a very limited amount of time to do things,” Hillegass said, “and not doing things can let down your whole alliance and let down your whole team who worked just as hard as you on this robot.”

The robots rest at the beginning of the match. Each match includes a total of six players, three alliances on each team.
The robots rest at the beginning of the match. Each match includes a total of six players, three alliances on each team.

It’s a stressful job since drivers have little access to the robot before the competition. Most of the time is spent making modifications.

Sarahn Nazaret, the secondary driver of the robot, attributes the victories to having a strategy.

“I was worried because the point average that we had be getting in the semi-finals and the quarter finals than what we really needed to to to compete in the finals match,” Nazaret said, “but changing up the strategy made such a difference. I was surprised how much changed because of that.

Global Dynamics tests the hanging ability of the robot. It’s a practice for a challenge where the robot must hang from a seven foot tall tower.
Global Dynamics tests the hanging ability of the robot. It’s a practice for a challenge where the robot must hang from a seven foot tall tower.

Their victory leads them straight to the FIRST Robotics Worlds competition, where they will be competing with other countries. Nazaret feels a calm prior to the event.

“This is the highest we can get,” she said.  “I don’t think there is really a lot to fear for and a lot more to be excited for.”

For the week of April 25 Global Dynamics travelled to St. Louis Missouri for the international challenge. They competed against 900 teams from 39 different countries separated into eight divisions. Out of They placed 48th out of 75 teams in their division.