On Wednesday April 19th, 11 young engineers (and a few old ones) from the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge loaded into black vans and made the journey to the George R. Brown Convention center in Houston, TX. There, approximately 400 of the best teams from around the world gathered to form alliances and compete in this year’s game, FIRST Steamworks. KnightVision joined teams from Australia, Israel, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, and other nations. Six game fields filled the entire bottom floor of the almost absurdly large (over a quarter mile long!) building, each field named after a famous scientist or engineer.
We were placed in the Roebling division, named for the designer and builder of the Brooklyn bridge. It was a powerful and awe inspiring experience for myself, Coach Bowman, and the team. The Knights made a very impressive showing in competition, achieving a record of 5-4-1 and ranking 26 out of 66 teams in our division. Although we did not advance to Einstein Field at Minute Maid Park due to unfortunate problems that could not be fixed until the last second, we are sure that our indestructible bot, expert driving, and all around great performance played some role in preparing the winning alliance from our division to eventually win it all.