Our third year posed a variety of challenges. Our lead mentor, Emily Ma of IDEO Labs, was in Shanghai during the build season, forcing us to become even more student-led and self-reliant than ever before. Because the team consisted primarily of seniors and freshmen, younger members had to learn on their feet and older members were challenged to facilitate the transfer of a very large body of knowledge to the younger “generation”. The team came together to produce Scotty, a defensive robot and extremely dependable scorer. The team once again attended two regional competitions and the National Championships in Atlanta. The season culminated in Gatorbotics establishing itself as the highest nationally ranked all-girls team ever.
The 2007 challenge was entitled Rack ‘N Roll. Teams earned points by placing large plastic inner tubes on a swinging structure with three levels (the “Rack”) in the middle of the field and by elevating other robots off the ground.
The team continued mentoring underprivileged elementary school children with LEGO robots at Elizabeth Seton School. The team also reworked its leadership structure by creating a technical lead and a non-technical lead to best ensure communication between the build, programming, public relations, finance, website, animation, and spirit subteams.
Pacific Northwest Regional: At the Pacific Northwest Regional in Portland, Oregon, we were awarded the 2007 Website Excellence Award.
Silicon Valley Regional: We won the 2007 SVR DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award, which celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork. We participated as alliance captains.
National Championships: At the FIRST National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, we placed 7th in the Curie Field and were the Highest Ranking All-Girls Team nationwide as well as the highest seeded team in our alliance. We were alliance captains and set the record as the highest nationally ranked all-girls team in the history of the Championships.
Other Recognition: We were profiled by NBC Nightly News for a feature while competing at the FIRST National Championships in Atlanta.