As the competition season comes to a close, Team 346 is proud to report another award-winning season. After a successful time at the Palmetto Regional in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina the team had their sights set on improving their performance at the Virginia Regional. Due to the strong efforts the team had put in place by improving their safety program the team had put in place was no waste, the team had successfully won the Industrial Safety Award, sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. Later in the competition Season the team had great success at the Virginia Regional. As day one came to a close the team’s testing minor improvements in the pits had a substantial impact on their ranking as we soared through the qualifying rounds. As the RoboHawks entered the elimination rounds they joined a powerful alliance as they encountered the quarter finals. The semifinals were a roller coaster for the team as the average match score had surpassed 100 points. Towards the end of the semifinals the team was knocked out by a few shy points towards their average score putting them in third place. The team was then honored with the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola for the team’s robust design and quick fixes to the robot.
Team 346 would also like to congratulate our lead mentor Mr. Paul Elkovich on winning the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the Virginia Regional. His hard work and dedication to the team is nearly unmatched. Mr. Elkovich donates a commodity more valuable than money. Now in his 11th year of serving as a leader mentor, he gives us expertise in his field, unsurpassed leadership and a prime example of what an engineer does to our future engineers of LC Bird High School.