This weekend Team 4405, The Atoms Family of Plymouth Christian Academy, competed in the Belleville District event for FIRST FRC Robotics. This event featured 41 teams from throughout Michigan. FIRST FRC Robotics is a worldwide high school robotics challenge. FIRST In Michigan is considered to be the “Mecca” of robotics and Michigan features 508 teams across the state. As such, district and state level events rival the level of competition seen at the national and international level competitions.

In this event, The Atoms Family, led by an all-senior drive team of Hadlee Chubb, Chiren Moore, and Zach Racho, finished in 3rd place after its 12 qualifying round matches. After the qualifications are complete, the teams then pick their “alliances” of three teams to compete for the championship. The Atoms family was teamed up in the second alliance with Team 1189, The Gearheads from Grosse Point and Team 5915, The Mercy Midnight Storm from The Mercy Education Project out of Detroit. After a dominating quarterfinal, the alliance was pushed to the brink of elimination in the semi-finals, winning a tiebreaking match in convincing fashion. In the finals, working with an ailing and fatigued robot, The Atoms Family, along with their alliance members, were able to overcome the odds and push on to victory in straight matches winning 2-0 in a best out of three final round.

In addition to this amazing District win, The Atoms Family also captured the Creativity Award. This winning performance, along with a finals appearance and the Quality Award in their first district event, places the Atoms Family in 8th place in the state and solidly qualified for the State championships three weeks later at Saginaw Valley State University. Additionally, they are well positioned to return to the World Championships for the 4th straight year if the team can achieve another solid performance in Saginaw. Beyond the competition, the team was also honored to nominate two students as Dean’s List semi-finalists. Juniors Elise Miera and Taylor Maxwell represented Plymouth Christian Academy and The Atoms Family as their Dean’s List semi-finalists.

Written by Keith Boruta, The Atoms Family Coach & Mentor

PC: Steve Sciatto