Following up on a dominating performance at the Brazos Regional in Waco, Jesuit Dallas robotics, aka The All Sparks, capped another successful competitive season with a third-place finish at the 2017 FIRST World Championship presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green in Houston, more than 15,000 students from 700 teams and 33 countries put their innovation skills to the test in the world’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math for students.
Attended by nearly 30,000 people, the four-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in front of thousands of cheering fans at Minute Maid Park in the match finals of this year’s game, FIRST STEAMWORKS.
As Hopper Division champions, The All Sparks, also known as Team 2848, were one of six teams to advance to the finals. Jesuit’s squad was ranked eighth overall at the end of the qualification rounds, and was chosen to an alliance with Team 604, Quixilver (Calif.), Team 1868, Space Cookies (Calif.), and Team 2903, The NeoBots (Wash.). The Alliance was eliminated in the semifinals.
“This was our second appearance in the Einstein field, and the guys did a phenomenal job,” offered the program’s co-founder and faculty moderator, Michael Couvillon. “Our students had an amazing season, and I’m proud of their efforts from the beginning of the build season through a strong run in our sixth appearance at the FIRST championship.”
Jesuit Dallas won the FIRST World Championship in 2014, and looked the part for an unprecedented second title after placing first out of nearly 50 teams in the qualification rounds of the Brazos Valley Regional. Featuring teams from two states and three countries, The All Sparks’ winning alliance included Team 3310, Team Blackhawk (Rockwall-Heath) and Team 6357, The Spring Konstant (Dripping Springs).
This year’s team was paced by a drive team consisting of Spencer Gautreaux ’17, Jack Barone ’18, Aidan Koch ’19 and Will Madden ’20; pit crew boss Noah Santoni ’19; and control system coordinator Will Curran ’17.
In addition to the team accolades this season, Anirudh Kantareddy ’18 won the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Brazos Valley Regional.