2004 FIRST Frenzy
Change is the best word to describe the 2004 season. We started the season without a sponsor and with little hope of finding a major sponsor. As a team we began an intensive marketing campaign to raise money for the team. We found small sponsors, applied for a donation from a foundation, and worked to obtain materials from local companies. After all of this we had raised about $10,000. A simple act of gracious professionalism at the Buckeye Regional the previous spring connected us to our current sponsors. Two of our team members noticed some individuals wandering around looking for a place to eat at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Our team members offered them their seats and stayed to talk with them. It just happened that those individuals were executives from the Bausch & Lomb team. They offered our team members their card and told them to have the team coordinators call them. That contact was made in the fall and Bausch & Lomb agreed to sponsor Greater Rochester Robotics.With new sponsorship in place, the team could get down to the business of building a robot and competing. The team came up with an innovative and complex design. As we continued to design and build our robot, we felt we had a good chance of doing well at competition. At the Buckeye Regional we were undefeated through two days of competition and again found ourselves atop the leader board. We selected two teammates we felt complimented us and could help us win the competition. We did just that. We never lost a match throughout the elimination rounds to finish undefeated in competition. We were also judged to have the best team Animation and again won the Motorola Quality Award for a robust and reliable design. Feeling good about our success in Cleveland, we returned to the Championship Event. Through another two days of competition, we were once again buried in a group of very good teams. Luckily, both of the teams we partnered with in Cleveland were atop the leaderboard in our division. We were the second selection made by the number one seed team, our partners from Cleveland. As a trio we went on to win our division and missed the Finals by one match. Altogether our most successful season to date.