On July 13th and 14th, 70 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from around the world gathered at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis to compete in the premier off-season event: Indiana Regional Invitational (IRI). The teams at IRI are the best of the best. This event held 16 michigan teams including team 67 (H.O.T.), 33 (Killer Bees), 302 (The Dragons), 217 (Thunderchickens), and 3457 ( The COMETS). Our own Livingston County team 3707 ( The Techno-Dogs) also attended. There were also teams that competed in the Houston World Championship such as team 118 (Robonauts)and 359 (Hawaii Kids). The competition at IRI is harder than anything we saw at MSC or at Worlds. IRI is one of the only events where you will see 20 cubes on each side of the scale in qualification matches. While it does sound very intimidating, we would’ve qualified with our record this season. It is so cool to say that we are up there with these top level teams this season. On top of the crazy competition, the whole event was used as a charity event. With the team registration, every team had to donate a backpack full of school supplies to give to local kids who can’t afford school supplies. The 70 teams there donated over 120 backpacks. Another fundraiser there was the silent auction. In the auction there were team shirts, a swerve module, a FIRST power up corn hole game and much more. All of the silent auction money went towards the victims of the shooting that happened in the next town over, Noblesville. Watching the finals live, there was such an excited atmosphere and I hope our team can compete at IRI next year. Below I have a link for the blue alliance page on IRI as well as the youtube link for the final match.