SCS Robotics Year In Review

Since January 10, 2015, SCS FIRST Robotics High School Robotics Teams have been designing, building and programming their robots to be ready to compete in this year’s game, “Recycle Rush”- RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season. The FIRST Robotics Competition provides the opportunity for high school students and their mentors to work together to solve a common problem. They have six weeks to design and build a robot using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Each year the challenge is designed by Dean Kamen, FRC staff, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.

FIRST redefines winning for students by rewarding teams for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, Gracious Professionalism, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring points is a secondary goal- winning means building partnerships that last. You can find out more about the game and watch some of the many videos by visiting www.usfirst.org and click on FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). There are also over $20 million dollars in scholarship money available for students (juniors and seniors) at numerous colleges and universities, just for students being on an FRC team for 1 year.

Here are the SCS teams and how they placed at their Regional events. Many of the teams were able to attend two regionals this year.

Georgia Southern Regional, Perry, Ga- February 24- March 1- Craigmont High School- Team # 3516- finished 40th out of 42

Arkansas Rock City Regional, Little Rock, Arkansas- March 4-8-Bolton High School – Team # 5040- finished 49th out of 54 and Hamilton High School-Team # 3783- finished 36th out of 54

Alamo Regional, San Antonio, Texas- March 10- March 15- Southwind High School- Team # 4989- finished 56th out of 60, Memphis Business Academy High- Team # 3961- finished 32nd out of 60 and Mitchell High School, Team # 4721- finished 50th out of 60

Bayou Regional, Kenner, LA- March 17- March 22- Booker T. Washington High School- Team # 2817- finished 43rd out of 59 and Cordova High School –Team # 3227- finished 43rd out of 59

Peachtree Regional, Atlanta, Ga- March 24- March 29-White Station High School- Team # 5045- finished 23rd out of 66 teams and was chosen as an alliance team to compete in the semi-finals, but the alliance lost the match.

Queen City Regional, Cincinnati, Ohio- March 31- April 5- Bolton High School –Team # 5040- finished 42nd out of 47

Smoky Mountain Regional, Knoxville, Tn- March 31- April 5-East STEM- Team # 4524- finished 42nd out of 51, Hamilton High- finished 34th out of 51, Cordova High- finished 32nd out of 51, Kingsbury High Team # 3856- finished 47th out of 51, Manassas High-Team # 4396-finished 30th out of 51 and Whitehaven High School- a 1st year team, finished 31st out of 51, but was awarded the Judges Award. During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition. Whitehaven was one of the two teams awarded. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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