This was the team's second year to build a robot to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) contests.
This year, the task was titled "Aerial Assist." Teams were to design and build a robot to pick up 2-foot diameter exercise balls and throw them into different height goals. The Steel Trojans placed 39th out of 48 teams.
"Our team didn't fare out as well due to networking issues with our robot," wrote
In its first year, Team 4615 was to design and build a robot to throw Frisbees into slots at various heights within a planned court, along with five other teams. The team placed 19th out of 45 teams during the qualifying rounds.
To learn more about steel Trojans and the FIRST program, visit www.frcteam4615.weebly.com.
Sponsors who supported and contributed to the competition are
FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor
Each year, competition begins the first week in January with a six-week time frame to design, build, test and be ready to compete with a robot, using a standard "Kit of parts" and a common set of rules designed by a committee of engineers and other professionals. These 120 pound robots are used in annual competitions that involve completing a specific task, in the form of a game.
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