Robotics Teams Building for Action

Now with four robotics teams from the Rockford area, this season promises to be an exciting one!  The 2013 Challenge has been assigned and they are all in the build stage.

The Challenge?  ULTIMATE ASCENT is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 by 54 foot field.  Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2) minute and fifteen (15) second match.  The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives. Here is the full description of the scoring.

The four teams will be competing against other teams in several Regionals; the first is the Kansas City Regional March 15 & 16th; Wisconsin Regional held in Milwaukee March 22 & 23rd.  The Midwest Regional will be in Chicago April 4 & 6th.  All are open to the public and free!

The newest team is the Stateline Robotics Team #4655 with students from Hononegah and Beloit Memorial.  Their design, build and testing work is being done at Hononegah’s engineering lab. For a first year program, they have 35-40 students that are participating.

Rockford Robotics Team # 2039 is building their robot at the Eigerlab/Techworks with 40 students from 16 area schools.  It’s an impressive list that you can see on the link above.

The Flaming Monkeys Team #3352 meanwhile, have found a new home to do their robot building instead of in their mentors garage!  They are now located at their Bot Cave in the  Belvidere Township Building on Fairgrounds Road.  Twelve students from North Boone and Belvidere schools make up this team.  They are a 4-H sponsored team that can accept any high-school aged youth regardless of their home address or school affiliation. 

The Winnovation Team #1625, the regions longest participant, has 37 students, the most ever, from Winnebago high school. They build their robots in their Bot Shop located off-campus.

All four teams are planning to have their robots in action at the Discovery Centers Engineers Day on February 16th; a good time to see the robots in action and meet the students who are developing  them.

Exciting news for robotics fans; these four teams are planning the Rock River Off-Season Competition. This will be an annual event with proceeds benefiting all local First Robotics Competition  teams. This year’s competition will be held on August 2-3 and will be held at Rock Valley College.

One observation that I’ve made watching these teams when the students graduate: many go on engineering school and these are the skills this region needs.  With 129 potential engineers in our local robotics program, that’s a great future resource!

A growing program; well done students, parents, mentors, sponsors and supporters!