Congratulations to the three Rochester City School District teams who competed in the 2019 Finger Lakes FIRST Robotics Regional competition on March 15 – 16, 2019. Forty-eight teams, including four international from Canada, Mexico, and China, competed this year at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The XQ Robotics Team #1450 at the Franklin campus placed 9th, making them the highest qualifying team from the RCSD. Their design approach was to K.I.S., or “Keep It Simple,” logging 18 hours a week as they built a device that allowed them to score points efficiently throughout the competition. The XQ Robotics team has 17 student members from Integrated Arts and Technology High School, Vanguard Collegiate High School, and School of the Arts.
The districtwide team, Roc City Robotics Team #3838, brought great energy to the competition, with a durable and robust robot. The team ranked 32ndgoing into the finals, but their abilities were recognized as they were selected to participate in the finals over some higher-ranking teams. The Roc City Robotics team is comprised of students from Edison Career and Technology High School, P-TECH Pathways to Technology, World of Inquiry School No. 58, and East High School.
The Wilson X-Cats Team #191 entered the competition after a fast six weeks of build season. Students and mentors worked many long hours to put together a competition-worthy robot. After the qualification rounds, the X-Cats were selected as a part of an alliance to enter the elimination rounds, along with the Team #1507 Warlocks from Lockport and the Team #3157 Iron Lancers from East Irondequoit. The student teams worked hard, climbing through the quarterfinals and earning their way into the semifinals. The X-Cats received the Woodie Flowers Award for mentor Jeff Huspen, which acknowledges highly effective communication in the art of science and engineering and design.
FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 10 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Professional mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team. Robotics students have the opportunity to work alongside professional engineers; build and compete with a robot of their own design; learn and use sophisticated hardware and software; and qualify for scholarships at over 150 colleges and universities.