RPA Robotics Teams kick off the season with top ten placements
RPA’s robotics teams recently competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge in Springfield, Ore., with Team #5627 placing in the top five, while Team #6727 managed to secure a top 10 spot in the rankings.
The first league meet of the season, the competitions allow teams to earn points that will determine their overall ranking in the league. Both teams are looking forward to doing well at additional meets in January, which include a qualifier that will allow them to qualify for the state championship.
The teams competed with their own robots in a challenge themed around the transportation of goods. Fourteen teams each came to the event with their own ideas for how to best transport small plastic cubes and spheres from “warehouses” (corners of the arena surrounded by barriers) into “shipping hubs” (three-tiered, balanced platforms) in both autonomous and driver-controlled runs.
Team #5627 featured a 3-D printed claw that could lift the goods to the highest tier on the platforms for maximum points. Team #6727 used an elevator to scoop goods and deliver them efficiently.
The following students are enrolled in the RPA Robotics class and participate on the two teams:
Students who attended meet
Johan Jeffrey (Lex) – 9th
Damien Hinman – 10th
Alexander Larson – 10th
Bliss Louvar – 10th
Benjamin Barrie – 11th
Ryder Byrnes – 11th
Bodie Dachtler -11th
Richard Louvar (Grey) – 11th
Jackson Patron – 11th
Alyssa Walker – 12th
Students who helped with the robots but didn’t attend this meet
Niysa Heilman Gast – 12th
Alex Garza – 12th
Noah Eisbach – 10th