Local teams excel at the FIRST Robotics Competition Miami Valley Regional
Posted:March 3, 2020
Columbus, Ohio (March 3, 2020) – Several local FIRST Robotics Competition® (FRC) teams competed at the Miami Valley Regional between Thursday, February 27 to Saturday, February 29. This public event was held at the Wright State University Nutter Center and featured 60 teams representing a total of 7 states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, and West Virginia).
Local high school robotics team The Metrobots (FRC 3324), based out of Metro Early College High School, had a successful run by being a part of the Finalist Alliance. The team also won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, which “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school and community.” Winning this award allowed the team to advance to the FIRST Championship, a four-day robotics championship held in Detroit, Michigan from Wednesday, April 29 to Saturday, May 2.
Other local teams featuring mentors from FIRST Alumni and Robotics at Ohio State (FROS) that had similar success included The Botcats (FRC 128) and WorBots (FRC 4145). The Botcats, based out of Grandview Heights High School, was awarded the Gracious Professionalism® Award, which “celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values both on and off the playing field.” WorBots, based out of Worthington City Schools, was awarded the Entrepreneurship Award through the development of a comprehensive business plan.
Volunteers from FROS were present throughout the three days to help with certain functions of the competition such as being a Field Resetter or a Control Systems Advisor. A few individuals also helped to staff The Ohio State University College of Engineering table to talk to parents and students about the university, the student organization’s FIRST initiatives, and incoming freshman scholarships. The table attracted an estimated 200 people over the course of the competition.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international competition in which high school teams construct a robot up to 125 pounds under strict rules, time, and resources. These teams then compete at various events to get a chance to qualify for the FIRST Championship. Each year, FIRST releases a new FRC game with specific elements that challenge high school students to engineer a robot that can complete certain game tasks from scratch. More information about this year’s game, Infinite Recharge, can be found on FIRST’s page (https://info.firstinspires.org/infinite-recharge).
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international non-profit organization founded in Machester, NH in 1989 by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers. Their mission is to inspire PreK-12 students to be engaged in science and technology through mentor-based programs.
- Written by Derek Ho