The Schuylerville High School Robotics Club is gearing up to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Regional Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.
The Schuylerville team, which is comprised of 10 Schuylerville High School students, one Greenwich High School student and several mentors, has been working for six weeks to design, build, program, test, and tweak a robot to compete against 35 teams, including competitors from five states and Canada.
This year’s competition is called “Recycle Rush.” Teams are tasked with stacking recycle bins on a scoring platform. To increase the point value, teams can put a trash can on top of the stack of recycle bins. Teams who put litter (a pool noodle) in the trash can before stacking can earn additional points. Schuylerville’s team will be part of an alliance with two other school’s robots. Teams must form strategies on how to work together against the other alliance of three robots.
Once the qualifying matches are complete, the alliances are formed for the finals. The top eight ranked teams get to pick their alliance robots. These teams move on to the finals and the winning alliance gets invited to go to the national competition in St. Louis.
WATCH THE COMPETITION ONLINE
The FIRST Robotics Regional Competition will be streamed live online. Opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. and qualifying matches begin at 9 a.m. Those interested in watching can click here. A complete agenda is also available by clicking the link.