Las Vegas Regional
Last week, from March 22nd to March 24th, San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics attended the FRC Las Vegas Regional. At the competition, there were a total of 44 robotics teams competing to collect the most points from placing Power Cubes onto scales while strategically using power-ups. After the 86 qualification matches, Titanium Robotics was 18th place. “Competition was hectic, but seeing all the hardworking members in the pit, drive team, and stands warmed my heart,” reflected Engineering President Shawn Thai.
Following the preliminary games, the top eight teams then chose two other robots to ally with them in the playoffs. Titanium Robotics was the first pick of the seventh-place team. In order to gain the most points in the upcoming rounds, the team realized they needed to place a Power Cube onto the 6-foot scale during the autonomous portion of the game. During the break before quarterfinal matches, programmers of the team wrote the autonomous code that allowed for the robot to do this. They sent their robot, Joys[Ti]ck, onto the field without being able to fully test the new code, and it worked perfectly. Alas, Titanium Robotics did not make it past the quarterfinal rounds. Still, the team’s efforts were recognized through receiving the Quality Award which celebrates having a robust robot in both concept and fabrication.
Rankings and awards were not the primary reason for going to the Las Vegas Regional; Titanium Robotics also used the opportunity to scout the many robotics teams present. Engineers, programmers, those in business, and many other members learned new techniques from observing and talking with other teams. Safety Captain Jonathan Fong commented, “My favorite part of the competition was the fact that I got to see how other teams are like.”
With the experience gained from Las Vegas, the team eagerly anticipates the Aerospace Valley Regional. It will be held from April 4th to 7th at Eastside High School in Lancaster, CA. Anyone interested may attend and watch the competition firsthand.
About Titanium Robotics
Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of over 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design, and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org