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LHS Robotics Team Finishes Second at Finger Lakes Regional
Monday, March 30, 2015
More than 45 students and 15 mentors from Liverpool High School recently brought home a second place finish after the team competed in the FIRST® Robotics Finger Lakes Regional at the Rochester Institute of Technology on March 27 and 28.
After the team's hard work and determination throughout the weekend, LHS was selected to be on the first seeded-alliance during the playoff rounds of the competition. The alliance included Churchville-Chili High School (Rochester, NY) and Trumansburg High School (Trumansburg, NY).
The teams worked together to come up with a strategy to play this year’s FIRST® Robotics Competition called Recycle Rush, a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. This alliance of three teams played hard against seven other alliances and made it to the final rounds. The teams fought hard and only lost to the winning alliance by three points.
“The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today’s youth with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leading innovators,” said Ray Dromms, engineer for Welch Allyn and Arctic Warriors mentor. “This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology – instilling in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers.”
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization trying to increase interest in the STEM subjects, otherwise known as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The FIRST® Robotics Competition is a program specially designed to accomplish that goal. The FIRST® Robotics competition serves as a vehicle for students develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like-minded students in a pulse-pounding, exciting, non-traditional environment.
Team 174 (AKA The Arctic Warriors) would like to thank Carrier, Driver’s Village, Lockheed Martin, SRC, Mathworks, and Sprutcam for their generous support of the LHS Robotics program.
More information about the FIRST® Robotics Competition is available at http://www.usfirst.org and more information about Liverpool High School Robotics can be found at http://www.snobot.org.