Rochester, NY (WBNG Binghamton) he Chenango County F.I.R.S.T (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team, sponsored by Norwich Pharmaceuticals, joined 44 other teams from the Northeast and Canada at the Finger Lakes Regional Competition in Rochester March 4th and 5th.
The game “Logo Motion™” that swept FIRST teams nationwide in January was about FIRST’s 20th year of inspiring and creating the way the kids see and experience science and technology.
By the end of the first day of competition team #145 with their robot “Clamps” was ranked fourth against some of the best teams in the nation.
At the close of the qualifying matches on the second day, team #145 was ranked 5th, and ended up competing through to the semi-finals before being retired by an alliance team that used excellent strategy and defense against our robot.
This competition was touted as “the hardest fun ever” by FIRST founders.
The students from Norwich, Sherburne-Earlville, Otselic Valley and Unadilla Valley Schools agreed enthusiastically that building a robot that was able to outsmart and outperform many of the robots in the competition, was worth the 2500 hours of work that was put into creating “Clamps” and their mini-bot “Stewie.”
Audrey Robinson, team mentor said, “I have never seen a group of kids so dedicated and committed to a project of this magnitude. They all deserve recognition for the effort they put forth over the six week build time and the days during the competition.”
Team #145 came away with the Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen.
The award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.
The team was proud and excited to learn that they had won this award in honor of founder Dean Kamen’s father.
The team would like to thank sponsors, Norwich Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Norwich Glass, The Balloon Detail, NBT Bank, MJ Murray Photography and the Mid-York Press for their support, as well as all the people that supported individual students.
The team is currently planning for additional competitions in the spring, future robotics presentations and an awards ceremony.
For more information on FIRST, visit the team website at www.trx145.net or the FIRST site at www.usfirst.org.