On April 22, high school students from three Ventura County teams demonstrated the robots they entered in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
FIRST is the largest national robotics competition of its kind at the high school level. Students have only six weeks to design, build, program, and test a robot to perform against a field of competitors. The game, the rules and the robot specifications are different every year. This year, the game was Recycle Rush. Recycle Rush is a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. During the 2.5 minute match, robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.
The teams that participated were:
Pantherbotics from Newbury Park High School (Team 3863)
The Circuit of Life Robotics from Ventura High School (Team 3925)
Flying Aces Robotics from ACE Charter School (Team 4711)
The event was held at the Ahmanson Science Center on the California Lutheran University campus. Pizza was served courtesy of IEEE Buenaventura Computer Society Chapter. The chapter’s next meeting will be on May 6, when Salar Atrizadeh, Esq. will discuss Cloud Computing and Related State, Federal, or International Laws.
Photos courtesy Doug Askegard, Chuck Seabury, and Sourav Sinha.