St. Ignatius Robotics is one of over 3,000 teams worldwide who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an event designed to involve high school students in robotics. Each year, teams build robots to compete in that year’s game. The robots weigh approximately 120 lbs and are designed, built and controlled by students. In past games robots have had to stack crates and trash cans (Recycle Rush), throw balls through goals (Arial Assist) and do much more! At the competition, teams participate in seeding matches. Then teams form alliances of 3 teams to compete against other alliances in the elimination rounds.
But FRC is much more than just robots; it’s about building community! All teams follow the Core Values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®. Gracious Professionalism® means we compete fairly, kindly and exhibit exemplary sportsmanship. Coopertition® means we emphasize a healthy balance on cooperation and competition.
In addition to the Core Values, FRC places a heavy emphasis on community outreach. FRC teams not only learn more about robotics and engineering, they share what they have learned with their community. FRC teams help promote and encourage STEM education in their communities.
For more information about FRC, please visit their website: http://www.usfirst.
This year the game is Infinite Recharge. The goal includes shooting foam balls known as Power Cells into high and low goals to activate a Shield Generator, spin a Control Panel to activate a shield, and returning to the Shield Generator at the end of the match. Watch this video to learn more! 🙂