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LHS Arctic Warriors Compete at Finger Lakes Regional
Friday, March 23, 2018
Last weekend, the Liverpool High School Arctic Warriors traveled to the Rochester Institute of Technology to compete during the annual FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional.
The Arctic Warriors’ robot and drive team performed well throughout the weekend. While the team had a tough break with alliance selections, it out-performed a large number of teams, ranking 15th out of 50 teams in scoring.
In addition, the LHS Arctic Warriors Software Crew, led by senior Andrew Johnson, received the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation. The award celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical or software – to provide unique machine functions.
“Andrew impressed the judges with his knowledge and spoke eloquently as he described the complex control system that was designed and implemented on the robot, especially the reliable, accurate autonomous program,” said LHS technology teacher and Arctic Warriors co-advisor Eric Hubbard.
The LHS Arctic Warriors kicked off its robotics season in early January when 42 high school students and 15 mentors hit the ground running to collaborate and design a robot to meet the requirements for this year’s FIRST Robotics competition, FIRST Power Up.
Over a six-week period, the team built a robot that could retrieve and deliver “Power Cubes” onto scales at varying heights. Teams earned points based on how long it could keep the scale tipped in their favor and additional points from “Power Ups” that allowed a team to gain an advantage at any time during the match. At the end of the match, teams only had 30 seconds to climb a rung and face the game’s “boss.”
More information about the FIRST® Robotics Competition is available at the FIRST Web site and more information about Liverpool High School Robotics can be found on its Web site.