DiscoBots Take home two Awards
The DiscoBots ( Team 2587 ) took home two awards this past weekend at the Lone Star Regional. The Lone Star Regional is a annual FIRST Robotics competition in which high school teams must build a robot in 6-weeks to accomplish a robotics challenge.
The newly created challenge this year is called "Ultimate Ascent" in which the robots play a game of scoring frisbees into elevated goals. In addition to scoring frisbees, teams also are awarded points for climbing a large pyramid structure at the end of challenge.
The DiscoBots robot named "Disk Jockey" had a strong showing and ranked 2nd in offensive power ranking at the event (shown below is a picture of the team and Disk Jockey at their pit).
The team paired up team Spectrum from St. Agnes/ Strake Jesuit (3847) and the Leopards from Booker T. Washington (57) to form the 3rd seed alliance in the elimination tournament.
The 3rd seed alliance went on to the tournament finals against the 1st seed alliance composed of the Robonauts sponsored by NASA-JSC (Clear Creek ISD - 118) , Robowranglers (Greenville ISD , 148) and TexSplosion (Manor High School - 2789).
The finals were hard-fought but the 1st seed showed too much firepower and went on to win 134 to 93 points. However the 3rd seed alliance led by the DiscoBots went on to earn a Tournament Finalist award for their efforts.
In Robotics competitions, many awards are given to teams in addition to the standard winners and finalist. The DiscoBots walked away with the Engineering Excellence award for their consistent autonomous and robust frisbee shooting mechanism.
We are going with high expectations at the Alamo Regional on March 27th !
The team uploaded photos on their website and published a build log of their robot design throughout the 6-week build season.
Videos of the matches and results have been uploaded to the blue alliance.
The DiscoBots team is composed of students from Lamar High School, homeschool partnerships and Carnegie Vanguard High School. The success and results of the team would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Sparx Engineering, ExxonMobil , Shell, EPO, Lamar Alumni Association and Texas Metal Specaility .