First Robotics Team
Fennville High School has recently launched its own FIRST Robotics team that will compete in challenges designed to test the students’ skill in designing, building, and operating a robot designed to accomplish a given task. Team members work side-by-side with professionals in the field who mentor the students and teach them the skills necessary to design, build, and program the robot.
Each year the competition has a new game with unique design challenges. The game for 2014, Aerial Assist, is played on a 25 x 54-foot field by two alliances of three team search. The teams operate their robots from behind alliance walls at the ends of the field. The robots score goals by getting an exercise ball through one of the goals located at the opposite end of the field. Alliances try to score as many goals as possible during a two-minute and 30-second match. Bonus points are earned when alliance robots work together by passing the ball between robots in different zones of the field as they move the ball down the field to score a goal.
In early January fifteen high school students and several adult mentors traveled to Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor for a kick-off event with about twenty other teams from Southwest Michigan. At the event, the students were encouraged by local business leaders and U.S. Representative Fred Upton to enjoy the competition while they learned valuable high-tech skills. Following the kick-off, each team has just six weeks to design and build their robot for the competition. The team will then participate in competitions in March and April.
If you are interested in learning more about the Fennville FIRST Robotics Team, please contact Mr. Benson Propst, team coach, at (269)561-7241. The team is very grateful to all of the team mentors and area businesses who are providing time, expertise,materials and/or financial support for this year’s competition. Additional information and a video describing the competition can be found on the FIRST website at www.usfirst.org.