More than 12,000 students from around the globe traveled to St. Louis to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome April 23-26.
Two Lee’s Summit R-7 FIRST robotics teams, Lee’s Summit High School’s Team No. 1730 Team Driven and Lee’s Summit West High School’s Team No. 1986 Team Titanium, earned their way to compete in the three-day FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) World Championship event.
In this year’s game, AERIAL ASSISTSM, FRC teams took to the field, where competing alliances scored points by throwing balls over a truss, catching balls and putting as many balls in goals as possible.
The more alliances worked together to score, the more points their alliance received. Each team competed with and against 99 other teams in one of four divisions working to win their way to the championship bracket.
Although the LSHS and LSWHS teams were eliminated from the competition in the semifinal round of their respective division they were recognized with specific awards honoring their teams’ effort for design excellence, competitive play, research, business plans, website design, teamwork and partnerships.
Lee’s Summit High School received the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola which celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. Lee’s Summit West High School received the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors which celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.
These teams are now preparing their summer programs focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education. To find out more about the LSHS summer camp opportunities, go to http://camp.teamdriven.us for the schedule of Team Driven’s six robotics camps or to www.kcpowersource.com for the team’s app camp schedule.
Team Titanium will be running seven summer camps and workshops through the month of June for elementary and middle school students. For more information on Team Titanium’s summer offerings, go to http://www.teamtitanium.