Bellarmine College Preparatory’s Team 254 took first place in the Silicon Valley Regional (SVR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) held April 6-9 at San Jose State University. Competing with alliance partners, Team 1678 from Davis, CA, and Team 1662 from Lodi, CA, this is the ninth consecutive year the team, also known as the Cheesy Poofs, have won SVR.
The competition drew 64 teams, the majority of which were from California, although teams from Hawaii, Istanbul and China also participated.
The game for the 2016 competitive season, FIRST Stronghold, is played by two alliances of three teams each. Teams breach their opponent’s defenses, known as outer works, in order to capture their tower. Points are scored by firing boulders (i.e. foam balls) at tower goals and scaling the tower itself. Team 254’s robot, Dropshot, was designed and built in Bellarmine’s newly-expanded robotics lab on campus. The 8-wheel drive robot, with pneumatic wheels, fast intake, and turreted shooter allow for the robot to maneuver obstacles, pick up boulders quickly and aim at the goal without having to adjust position.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inspires young people to be science and technology leaders. By engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, the program inspires innovation, and fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.