The Bellarmine College Preparatory FIRST Robotics Team 254, “The Cheesy Poofs,” claimed victory in the World Championships of Robotics, the third time the team has achieved the top prize in the past six years. The competition was held April 26-29 at the Edward Jones Dome at St. Louis, Missouri, with 36 Bellarmine students participating in the tournament.
Bellarmine’s Team 254 previously won the World Championships of FIRST in 2011 and 2014. The most recent win was achieved working with Team 254 alliance partners Team 2767: Stryke Force (from Kalamazoo, Michigan); Team 862: Lightning Robotics (from Canton, Michigan); and Team 1676: The Pascack PI-oneers (from Montvale, New Jersey).
In addition to the World Championship, Team 254 earned a Divisional Innovation in Control Award celebrating its excellence in programming that greatly contributed to the team’s success.
“We were competing with 407 of the best teams from around the world including teams from Canada, France, the Netherlands, and Taiwan,” noted Peng Yav, Bellarmine Physics instructor and robotics team faculty moderator. “Teams are split into 6 divisions of 68 teams each, where each division operates like its own mini-tournament with qualification and elimination matches.
Team 254 first won the division we were in and then competed against the winners of the other 5 divisions to take home the Championship Title.”
Additional Team 254 faculty moderators from Bellarmine are Brad Lindemann, Dan Judnick, Sean Monroe, and Shane Liesegang.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.